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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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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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Short | Comedy | History

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1988 (UK) See more »

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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

Lord Edmund Blackadder: I trust Christmas brings to you its traditional mix of good food and violent stomach cramp.
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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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23 August 1999 | by Patsy-9See 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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