Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)

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Pleasant Ebenezer Blackadder is turned into a cruel and witty miser after seeing visions of his ancestors and descendants.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lords Melchett / Frondo
Prince Regent / Pigmot
Patsy Byrne ...
Nursie / Bernard
Denis Lill ...
Pauline Melville ...
Philip Pope ...
Ramsay Gilderdale ...
David Barber ...
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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 Niz

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23 December 1988 (UK)  »

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A Fekete Vipera karácsonyi éneke  »

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The Christmas special of "Blackadder" is a parody of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Instead of Edmund Blackadder being visited by three ghosts, he is visited by only one ghost and instead of showing Blackadder's past, present and future, he shows Blackadder visions of his ancestors and his distant descendant and Blackadder is changed from kind and generous to cruel and nasty. See more »


Admiral Nelson never wore an eye patch over his lost eye. See more »


Ebenezer Blackadder: "Christmas" has an H in it, Mr Baldrick. And an R. Also an I and an S; also a T, an M, an A, and another S. Oh, and you've missed out the C at the beginning.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


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24 April 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Edmund Blackadder is one of the greatest characters British television has ever produced . He`s cruel , selfish and oh so cunning and it`s a bit of a shock to see him undergo a character change and be the kindest man in all of England . But don`t worry , in this reworking of Dickens A CHRISTMAS CAROL Blackadder soon turns into the anti hero we all know and hate

This is a side splitting Christmas feast for fans of the BLACKADDER series and we get flashbacks to series two and three of the historical sit-com and a glimpse of how the show might have looked if it continued into the space age . To be honest I don`t think a science fiction version of BLACKADDER would have worked well but I did find the concept interesting and highly amusing at the same time .

Don`t worry if you watch it in the height of summer , you`ll still find it funny

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