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Ben Elton scotches Blackadder reunion rumours

There had been rumours of a revival

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - APRIL 07:  Ben Elton talks to the media during rehearsals for We Will Rock You at ABC Studios on April 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Ben Elton does not want to bring Blackadder back. (WireImage)

Blackadder writer and actor Ben Elton has confirmed that the iconic sitcom will not be coming back.

There had been rumours in recent months of a reboot or reunion series but Elton, who co-wrote the last three seasons, has confirmed that there are no cunning plans to resurrect the show.

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Speaking at the BAFTAs to Radio Times, Elton said: "No, Blackadder's not coming back."

He added: "We're all still very good friends, all of us, genuinely. And I think one of the reasons for that is that we don't do a Blackadder. There's been a couple of half-arsed bits and pieces... and I think they've been pretty s*** to be honest."

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Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson in Blackadder. (Alamy)

Elton made clear that he appreciated the success of the series but had moved on: "Basically, you know, we did something surprisingly special, nobody had the slightest idea that it would resonate and land the way that it did.

"Of course not, you can't plan for any success or failure. I think it's best to leave it where it was, we're all a lot older and doing a lot of other things."

Blackadder did make something of a return earlier this year for a special Comic Relief sketch that featured Tony Robinson reprising the role of Baldrick.

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Richard Curtis with Tony Robinson as Baldrick for a 2023 Comic Relief sketch. (BBC)

The brief sketch, which was organised by Richard Curtis but had no involvement from Elton or Rowan Atkinson, led to many fans hoping a proper reunion would happen especially after the BBC said they would be open to the idea.

Blackadder originally ran from 1983 to 1989 on the BBC with brief reunions following in 2000, 2012 and 2023.

Rowan Atkinson, 28, who stars as the title character in new BBC TV comedy Blackadder.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Rowan Atkinson in the first series of Blackadder. (PA Images via Getty Images)

There has been constant speculation since the end of the show that a new series will be made with potential settings listed as Colditz, the Russian Revolution and the JFK assassination.

Robinson has appeared the most keen to revive the show whereas Elton, Atkinson, Curtis and fellow star Stephen Fry have played down the idea of doing a special or more episodes.

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