Sir Tony Robinson has poured doubt on the rumours of a Blackadder reboot.
It had been reported that the stars of the hit BBC sitcom - written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton and starring Rowan Atkinson in the title role - recently met in London to discuss a potential new series.
But a spokeswoman for Sir Tony, who played Blackadder’s hapless sidekick Baldrick thoughout the comedy told Yahoo UK: “It sounds lovely but I’m afraid neither we nor Tony know anything about this.”
And Sir Tony, 72, also tweeted to say the “rumour” was not true.
One of these rumours is probably true, the other isn’t!! https://t.co/lteNlj8ggu
— Tony Robinson (@Tony_Robinson) July 1, 2019
The Sun newspaper reported that Robinson, Atkinson, 64, Stephen Fry, 61, and Hugh Laurie, 60, had met up at London members’ club Soho House to discuss bringing back Blackadder for a new series in which he would be university lecturer in a modern day setting.
A source told the newspaper Atkinson had told friends he was “very excited” about the prospect of playing Blackadder once again.
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Historical sitcom The Black Adder first aired in 1983, featuring the title character as set in medieval times starring Atkinson as Richard IV's unfavoured second son Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh, who gives himself the nickname ‘The Black Adder’.
The second series was set in the Elizabethan era, featuring Stephen Fry and Queen Elizabeth’s Lord Chamberlain, Melchett while Black Adder the Third took place in the Regency period and co-starred Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent, with Blackadder as his butler. Black Adder Goes Forth was set on the French battlefield of the First World War and aired in 1989.
One-off specials included the Blackadder's Christmas Carol in 1988, Blackadder: The Cavalier Years for Red Nose Day 1988 and Blackadder: Back & Forth, which was made to celebrate the Millennium in 2000.
Atkinson last played the part in 2002 as part of a sketch advertising the Queen’s public concert held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to mark her Golden Jubilee.