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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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Cast

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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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 »

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When Blackadder and George are at the theatre watching "Julius Caesar", electric lights can clearly be seen along the floor at the front of the stage. See more »

Quotes

Mossop: ...lest you continue in your quotations and mention the name of the "Scottish Play".
Keanrick: Oh-ho... never fear, I shan't do that.
Blackadder: By the "Scottish Play", I assume you mean *Macbeth*.
MossopKeanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends.
[They tweak each others nose]
MossopKeanrick: Aaahh.
Blackadder: What was that?
Keanrick: We were exorcising evil spirits. Being but a mere butler, you will not know the great theatre tradition that one does *never* speak the name of the "Scottish Play".
Blackadder: What, *Macbeth*?
MossopKeanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato, ...
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Featured in Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) See more »

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The actors are revolting!
5 June 2010 | by MartinHaferSee 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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