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Sense and Senility 

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

Director:

Mandie Fletcher (as Mifs. Mandie Fletcher)

Writers:

Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)
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Episode cast overview:
Rowan Atkinson ... Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince (as Mr. Rowan Atkinson)
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick, a dogsbody (as Mr. Tony Robinson)
Hugh Laurie ... The Prince Regent, their master (as Mr. Hugh Laurie)
Hugh Paddick Hugh Paddick ... Keanrick, thespian (as Mr. Hugh Paddick)
Kenneth Connor ... Mossop, thespian (as Mr. Kenneth Connor)
Helen Atkinson Wood ... Mrs. Miggins, a coffee shoppekeeper (as Mifs. Helen Atkinson-Wood)
Ben Elton Ben Elton ... Anarchist (as Mr. Ben Elton)
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1987 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

The character names of Mossop and Keanrick refer to three famous thespians of the 18th and 19th century: the Irish actor Henry Mossop (1729-1773), the English actor Edmund Kean (1789-1833), and the English actor David Garrick (1717-1779). See more »

Goofs

In the first 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 »

Quotes

Baldrick: My uncle Baldrick was in a play once.
Blackadder: Really?
Baldrick: Yeah, it was called "Macbeth".
Blackadder: And what did he play?
Baldrick: Second codpiece. Macbeth wore him in the fight scenes.
Blackadder: So he was a stunt codpiece?
Baldrick: Yeah.
Blackadder: Did he have a large part?
Baldrick: [a brief silence] Depends who was playing Macbeth.
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Featured in Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) See more »

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a magic that is theatre..
18 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Blackadder

Curtis and Atkinson's passionate project of upsetting your expectation on both literature and history, is one of the rare art that inspires us even after decades. The writing still holds for both its maturity and pettiness, never has been before, a sketchy act so witty and truthful to its theme. It starts from the scratch on the infamous royal history of Britain and ends on a dramatic World War note, where both the humor and drama is given sincere respect on writing and performance. Despite of depicting various different stages of history with new characters, the themes often dwells on the chemistry of a master and a squire.

And with equations shuffling like cards, where either there is envy, honesty and vacuous-ness between their relationship, the close calls that is the ignition of the chaotic humor is something that stays with us throughout the series. It often tilts towards satirical where politics, democracy, monarchy and even humanity is put to trial and being laughed at. Atkinson, as the soul and the title of the series, challenges himself on all sorts of personas, from gullible to being cunning as a fox, his necessity on greed and humility is the fabrication of the history itself.

Robinson is the apt supporter of his, on every literal sense where every now and then brilliant actors like Laurie and Fry invests their talent in, to raise the bar. The world built by Curtis and Atkinson is a mirror to our own only with a slight change of post or title or references, the emotions and circumstances it goes through, still can easily be seen around us and it is that nakedness of the game that we are curious to dazzle with. Blackadder is much more than a mere series or a period sitcom, it has memories of ours and theirs childhood that makes it long last.

Sense And Senility

The euphoric energy of the theme might be wearing off but its the cast's illuminating performance and commitment to the ludicracy that makes it more believable and yes hilarious; and the "Macbeth" thing, even we can't resist it not speaking it.


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