Ink and Incapability was the second episode of Blackadder the Third and features an expedited rewrite of an historical tome. In this podcast Gerry and Iain consider a searing indictment of domestic servitude in the eighteenth century with some hot gypsies thrown in.
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In the second episode of Blackadder the Third the principal guest was Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane as Dr Samuel Johnson, famed compiler of the first dictionary. His contemporaries (for the purposes of the story!) Shelley, Byron and Coleridge, romantic junkie poets all, were portrayed by Lee Cornes, Steve Steen and Jim Sweeney respectively.
Blackadder the Third was written by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis and all six episodes were directed by the returning Mandie Fletcher. Once again, John Lloyd produced the series and Howard Goodall was responsible for the music.
Ink and Incapability was released in 1987. It is 30 minutes long and originally aired on the BBC. Blackadder the Third is sadly not available on Netflix, but a remastered set of the whole series is available on DVD around the world (Region 1) (Region 2).
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That renowned brain box Dr Samuel Johnson has a Google Doodle dedicated to him today.
I saw that. Very apt!
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