Ben Elton: ‘Blackadder is not finished!’

Blackadder could return for another series, according to reports.

The hit comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, was first broadcast more than 30 years ago.

Now writer Ben Elton has said: “Blackadder is not finished.”

Ben, who joined as a writer for the second series, told the Mail On Sunday’s Event magazine: “We’ll never officially close it down… ever.”

Blackadder’s last episode, which was set in the trenches of the First World War and saw characters go over the top, was broadcast in November 1989.

John Lloyd, the show’s producer, said: “It was always the idea that the last episode would be this tragic thing, but I don’t think we ever decided that it would be the last series. And I suppose in many ways we still haven’t decided.”

The producer was reported to have held talks with Rowan in August.

He also spoke about a plan to reunite former cast members for a Blackadder film, saying that the ‘Dad’s Army style’ script could see a platoon being kidnapped by a German submarine and taken to Colditz where they embark on a plot to escape.

Earlier this year Richard Curtis, the comedy’s co-creator, dismissed suggestions that Blackadder could be revived for a spin-off movie, saying it would be ‘too painful’ and ‘quite unlikely’.

Blackadder was brought back briefly in 2000 for a one-off short film which was originally shown at the Millennium Dome.

 

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