Black Adder the Third: Season 1, Episode 4

Sense and Senility (8 Oct. 1987)

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Following a failed assassination attempt, the Prince Regent hires two actors to tutor him in public speaking.

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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)
Hugh Paddick ...
Keanrick, thespian (as Mr. Hugh Paddick)
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Mossop, thespian (as Mr. Kenneth Connor)
Helen Atkinson-Wood ...
Mrs. Miggins, a coffee shoppekeeper (as Miss Helen Atkinson-Wood)
Ben Elton ...
Anarchist (as Mr. Ben Elton)
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The Prince Recent attends the theater, where he narrowly survives an assassination attempt. Shocked to learn that he is not loved by everyone in the country, he dispatches Edmund Blackadder to hire actors to educate him in speech and deportment. Blackadder is rightly worried about the consequences of this meeting, as the Prince seems incapable of understanding the concept of acting. Written by Murray Chapman

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The character names of Mossop and Keanrick refer to three famous thespians of the 18th and 19th century: the Irish actor Henry Mossop (1729-1744), the English actor Edmund Kean (1789-1833), and the English actor David Garrick (1717-1779). See more »

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In the play within the play there are two daggers and two swords on the stage when the actors are taking their applause. A moment later, when the anarchist jumps onto the stage, both swords and a dagger have gone. See more »

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Blackadder: Baldrick, I would like to say how much I will miss your honest and friendly companionship.
Baldrick: Aaahh, thank you Mr. B.
Blackadder: But as we both know, it'll be an utter lie. I will therefore confine myself to saying simply, "Sod off," and if I ever meet you again, it'll be twenty billion years too soon.
Baldrick: Goodbye, you lazy big-nosed, rubber-faced bastard.
Blackadder: I fear, Baldrick, that you will soon be eating those badly chosen words. I wouldn't bet you a single groat that you can survive five minutes here without me.
Baldrick: ...
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The actors are revolting!
5 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Edmund is less than thrilled that he and the thicky, George, are going to the theater. Part of this is due to the actors' overacting but most is that George is so dim he thinks it's all real--at one point yelling out in the middle of "Julius Caesar" to "look behind you, Julius!" when the actor is about to get stabbed! Unexpectedly, however, in the middle of the play an anarchist makes an attempt on the thicky's life. So the Regent decides to make a nice speech to show the common people that he loves them. But, as he's a thicky and can barely talk, the plan is to have a couple famous actors help coach him on how to deliver his speech.

When the actors arrive, they are pompous and annoying. Not surprisingly, Edmund hates them--and vice-versa. So, when the two actors begin rehearsing a play involving regicide and Baldrick and George think they are plotting to kill the Regent, Edmund takes advantage of this to make a few pounds AND rid himself of the annoying actors.

Overall, a very funny episode--one of the better ones of season three. Silly, funny and well-written. Plus the actors are such trolls that when bad things happen to them, the audience is left laughing!


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