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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 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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

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

Samuel Johnson: Not only have you impecuniated my dictionary, you have also lost the chance to act as patron to the only book in the world that is even better!
Blackadder: Oh. And what is that, sir? "Dictionary 2: The Return of the Killer Dictionary"?
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Connections

Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #6.73 (2010) See more »

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Class Act
23 March 2008 | by tedgSee 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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Language:

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Release Date:

24 September 1987 (UK) See more »

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