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Blackadder's Christmas Carol: Includes Comic Relief Blackadder - The Cavalier Years (BBC Radio Collection) [Misc. Supplies]

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  • Misc. Supplies
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563389885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563389880
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,086,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Misc. Supplies
Messers Elton and Curtis serve up a festive edition of the nations favourite sardonic, scheming and manipulative rogue, only this time he's an all round nice bloke. It's Christmas Eve and want is keenly felt, but unlike his self-centred ancestors, Ebeneezer Blackadder is the most benevolent man in old London town. Even the exploitation of his boundless generousity by Mrs Cratchitt (who's son 'Tiny' Tom should, the later-transformed Blackadder suggests, be scooped out and used as a houseboat), loathsome niece Millicent et al cannot dampen this paragon of altruism's good cheer. But in a twist on Dickens' classic tale, the arrival of the oversized Robbie Coltrane as the ghost of Christmas, sees the hero transformed from loveable philanthropist to loathsome misanthropist, serving up the kind of scathing character we all know and love -Great! Visions from Elizabeth's court and Prince George's home awaken him to the profit to be made from being a selfish 'git' in the mould of his forefathers, and Mr Baldrick is bound to suffer for this change. Blackadder's Christmas Carol, though not of the consistent quality of many of the episodes from the full series, does not fail to amuse. It contains several of the classic one liners and put downs that Captain Blackadder would have been proud of, and there's a hilarious paucine version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (or Mr Blackadder in this case) which stirs the transformed hero's loathsome nature into memorable disgust. This is well worth a look, or listen, whether at the festive season or not. A must for the ardent fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Humbug! Humbug! Humbug, Mr Baldrick?" 30 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
At its best, Blackadder is a thing of absolute perfection. Richard Curtis & Ben Elton's writing - along with Rowan Atkinson's FLAWLESS interpretation of the diabolical, conniving figure who reincarnates throughout history - made series 2, 3 & 4 of the show pure legend. Discounting series 1 (which I found the weakest by far), Blackadder was overall impeccable, perhaps the greatest sitcom Britain gave to the world.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blackadder 3 Jan 2013
By josie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was a christmas present for my son in law he was very pleased with present. The gift was very reasonably priced
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blackadder is Iconic 10 Mar 2014
By Diane H - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An iconic British comedy from the 80s, Blackadder features such names as Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Each series is tremendously funny, as is this audio version, though the audio loses some of the zaniness of the video.
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