Blackadder. Mr. Edmund Blackadder, Esquire (Rowan Atkinson)


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1983 - 2000
  • 26 episodes (4 series)

The Blackadder dynasty has run through English history since time immemorial, seemingly always hampered by a Baldrick, and often a Percy and Melchett. Stars Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and more.

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1988 Specials - Blackadder's Christmas Carol

Blackadder. Image shows left to right: Ebenezer Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), Baldrick (Tony Robinson). Credit: BBC
Ebenezer Blackadder is the kindest man in England, until a visit from the Spirit of Christmas helps him to see the error of his ways.

Further details

It is Christmas Eve, and the kindest man in England, Ebenezer Blackadder, has just given away his last penny - literally.

An appearance by the Spirit of Christmas educates the kindly gent of his ancestors' lives, and of his own future prospects. Ebenezer decides that a few changes need to be made...

The first ever Blackadder with a pleasant personality gets his comeuppance pretty damn fast.

Broadcast details

Friday 23rd December 1988
45 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 1st December 2010 10:55pm Gold
Thursday 2nd December 2010 7:40pm Gold
Friday 24th December 2010 10:00pm Gold
Saturday 25th December 2010 8:35pm BBC2
Sunday 18th December 2011 10:00pm Gold
Monday 19th December 2011 7:05pm Gold
Saturday 24th December 2011 5:00pm Gold
Sunday 25th December 2011 11:55am Gold
Monday 24th December 2012 4:00pm Gold
Monday 24th December 2012 10:00pm Gold
Tuesday 25th December 2012 8:00pm BBC2
Thursday 13th June 2013 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 1st December 2013 9:00pm Gold
Monday 2nd December 2013 7:40pm Gold
Tuesday 24th December 2013 10:00pm Gold
Wednesday 25th December 2013 4:00pm Gold
Saturday 1st March 2014 8:00pm Gold
Friday 5th December 2014 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 6th December 2014 8:00pm Gold
Wednesday 24th December 2014 10:00pm Gold
Thursday 25th December 2014 7:00pm Gold
Thursday 25th December 2014 8:30pm BBC2
Saturday 7th February 2015 11:55am Gold
Saturday 7th February 2015 10:45pm Gold
Friday 6th November 2015 8:15pm Gold
Tuesday 1st December 2015 9:55pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd December 2015 7:00pm Gold
Sunday 13th December 2015 10:25am Gold
Sunday 13th December 2015 6:00pm Gold
Thursday 24th December 2015 10:00pm Gold
Friday 25th December 2015 7:00pm Gold
Sunday 27th December 2015 10:20pm Dave
Monday 28th December 2015 8:00pm Dave
Monday 18th January 2016 8:00pm Gold
Tuesday 19th January 2016 1:00pm Gold
Friday 2nd December 2016 8:20pm Gold
Saturday 3rd December 2016 6:00pm Gold
Tuesday 13th December 2016 10:30pm Gold
Saturday 24th December 2016 11:40pm Gold
Sunday 25th December 2016 7:15pm BBC2
Sunday 25th December 2016 9:15pm Gold
Wednesday 19th April 2017 9:00pm Yesterday
Thursday 20th April 2017 11:00am Yesterday
Monday 13th November 2017 10:00pm Yesterday
Friday 17th November 2017 8:20pm Gold
Saturday 18th November 2017 6:00pm Gold
Saturday 1st December 2018 8:00pm Gold
Sunday 2nd December 2018 4:00pm Gold
Sunday 9th December 2018 5:00pm Gold
Sunday 9th December 2018 8:50pm Gold
Tuesday 25th December 2018 1:15am Gold
Tuesday 25th December 2018 8:10pm Gold
Saturday 7th December 2019 7:50pm Gold
Sunday 8th December 2019 4:35pm Gold
Saturday 21st December 2019 12:00am Gold
Wednesday 25th December 2019 7:00pm Gold
Sunday 6th December 2020 10:55pm Gold
Monday 7th December 2020 3:10am Gold
Saturday 19th December 2020 12:00pm Gold
Thursday 24th December 2020 11:35pm Gold
Friday 25th December 2020 6:40pm Gold
Sunday 5th December 2021 8:00pm Gold
Monday 6th December 2021 1:00am Gold
Monday 6th December 2021 5:05pm Gold
Monday 20th December 2021 7:05pm Gold
Tuesday 21st December 2021 6:20pm Gold
Thursday 23rd December 2021 6:45pm BBC2
Saturday 25th December 2021 8:00pm Gold
Sunday 26th December 2021 12:55am Gold
Sunday 4th December 2022 8:00pm Gold
Monday 5th December 2022 4:10pm Gold
Wednesday 21st December 2022 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 22nd December 2022 6:15pm BBC2
Friday 23rd December 2022 2:00am Gold
Sunday 25th December 2022 8:15pm Gold
Saturday 2nd December 2023 8:00pm Gold
Sunday 3rd December 2023 1:05am Gold
Sunday 3rd December 2023 5:45pm Gold
Friday 8th December 2023 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 9th December 2023 12:35am Gold
Monday 25th December 2023 6:00pm Gold
Tuesday 26th December 2023 3:05am Gold

Cast & crew

Rowan Atkinson Lord Edmund Blackadder
Rowan Atkinson Mr. Edmund Blackadder, Esquire
Tony Robinson Baldrick
Hugh Laurie Prince Regent
Miranda Richardson Queen Elizabeth I
Stephen Fry Lord Melchett
Patsy Byrne Nursie
Guest cast
Rowan Atkinson Ebenezer Blackadder
Miranda Richardson Asphyxia XIX
Stephen Fry Frondo
Hugh Laurie Pigmot
Robbie Coltrane Spirit of Christmas
Miriam Margolyes Queen Victoria
Jim Broadbent Prince Albert
Denis Lill Beadle
Pauline Melville Mrs Scratchit
Philip Pope Lord Nelson
Nicola Bryant Millicent
Ramsay Gilderdale Ralph
David Barber Enormous Orphan
Erkan Mustafa Enormous Orphan
David Nunn Enormous Orphan
Writing team
Richard Curtis Writer
Ben Elton Writer
Production team
Richard Boden Director
John Lloyd Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Antony Thorpe Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer


12 Days of Christmas Specials 4: Blackadder

Blackadder's Christmas Carol was a feature-length special, made in-between Blackadder The Third and Blackadder Goes Forth. It tells of the story of Ebenezer Blackadder, who against type, is the nicest man in the whole of England...

Rhianna Evans, The Comedy Blog, 17th December 2019

Blackadder's Christmas Carol at 30

Thirty years ago, Blackadder brought us a brilliantly subversive take on the Charles Dickens classic - and it's still inspired.

Mark Butler, i Newspaper, 13th December 2018

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