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Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)

After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.

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Richard Boden

Writers:

Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Blackadders
Tony Robinson ... Baldricks
Miranda Richardson ... Queen Elizabeth I / Asphyxia XIX
Stephen Fry ... Lords Melchett / Frondo
Hugh Laurie ... Princes Regent / Pigmot
Robbie Coltrane ... Spirit of Christmas
Miriam Margolyes ... Queen Victoria
Jim Broadbent ... Prince Albert
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Nursie / Bernard
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Beadle
Pauline Melville Pauline Melville ... Mrs Scratchit
Philip Pope Philip Pope ... Lord Nelson
Nicola Bryant ... Millicent
Ramsay Gilderdale Ramsay Gilderdale ... Ralph
David Barber David Barber ... Enormous Orphan
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Storyline

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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Blackadder's Christmas Carol by Ben and Dick.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackadder's Christmas Carol See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It has been noticed by some that Robbie Coltrane's costume and character in this Christmas special, has a nearly identical portrayal to his much later role as Hagrid, in the film versions of J.K.Rowling's series of Harry Potter books. Also, its been claimed that JK Rowling herself had said Robbie Coltrane was always intended to have been cast as Hagrid in the films, suggesting that this Blackadder episode may in part have inspired the creation of Hagrid. See more »

Goofs

Queen Victoria is depicted wearing her stereotypical black clothing; however, Victoria did not actually begin to dress all in black until after her husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861. See more »

Quotes

Ebeneezer Blackadder: In fact, there is something in your stocking, Baldrick, something I made for you.
Baldrick: Ah, well that's the best kind of gift, Mr. B. What is it?
Ebeneezer Blackadder: It's a fist. It's for hitting people with. (Punches Baldrick) And the great thing is, you can use it again and again! (hits Baldrick again)
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In some copies, the line "They want us to do another one at Easter - they want to see us nail up the dog" has been cut. See more »

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Version of A Christmas Carol (1947) See more »

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hilarious!
7 March 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

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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