According to Tony Robinson, who starred as Baldrick in the original series, a return of Blackadder could be in our future.
When speaking with The Sun, Robinson said: “I do think a new series of Blackadder is on the cards. I have spoken to virtually all the cast about this now.”
The only thing that could potentially stand in the way of a return of the classic series, is tempting Hugh Laurie to return. He has of course seen massive success with the now complete House, and does have something lined up. Namely, TV show The Night Manager.
Robinson said, when touching on the topic of getting Laurie on board, had this to say: “The only problem is Hugh’s fee. He’s a huge star now – or so he’d like to think.”
He then acknowledged that it would definitely be a risky proposition for himself, Laurie and Rowan Atkinson to return to these much loved roles: “Expectations for a new series will be high because people not only remember the original; they remember who they were when it was on. It’s a big danger.”
If these hurdles are defeated, and we do see a return of Blackadder, what could the setting be? One definitely potential is something that Richard Curtis, one of the writers, discussed back in 2008. He revealed at the time that he and Ben Elton, another writer on the show, had agreed to set a possible fifth series of Blackadder in the sixties: “Blackadder was going to kill Kennedy and it would have been a mistake. We’d decided on the sixties because it was such a rich period. It was a time of dodgy entrepreneurs with their fingers in loads of pies.”