Rowan Atkinson and the cast of legendary comedy series Blackadder are back for this one-off documentary special to mark 25 years since the original BBC transmission in 1983. Featuring ... See full summary »
Various mishaps at a police station in an English town. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot.
Edmund Blackadder and Baldrick his dogsbody are transplanted this time to Dickensian England in this one-off episode. He is kind, gentle and caring, but visits from an assortment of ghosts soon have him back to his old ways. Written by
It has been noted, by fans of the one-off "Blackadder's Christmas Carol" that the visual appearance of Robbie Coltrane's "Spirit of Christmas" has a very strong resemblance to Hagrid's visual appearance in the J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter film series. It's highly plausible that JK Rowling saw it sometime from 1988 onwards, and later visualized Hagrid looking that way while she wrote the original books. This would also explain why Robbie Coltrane was the first to be cast, as he was in effect always Hagrid. See more »
Admiral Nelson never wore an eye patch over his lost eye. See more »
Well, it went all right until the shepherds came on. See, we haven't been able to get any real sheep, so we had to stick some wool...
On some other dogs!
Yeah. And the moment Jesus got a whiff of them, he's away! While the angel's singing "peace on earth, good will to mankind," Jesus scampers across and tries to get one of the sheep to give him a piggy-back ride!
Scarcely appropriate behavior for the Son of God, Mister Baldrick! Weren't the children upset?
No, they loved it! They want us to do ...
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After the list of the cast and crew at the end of the movie, we see the words "A Merry Messy Kweznuz" scribbled, "Kweznuz" replacing "Kwelfnuve" which is stricken out. As Blackadder correctly had noted this is spelling Christmas without getting a single letter right. See more »
A fantastic idea, this one. Take the old chestnut 'A Christmas Carol', give it a shake-up, and turn it on its head.
Ebenezer Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson in fine form as ever) is a good guy, who gives away anything to anyone, and is truly chock-full of the Christmas spirit. Time for the Spirit of Christmas (a rip-roaring turn from Robbie Coltrane) to work his magic, invoke the spirits of Ebenezer's ancestors and descendants, and inform him of the errors of his ways.
We're reminded of Blackadder's former incarnations, in Tudor and Regency times, and of the cunning plans and twists of the long-gone relatives. We meet again with the likes of Queenie (Miranda Richardson), Melchett (Stephen Fry), Nursie (Patsy Byrne), and Prince George (Hugh Laurie). And of course the Cratchit character - Baldrick, who else! - suffers more and more as the story unfolds.
A scary turn from Miriam Margoyles and Jim Broadbent (Victoria and Albert), and a mind-boggling look into the distant future completes the transformation.
Not shown often enough, this is a real plum-pudding of a piece.
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