Blackadder: The Cavalier Years

Synopsis: In 1648, Sir Edmund Blackadder, descendant of Prince Edmund Plantagent and currently the sole member of the noble dynasty, is one of two people who stayed loyal to King Charles I after Oliver Cromwell's threat, the other being Baldrick, descendant of a pig farmer and a bearded lady. To protect his liege, Sir Edmund has hid the king (the series has already proven to us that the royals are insane) in Blackadder Hall, but Baldrick unwittingly betrays the ruler when Cromwell arrives at the Hall. Blackadder decides he must save the king when he is sentenced to execution, and becomes frustrated when Baldrick cluelessly accepts a job as executioner- until he realizes he may be able to use it to save Charles...
Genre: Comedy, History, Short
15 min

that they will never straddle.


What is that exactly?

They will never find

a man to behead you.

They'd have hundreds of volunteers

to execute Cromwell, he's so ugly.

He's got so many warts on his face...'s only when he sneezes that

you find out which one is his nose.

But they'll never find

a man to execute you.

Well, I find that absolutely tragic.

There are so many young people

who would leap at a chance like this.

All they need

is the initiative, somehow.

I suppose, in a sense, that's what

my award scheme is all about.

- Really?

- Yes.

On the other hand, of course,

I don't want my head cut off.

- It's a question of balance, like...

- Shut up! With respect Your Majesty.

They'll never find an executioner.

And if they do,

may my conjugal dipstick

turn into a tennis racket.

A message for the King.

# There's a tavern in the town... #

For God's sake, stop that Baldrick!

It's bad enough having one's life

in ruins, without being serenaded... a moron with all the entertainment

value of a tap-dancing oyster.

I'm sorry, sir.

I can't help it.

You see, I've just had

a little windfall.

Baldrick, I've told you before, if you're

going to do that, go into the garden.

No, I mean

I've come into some money.


Family inheritance?

No, I ate that ages ago.

Yes, of course. Your thoughtful

father bequeathed you a turnip.

No, it was 50 pounds actually,

it was delicious.

But this is just a little something

that fell in my lap.

Not the first time that there's been

a little something in your lap.

- No, but this one is a job.

- Really? I just don't understand it.

Where on earth did they find a man

so utterly without heart and soul,

so low and degraded

as to accept the job...

...of beheading

the King of England?

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Richard Curtis

Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born 8 November 1956) is a New Zealand-born English screenwriter, producer and film director. One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, and Love Actually, as well as the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. He is also the co-founder of the British charity Comic Relief along with Lenny Henry. more…

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