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Ink and Incapability 

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

Director:

Mandie Fletcher (as Mifs. Mandie Fletcher)

Writers:

Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
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)
Robbie Coltrane ... Dr. Samuel Johnson, noted for his fat dictionary (as Mr. Robbie Coltrane)
Helen Atkinson Wood ... Mrs. Miggins, a coffee shoppekeeper (as Mifs. Helen Atkinson-Wood)
Lee Cornes Lee Cornes ... Shelley, romantic junkie poet (as Mr. Lee Cornes)
Steve Steen Steve Steen ... Byron, romantic junkie poet (as Mr. Steve Steen)
Jim Sweeney Jim Sweeney ... Coleridge, romantic junkie poet (as Mr. Jim Sweeney)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Steen ... Lord Byron
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1987 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

The original English Dictionary, written by Samuel Johnson, actually took only six years to create and not ten, as this episode indicates. Also, the word "aardvark" wouldn't have been in the dictionary anyway as the word hadn't entered the English language yet. See more »

Goofs

Blackadder refers to his novel as a "roller-coaster". This term was coined by two Americans in 1887, when King George IV (the Prince Regent) had been dead for 57 years. See more »

Quotes

Prince George: [reading] "Medium-sized insectivore with protruding nasal implement." Doesn't sound much like a bee to me!
Blackadder: It's an aardvark your highness, can't you see that? It's a bloody aardvark!
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Featured in Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments (2008) See more »

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i can't stand long books..
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.

Ink And Incapability

Atkinson fluently imputing complicated words while mocking is one of those rare gems that can rumble you with laughter at any point, and it would barely matter where the storyline is leading towards, another major triumph.


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