There’s bad news for Blackadder fans who were hoping for a revival series.
Following rumours about a return for the BBC’s classic historical sitcom earlier this summer, one of the show’s writers has shot down fans’ hopes.
Written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and Ben Elton (Upstart Crow), the iconic comedy series first aired in June 1983.
Four full seasons of Blackadder were made, each set in a different historical period, followed by three specials followed, the most recent of which was shown on New Year’s Eve in 1999.
It was reported in July that the show’s original stars – Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie – had met up in London and agreed to make a brand new season.
However, writer Ben Elton has now told The Sun: “Every time Tony [Robinson] does an interview he says, ‘Oh, I think there might be another,’ but don’t listen to Baldrick on this one, you need to hear it from me or Richard [Curtis] as we write it.”
He explained: “Blackadder wasn’t easy – it wasn’t a particularly happy experience for everyone. It was very tense, lots of egos, lots of frustrations, but through it all everyone remained friendly and deeply respectful. But it was edgy.”
In case there was any lingering doubt, Elton confirmed: “There is never going to be another – I can tell you that now. It’s just best to remember Blackadder as it was.”
Sadly, that sounds like a pretty definitive answer!
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