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.

9/10

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.

Blackadder Back & Forth (1999, Movie) – 7/10

Rowan Atkinson: All Blackadders
Tony Robinson: All Baldricks
Writer: Richard Curtis
Writer: Ben Elton
Producer: Sophie Clarke-Jervoise
Director: Paul Weiland

Blackadder Special.2 Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

Edmund Blackadder builds a time machine and, to prove it works, wagers £30,000 with his friends that he can bring back relics from the past. It’s all a big joke, of course, but Baldrick puts a spanner in the works by accidentally building a fully functional time machine and sends himself and his master on a collision course with history.

7/10

There are enough laughs and more than enough plot but everyone, including the writers and director, is making it look rather harder work than during Blackadder the Third and Blackadder Goes Forth.

This Blackadder episode contains a mild swear word in closing song, offensive gesture in opening credits and mild comic violence and unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.