Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988)

UK, 23 December 1988
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British comedy fantasy television special directed by Richard Boden.

Plot Summary

Ebenezer Blackadder is the kindest and most generous man in Edwardian London and lives a frugal but happy life with his dim-witted servant Baldrick. But one Christmas Eve, Blackadder is visited by a ghost who shows him how appalling his ancestors (and indeed his far future descendents) are. A nasty transformation is about to overcome the kindly Edmund Blackadder…


* = uncredited

Director: Richard Boden
Producer: John Lloyd
Production Manager: Sarah Gowers
[Written] By: Richard Curtis and Ben Elton
Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens *
Lighting Director: Henry Barber
Camera Supervisors: Chris Glass, Roger Goss
Technical Co-ordinator: Mike Chislett
Videotape Editor: Chris Wadsworth
Vision Mixer: Angela Beveridge
Music by: Howard Goodall
Sung by: Sally-Anne Marsh, Costandia Gosti, Natalie Cramer, Lydia Cumber
Sound Supervisors: Alan Machin, Peter Barville
Costume Designer: Richard Croft
Make-Up Designer: Vicky Pocock
Visual Effects Designer: Steve Lucas
Designer: Antony Thorpe
Graphic Designer: Tom Brooks
Properties Buyer: John Watts
Assistant Floor Manager: Lindsay Trenholme
Production Secretary: Hilary Charles
Production Assistant: Jayne Spooner

Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder [opening titles] Blackadders [end titles]
Tony Robinson as Baldrick [opening titles] Baldricks [end titles]
Stephen Fry (Lords Melchett/Frondo)
Hugh Laurie (Princes Regent/Pigmot)
Miranda Richardson (Queen Elizabeth I/Asphyxia XIX)
Robbie Coltrane (Spirit of Christmas)
Miriam Margoyles (Queen Victoria)
Jim Broadbent (Prince Albert)
Patsy Byrne (Nursie/Bernard)
Denis Lill (Beadle)
Pauline Melville (Mrs Scratchit)
Philip Pope (Lord Nelson)
Nicola Bryant (Millicent)
Ramsay Gilderdale (Ralph)
David Barber, Erkan Mustafa, David Nunn (enormous orphans)
Martino Lazzeri [boy] *
Barbara Miller [Granny] *

Sequel to
The Black Adder (1983)
Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1988)

Blackadder Back and Forth (1999)


Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy p.84 – credits, review