Atkinson reveals details of scrapped Blackadder revival

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From Digital Spy

It's been nearly three decades since we had any new Blackadder in our lives, and it now turns out there were plans for more.

While we have had to make due with endless repeats over the years, it seems that Rowan Atkinson had considered a revival, this time set during the Russian revolution with Rik Mayall.

"There was a plan twenty years ago that got nowhere which was called 'Redadder', which I quite liked," the actor told the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival.

"It was set in Russia in 1917 and Blackadder and Baldrick were working for the Tsar. They had blue stripes around their caps and then the Revolution happened, and Rik Mayall unsurprisingly was playing Rasputin.

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"And after the Revolution they are in exactly the same office and they have red caps. And it was quite a good idea and it was filmic in scale."

Mayall famously played Flashheart in the original series, and was undoubtedly a highlight of the show.

Yet Atkinson explained that this new version never progressed beyond the treatment phase "for all sorts of complicated reasons".

The star also revealed he was "extremely nervous" about speculating on Blackadder films in the future, adding: "There are no plans to do anything".

However, the comedy legend was more optimistic on the Mr Bean front, revealing that while he may have had his time, he still enjoys playing the witless character.

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"I think maybe his time is passed but I still find him funny, his natural born anarchy," Atkinson explained. "He is a child trapped in a man's body, and it's fun to be childish."

The star recently played Bean in a China-only release called Top Funny Man, and revived the character at its premiere last month.

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