Black Adder 5 Seasons 1988

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1. Blackadder's Christmas Carol TV-PG CC

Christmas Eve, 1850 - In the reign of good Queen Vic, there stood, in Dumpling Lane in old London town, the Moustache Shoppe of one Ebenezer Blackadder - the kindest and loveliest man in all England. That is until the Spirit of Christmas shows up and introduces him to the ways of his loathsome ancestors.

Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
December 23, 1988

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Richard Boden
Season year 1988
Network BBC
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

British humor is very dry.
Karina
I personally think that Rowan Atkinson best role was the Black Adder.
Timothy Kindle
It was about being good or being bad and this was pretty bad.
Georgia A. Morrison-Flores

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ed Maxell on December 10, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
In this touching tale inspired by Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol," Blackadder is the kindest and most generous man in all of England...until he realizes that bad guys have all the fun.
Perhaps Ebeneezer Blackadder would have been successful as one of the series, since his character shines with the aura of comedy possessed by his ancestors. Baldrick is still with him and as dumb as ever.
Also returning is the brain-the-size-of-a-walnut Prince of Wales, Queenie, Percy, Lord Melchett, and a very revealing Baldrick of the future (Along with a neo-nursie and some others).
Co-starring Robbie Coltrane as the very funny ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, Rowan Atkinson's Ebeneezer is right up there with Simms, Scott, and Stewart...that is, if he can survive the kraut-prince and Queen piglet.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Maxham on June 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
If you are even looking at this info about this videotape, my guess is that you fall into one of three categories:
First, you may be looking for versions of a Christmas Carol. If you are one of these people, and don't know doodly squat about Black Adder, I'd recommend hitting the "Back" button right now and clicking on something else that stars Alastair Sim or (my preference) George C. Scott. This is NOT what you want.
Second, you are a Blackadder fan and either are looking around for Blackadder stuff, or looking specifically for this tape. If so, just buy the damn thing. It's funny as heck (although I didnt like the future bit too much, but that's okay) and it's typical, classic Blackadder. You are probably just reading these reviews to make sure it's consistent with the others- it is. Hit One-click.
Third- perhaps this tape was recc'd to you by Amazon because you bought something else that suggests you'll like this. IF you like the smart, sarcastic, sharp (and sometimes mean) British sense of humor (Maybe some Red Dwarf or Fawlty Towers), again I say- just buy the damn thing. But get all the other Blackadders while you are at it.
To be honest with you, this tape is actually really refreshing at Christmas time- all that cheer and goodwill towards men- it cleanses the palate to have one hour of Blackadder.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By tropic_of_criticism on December 30, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I'm of two minds about this tape.
On the one hand, it's devilishly clever. Writer Ben Elton has taken the standard CHRISTMAS CAROL holiday episode, turned it inside out, and flipped it back on itself again. In the process, though, he's done the same to the Black Adder character, and careful observers of that series may not like what he's done.
This hour-long episode is a very hip thing to watch during the holidays, especially with friends you suspect can handle something different. Often hilarious, BLACK ADDER'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL will certainly amuse people who embrace their inner "Bah! Humbug". It's definitely worth buying.
But I'm not sure it's much of a Christmas present for those of us who already know and like the series. The thing about Blackadder, as a character, is that he's not unpleasant just to be so. He's one of those guys stuck in the middle of life, who is better than his current position, but unable to find a way to the top. Surrounded by people less capable than himself, but cowardly, his only recourse is his wit. And so everyone suffers his tongue. The series, as a whole, derives its humor from the fact that Edmund Blackadder (or, if you will, The Black Adder) is an Everyman who has existed In every generation, and can comment wryly about them all.
Ebenezer Blackadder, by contrast, is shackled to the simplicity of Ebenezer Scrooge. As a character, there's nothing to Scrooge, really. He's mean, he sees ghosts, and then suddenly he's nice. By extension, Ebenezer Blackadder is similarly thin. He starts out a philanthropist, sees ghosts, and becomes horrible. Yes, he's still trying to find a way to the top, and yes, it's still funny watching him try.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
Rowan Atkinson has had several incarnations of Blackadder (each one a different century) and entitled BlackAdder I,II, III and (IV - which took place during World War I - 20th century). Therefore I was curious if there should be another (the Vth) would it take place in the 21st century? This tale of the Christmas Carol does look into an "outerspace Intergalactic" future scene (which takes place in another century beyond ours). Rowan Atkinson also cleverly recycles many of his old familiar cast to play traditional roles in this retelling of Dickens' classic holiday story. Of course his "twist" is that initially his "Scrooge" is so kind and nice to everyone that he paupers himself by giving everything away and suffers a brutally lonely and penniless Christmas holiday. After experiencing this, he realizes his miserable existence and instead of becoming good and kind, as Dickens intended his old miser's transformation, "HE" changes for the worst. But, it is still clever and charming, especially for Black Adder fans, and Rowan Atkinson fans as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SThiele on December 9, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a totally hilarious twist on the Dicken's classic. A must own for any British comedy or Blackadder fans.

"Blackadder's Christmas Carol" should be a Christmas classic.

Especially interesting to watch if you are a fan of the TV show, "House".

Highly recommended!
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