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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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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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 »

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

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Ebenezer Blackadder: [after the Spirit shows him a vision of his future] So, let's get this straight: If I was bad, my descendants would rule the entire universe!
Spirit of Christmas: Maybe... Maybe... But would you be happy? Being ruler of the universe is not all it's cracked up to be - there's the long hours... I mean, you wave at people the whole time. You're no longer your own boss.
Ebenezer Blackadder: But, so, what if I stayed good? What then does the future hold?
Spirit of Christmas: Ah, well, I really must put my foot down here. I've got four hauntings and a '...
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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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23 August 1999 | by (Calgary, AB) – See all my reviews

I find that hard to believe! Anyone, allow me to rectify this. Blackadder's Christmas Carol has some of the funniest material of all the Blackadders. Set in Victorian times (Jim Broadbeat looks stunningly like Prince Albert), there's a neat turnabout this time - Ebenezer Blackadder is the nicest, most entirely selfless man in the whole of England! A visit from Robbie Coltrane, hilarious as the ghost of Christmas who decided to visit someone who's all ready nice for a change, shows Blackadder the naughty behaviour of some of his ancestors, not to mention the future. But Ebenezer draws the wrong conclusion. You can sense the relish in Rowan Atkinson's voice as he proclaims "Bad guys have all the fun!" - what he means is, playing bad guys is all the fun. Don't miss this one.


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