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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.

Director:

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 »

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Trivia

Space Commander Travis, the antagonist of Blake's 7 (1978), was a major influence on Grand Admiral Blackadder. 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

Mrs. Scratchit: Ah, Mr. Ebenezer! I was wondering if you had perhaps a little present for me...? or had found me a little fowl for Tiny Tom's Christmas...?
Ebenezer Blackadder: I've always found you 'foul,' Mrs. Scratchit - and more than a little! As for Tiny Tom's Christmas: he can stuff it up his enormous muscular backside.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) See more »

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Yet more brilliance from the Blackadder Team
9 July 2001 | by eil-2See all my reviews

Blackadder's Christmas Carol makes for exceedingly good comedy. It is memorable because it turns Dicken's tale of the Victorian holiday season on its head. So, rather than a mean old miser repenting his evil ways, Ebeneezer Blackadder, the kindest man in England, repents his kind ways and turns into a nasty loner. The writing is sublime and it is good to see past Blackadders, but not the futuristic version. That just rings hollow with its over use of incomprehensible jargon and silly costumes.


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