Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988, TV) – 9/10 review

Rowan Atkinson: Blackadders
Tony Robinson: Baldricks
Writer: Richard Curtis
Writer: Ben Elton
Director: Richard Boden
Producer: John Lloyd

Blackadder special.1 Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988)

England’s most generous person, Ebenezer Blackadder is visited by the Spirit of Christmas and gets an insight into how his scheming, selfish ancestors lived.


Wonderfully inventive and extremely funny version of the Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol which takes the timeless story and turns it on its head. This is probably the finest Christmas television special of any drama or comedy ever not just because it’s clever and funny but also because it feels appropriate for the season. The wordsmithery is delightful once more and Atkinson as the various Blackadders is sublime. His delivery as each is perfect and they all feel like completely distinct characters.

This Blackadder episode contains bad language, mild swear words and comic violence and baldrick in a jockstrap.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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