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Sense and Senility

Synopsis
Comedy series. Prince George is worried about his popularity after an anarchist throws a bomb at him. He agrees to recite a brilliant speech by Blackadder, "to show the oppressed masses how unusually sensitive you are" and decides that he wants his two favourite actors - Mr David Keanrick and Mr Enoch Mossop - to coach him. In one scene the actors haughtily enter in the middle of a conversation. -
Mossop: ...lest you continue in your quotation, and mention the name of the Scottish play.
Keanrick: Oh-ho-ho... never fear, I shan’t do that.
Blackadder: By the Scottish play, I assume you mean Macbeth.
Mossop, Keanrick: Aaah!
[The actors launch into a bizarre "pattycake" routine while reciting...]
Mossop, Keanrick: "Hot potato, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends."
[... and finish by tweaking each other’s noses.]
Mossop, Keanrick: Aaah!
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"?
Mossop, Keanrick: Aaah! "Hot potato, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends." Aaah-haa!
[Transcript of dialogue from Wikipedia]]

And so on...
Series
Blackadder the Third
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
8 Oct 1987 at 22:00 (Channel: BBC1)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Director
Mandy Fletcher
Producer
John Lloyd
Writer
Ben Elton; Richard Curtis
Cast
Hugh LauriePrince George
Hugh PaddickDavid Keanrick
Kenneth ConnorEnoch Mossop
Rowan AtkinsonBlackadder
Tony RobinsonBaldrick

Additional Details

Production type
Sitcoms/Variety
Plays
Macbeth
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
Series, 3, episode 4.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
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Name

Retail outlets

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