Black Adder the Third: Season 1, Episode 2

Ink and Incapability (24 Sep. 1987)

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Baldrick burns the only copy of Samuel Johnson's dictionary, and Blackadder has only one weekend to rewrite it.

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Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince (as Mr. Rowan Atkinson)
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Baldrick, a dogsbody (as Mr. Tony Robinson)
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The Prince Regent, their master (as Mr. Hugh Laurie)
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Helen Atkinson-Wood ...
Mrs. Miggins, a coffee shoppekeeper (as Miss Helen Atkinson-Wood)
Lee Cornes ...
Shelley, romantic junkie poet (as Mr. Lee Cornes)
Steve Steen ...
Byron, romantic junkie poet (as Mr. Steve Steen)
Jim Sweeney ...
Coleridge, romantic junkie poet (as Mr. Jim Sweeney)
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Samuel Johnson has nearly completed his dictionary, and visits his sponsor the Prince Regent. Unfortunately, the illiterate Baldrick burns the manuscript leaving Blackadder the impossible task of recreating in one weekend what it took Johnson nearly a decade to write. Written by Murray Chapman

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dictionary | poet | novel | dream | men hugging | See more »

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Robbie Coltrane had previously played Dr. Samuel Johnson in a one-man show, 'Your Obedient Servant' in 1987 at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, which both Richard Curtis and Ben Elton attended. See more »

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While Baldrick and Blackadder discuss the dictionary which Baldrick has just burned to produce the large fire burning behind them, the hiss of the gas used to produce the flames can be heard. See more »

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Blackadder: We are going to Mrs. Miggins' Coffee Shop, we are going to find out where Dr. Johnson keeps a copy of his dictionary, and YOU are going to steal it.
Baldrick: Me?
Blackadder: Yes, you.
Baldrick: Why me?
Blackadder: Because you burnt it, Baldrick.
Baldrick: But then I will go to Hell forever for stealing.
Blackadder: Believe me, Baldrick, eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me... and this pencil.
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Spoofs The Nelson Affair (1973) See more »

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Class Act
23 March 2008 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I've been hearing about this TeeVee series for years and finally watched an episode.

Its probably not a fair assessment because the gimmick depends on accretive jokes. But I was fairly impressed.

The reason is that the basis for the story and many of the jokes depends on a literary awareness. Its a bit of a pleasure. No, the jokes weren't any better in formation than what you usually see. But there's something deep and lasting in literate humor, even silly puns. I wonder why this is so rare, even in films.

This is superimposed on relationship situations. Most sitcoms are, but because this is intelligently British, its not based on friends and lovers, but on class. Even for this non- Brit, that element goes deeper.

If I were going to mess with TeeVee shows, this would be near the top of the list.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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