- Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
- Directors: Richard Boden
- Writers: Ben Elton, Charles Dickens, Richard Curtis
- Producers: John Lloyd
- Format: PAL
- Classification: PG
- Studio: BBC
- VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
- Run Time: 43 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CLQ4
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Blackadder: Blackadder's Christmas Carol [VHS]
Charles Dickens' famous 'Christmas Carol' story told in the celebrated 'Blackadder' style. Ebeneezer Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is the loveliest, kindest man in all of Christendom, until the Ghost of Christmas (Robbie Coltrane) pays him a visit and shows him the wicked ways of his ancestors. Among the many miscreants encountered in this parade of festive infamy, we meet Blackadder II, who plays a Christmas death warrant trick on Lord Melchett, and butler Edmund Blackadder, who attempts to con Prince George into giving him all his Christmas presents.
Among the many films and TV shows which add a new twist to Charles Dickens' classic tale, Blackadder's Christmas Carol is the most ingenious. Made between Blackadder the Third (1987) and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), the inspired concept is to recast the self-serving Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) in Dickens' Scrooge role, but rather than a misanthropic miser make him the most kind-hearted man in England. Tony Robinson's Baldrick is as moronic as ever, while Robbie Coltrane plays the Spirit of Christmas like a forerunner to his Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, showing Edmund visions of past and future to not quite the desired effect. Hugh Laurie returns as the Prince Regent from Blackadder the Third and the entire court from Blackadder II (1986) is reassembled for japes involving a merry seasonal death warrant. Miranda Richardson is outrageously capricious as Elizabeth I, then takes the character a stage further in a decadent space opera future which also sees Patsy (Nursie) Byrne as an android. Though not quite as laugh-out-loud funny as the regular Blackadder series this is an excellent Yuletide special.
On the DVD: Blackadder's Christmas Carol offers nothing extra on DVD other than the inclusion of optional subtitles. The sound is mono but crystal clear and the 4:3 image is good considering the source material is a TV studio production shot on video. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
This one, however is top quality.
Its a take on 'A Christmas Carol' - with Rowan Atkinson in great form as Ebeneezer Blackadder the "kindest and loveliest man in all of England".
His kindly nature is demonstrated at the start of the episode as, on Christmas Eve the townsfolk gradually take advantage of his amiability and fleece him of his Christmas gifts and money, leaving him and his sidekick Baldrick with nothing.
He is visited on Christmas eve by an apparition - a hilarious turn by Robbie Coltrane who, under duress shows Blackadder how well his ancestors had done by being anything but nice.
This of course turns Blackadder from the nice chap at the start to the hard-bitten cynic we all know and love.
The jokes are mostly excellent, as are the supporting cast with Tony Robinson always good as Baldrick and Miriam Margolyes putting in a hilariously camp performance as Queen Victoria.
The show also has a real seasonal feel to it with the snow falling in Victorian London.
If you want some Christmas cynicism and plenty of laughs, this is for you.
Blackadder's Christmas Carol followed the successful trend, applying its winning formula of razor-sharp wits, perfect plotting and flawless performances from all the cast to this inspired parody of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Oblivious of his heritage, Ebenezer Blackadder is the complete opposite of his namesake. He's a wonderful, generous and caring human being...and easily taken advantage of. Then on the night before Christmas, he receives a haunting visitation from the Spirit of Christmas...and you can probably guess what happens next.
It's certainly a great twist on Dickens' story, and like the regular TV series, this Christmas Special just REEKS of perfection. The gags, the writing, the performances; everything simply delivers in hilarities. Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder), Tony Robinson (Baldrick), Miranda Richardson (Queen Elizabeth), Stephen Fry (Melchett) & Hugh Laurie (Prince Regent) are all on form, as are the likes of special guests Robbie Coltrane (Christmas Spirit), Miriam Margolyes (Queen Victoria) & Jim Broadbent (Prince Albert). Christmas Carol also features brilliant revisits to the Elizabethan and Regent ages of previous series, and an equally fantastic look at the Space Age...and what the ultimate future may hold for the Blackadder dynasty.Read more ›
Watch for the twist at the end.
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This is the story of scrooge turned upside down
And the mastery of the comedy on display in this rowan Atkinson classic is side splittingly funny
Great to have this classic comedy at such a great price. Many thanks.Published 3 months ago by juleslenono
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