There are a number of Blackadder specials which accompany the TV series. They expand the Blackadder universe, sometimes linking with a previous series, sometimes giving a tantalising glimpse to Blackadder TV series that never were.
Over the years, there have been many Blackadder specials. Some of them, such as sketches for charity shows are only a few minutes long. Others, were longer, stand alone episodes. There are three main stand alone Blackadder specials, listed below.
Blackadder – The Cavalier Years
This Blackadder special, is just 15 minutes long, and is set during the English Civil War. Filmed for the Comic Relief Red Nose Day, it was broadcast on Friday 5 February 1988. Sir Edmund Blackadder and Baldrick, try to assist and save the defeated King Charles I of England.
Blackadder’s Christmas Carol has taken on a status as reverential as the original Christmas Carol on which it is loosely based. Unusually, Blackadder, or Ebenezer Blackadder as he is called in this special, is the total opposite from his normally selfish and conniving self. In fact, he is described as the “kindest and loveliest” man in England. Picture the Christmas carol in reverse, and you get a good idea as to the direction this Blackadder Christmas Special takes!
Blackadder: Back and Forth
This Blackadder special is a tale of time-travelling fun, filmed for the millennium. After planning to fool his friends with a fake time machine, Blackadder and Baldrick find out that by a bizarre set of circumstances, it actually works!
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