If you’re a fan of British comedy at any level, you are keenly aware that the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Carol that’s set for Christmas day broadcast in both the UK and the US is not the first adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale that has a British comedy twist. Perhaps the best, and maybe the first, was the Blackadder Christmas Carol, which premiered in 1988. Narrated by Hugh Laurie, it tells the tale of Ebenezer Blackadder, the ‘nicest man in England’. That’s where the minds of Richard Curtis and Ben Elton kick in.
Overnight, on Christmas Eve, Blackadder is taken on a tour of “Blackadder past” by the Spirit of Christmas, Robbie Coltrane (there’s definitely early shades of Hagrid here). Ultimately, Ebenezer Blackadder decides that ‘bad guys have all the fun‘ and, as they say, the rest is history. Typical British comedy with brilliant writing and a great cast including not only the obvious of Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Miranda Richardson, along with Robbie Coltrane, Jim Broadbent and Miriam Margoyles.
If you haven’t seen, get thee to the video store to rent now or, watch below for immediate gratification.
Happy holidays from Tellyspotting.
Blackadder Christmas Carol – part 1
Blackadder Christmas Carol – part 2
Blackadder Christmas Carol – part 3
Blackadder Christmas Carol – part 4
Blackadder Christmas Carol – part 5