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)  »

Also Known As:

A Fekete Vipera karácsonyi éneke  »

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Ramsay Gilderdale later played Guy of Gisbourne in BBC's Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (1989), created by Tony Robinson (Baldrick), who also stars as The Sheriff of Nottingham. See more »


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Baldrick: I've been helping out with the workhouse Nativity play.
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Ebenezer Blackadder: Oh, dear! This high infant mortality rate's a real devil when it comes to staging quality children's theatre. What did you do?
Baldrick: Got another Jesus.
Ebenezer Blackadder: Oh, thank goodness. And his name?
Baldrick: "Spot." There weren't any more children so we had to settle for a dog instead.
Ebenezer Blackadder: Oh, dear. I'm not convinced that Christianity would have established its firm grip ...
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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 »


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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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