Baldrick builds Blackadder time machine

Monday 13 September 1999 – EXCITE
Blackadder’s sidekick Baldrick, best known for his creativity with turnips, proves he can be even more imaginative by building a time machine.

The bumbling man-servant – played by Tony Robinson – builds a copy from Leonardo da Vinci’s designs in the new film Blackadder Back And Forth.

The film, in which the comic pair travel through the ages, can be seen by visitors to the Millennium Dome from January 1, 2000.

Rowan Atkinson stars as dapper Sir Edmund Blackadder, seen outside the gates of Blackadder Hall in his velveteen smoking jacket, who joins Baldrick for their time travels.

Atkinson and Robinson starred in four series of the BBC comedy Blackadder and were last united in Blackadder Goes Forth, shown a decade ago this month.
Baldrick, noted for his “cunning plans” but limited intelligence, finds he actually does something right by building a machine that works.

But the controls of his craft prove difficult to manage and they spin through history randomly, causing chaos.

Atkinson said: “Bringing Blackadder to the big screen has always been an ambition.

“I am delighted to be realising it to celebrate the arrival of the 21st Century, but extremely worried at the prospect of travelling through time with Baldrick.”

The film has been co-written by comic Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, who scripted the biggest grossing British movies of all time, Notting Hill and Four Weddings And A Funeral.