Blackadder to return as film
- Bang Showbiz
- 2 August 2013
'Blackadder' is set to return as a movie after Rowan Atkinson, who played the titular character, and series producer John Lloyd held discussions about the plot
'Blackadder' is set to return as a movie.
John Lloyd, who produced the popular 1980s period sitcom, has held talks with Rowan Atkinson - who played main character Edmund Blackadder - about reuniting the old cast members including Sir Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Rik Mayall and Hugh Laurie to create a 'Dad's Army'-style motion picture.
The pair have already discussed a detailed storyline, which will see the characters get kidnapped by a Nazi U-boat and end up in Colditz Castle prison camp.
John explained: "Rowan and I had this great idea, because we are all getting a bit old, of doing a kind of 'Dad's Army'. They are a platoon in Walmington-on-Sea where they get kidnapped by a German submarine and taken to Colditz. They then have to escape.
"Because Tony Robinson is probably very near 70 by now he would be just about the right age. We'd do it as a 'Blackadder' -- it would make a good movie, I think."
While there have been many 'Blackadder' spin-offs and special episodes, a movie would be the first of its kind and comedy insiders are excited to see the star-studded cast back together.
One told The Sun newspaper: "With a cast including Sir Tony Robinson, Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Miranda Richardson, Hugh Laurie, Rik Mayall, Ade Edmondson, Robbie Coltrane, Tim McInnerny and Nigel Planer -- you can't go wrong."
The original TV series aired between 1983 and 1989 and saw Rowan portray the titular character at various significant points in British history, during all of which Tony starred as several generations of Blackadder's dogsbody servant Baldrick.