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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

This film and Blackadder Back & Forth (1999) are the only two to actively reprise characters from previous Blackadder incarnations (namely new segments for Blackadder II (1986) and Blackadder the Third (1987)). 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

Baldrick: Christmas is a time for miracles. So maybe, if we screw up our eyes really tight and pray to the big pink pixie in the sky, someone will come and reward us.
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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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Maybe you've seen them all...but you HAVE to see this one too!
3 September 2001 | by tiggerhansSee all my reviews

I don't know how many versions there are of the famous Christmas Carol. The oldest versions and the one from Disney are the best I think. Some more recent versions are all terrible, but this one from 88 is an excellent one. Of course, it seems that there is a group of fans devided into two. Fans of American humor, fans of Brittis humor. I tend to prefer the last one. This version of Blackadder is Brittish humor at its best, and I never can get enough of it.


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