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Rowan Atkinson says Blackadder return for first series since 1989 ‘not impossible’

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Rowan Atkinson says a Blackadder return is ‘not impossible’ (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Rowan Atkinson has spoken out the possibility of Blackadder making a comeback after 30 years.

The historical comedy followed Rowan’s sarcastic and scheming titular character through different time periods.

Aside from a couple of TV specials, the last full series was our screens in 1989 with Blackadder Goes Forth.

The 65-year-old told Radio Times that it is ‘not impossible’ to resurrect it but thinks it might be hard to recreate the success it had in its heyday.

‘It’s certainly not impossible,’ Rowan said. ‘That’s about as optimistic as I can be, and I’d rather not speculate on when it could be set.

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‘But Blackadder represented the creative energy we all had in the 80s. To try to replicate that 30 years on wouldn’t be easy.’

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The comedy series also starred Tony Robinson as Blackadder’s dim-witted right hand man Baldrick (Picture: BBC)

Blackadder Goes Forth was followed by the 1988 TV movie Blackadder’s Christmas Carol and the 1999 time-travelling special Blackadder Back & Forth.

The Johnny English star shared that he doesn’t ‘actually like the process of making anything’, naming the comedy – which also starred Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry among others – as an ‘exception because the responsibility for making that series funny was on many shoulders, not just mine’.

One such character he doesn’t like so much is the bumbling Mr Bean, confessing he found starring in the slapstick series ‘stressful and exhausting’.

‘I look forward to the end of it’ he added.

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