Sir Baldrick Hints At New Blackadder

Update: (24/08/15) I have just received confirmation from one of the creators of the series that this is just another one of those utter nonsense rumours that pop-up every year. It isn’t happening folks.. Stand down, move along, there’s nothing to see here. Original story: Another year, another Blackadder rumour and like the past couple, this one again comes from the mouth of Sir Tony Robinson. As usual I’ve reached out to those who would know about these sort of things and will update the post when I know more. Sir Tony is currently promoting his new Channel 4 series Time Crashers. Source: The Sun. THE stars of Blackadder have a cunning plan to bring the show back after 26 years. Sir Tony Robinson, who played hapless Baldrick, revealed he has spoken with the rest of the cast about a new series. And he said they were all in favour of reviving the comedy — despite joking that the producers might not now be able to afford US TV megastar Hugh Laurie. Sir Tony, 69, 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 problem is Hugh’s fee. He’s a huge star now — or so he’d like to think.” Sir Tony, admitted any comeback risks disappointing the millions of fans of the original four series. He added: “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.” The last Blackadder series debuted on...

Captain Blackadder And Private Baldrick Actually Served In WWI

Source: Telegraph.co.uk Captain Blackadder, Lieutenant George and Private Baldrick really did ‘go forth’ in World War One it has emerged after their real-life namesakes were discovered. The hit BBC comedy Blackadder, which covered four periods of history, ended with a series set in the trenches in which the characters go over the top for “one last hurrah”. But now it has emerged that the characters, invented by Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson and Ben Elton, really did fight in the conflict. To mark the centenary of the Great War, a specialist military genealogy website has traced the real life counterparts of Captain Blackadder and his wartime colleagues. Forces War Records researchers delved back through six million military records to dig up the stories of Captain Robert John Blackadder, Private James Baldrick, Lieutenant Athelstan Key Durance George and Captain John Clive Darling. The fictional characters, portrayed by Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie and Tim McInnerny, appear to share a number of similarities with their World War One namesakes. As well as having the same surnames and rank, all of the men also served in the trenches. Captain Robert John Blackadder was born in January 1884 in Dundee, Scotland, before graduating in Scots law from the city’s University College. He worked as an accountant before travelling to London where he enlisted in the army as a rifleman and served as a private in the Queen’s Westminster Rifles. Like Rowan Atkinson’s character, the real Blackadder worked his way up before being promoted to the rank of Captain when he was attached to the North Scottish Royal Garrison Artillery. He fought in the...

Blackadder actress Patsy Byrne (Nursie (aka Bernard)) dies aged 80

Another day passes and we lose another fantastic Blackadder actor. It has been reported that Patsy Byrne, Nursie (or Bernard) in Blackadder II and Blackadder’s Christmas Carol has passed away at the age of 80. According to reports Byrne passed away on June 17 at Denville Hall – a retirement home for actors – in Hillingdon, London. The actress, who was born in Ashford, Kent, notched up a string of TV and theatre roles in the early part of her acting career. However she is best remembered for her Blackadder role – with the clueless but loyal Nursie (whose real name was actually Bernard), becoming one of the most loved characters of the 1986 series. She was certainly one of my favourite characters of the series; with some great lines from Mr Curtis and Mr Elton. RIP Bernard. Here’s one of my favourite lines from...

Rik Mayall dies aged 56

It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart to report that comedian, actor and comedy legend Rik Mayall passed away today on June the 9th 2014; he was 56. The news was announced earlier by his management team, Brunskill, who said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall who passed away this morning. “We will be issuing a further statement in the fullness of time.” He died at home in London. The Metropolitan Police said the death was not believed to be suspicious. They said they were called to reports of a sudden death of a man in his 50s at 13:19 BST on Monday, in Barnes in south west London. London Ambulance Service said “a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene”. Best known to Blackadder fans as Flashheart in two series, Rik also portrayed the character Mad Gerald in series one and Robin Hood in Blackadder Back & Forth. Blackadder producer John Lloyd told the BBC: “It’s really a dreadful piece of news.” “He was the most extraordinarily good actor as well as being an amazing stand-up comics. Apart from being great company, he was a great professional,” said Lloyd His manager Roger Davidson said: “It is a terrible shock. All we know at this stage is that Rik died at home. “He touched many lives, and always for the better.” He played the obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones alongside his friend Adrian Edmondson. The duo later went on to star in the sitcom Bottom. Edmondson added: “There were times when Rik and I were writing...

Baldrick “Blackadder cast won’t reunite”

In a recent interview with London’s Evening Standard newspaper, Sir Tony Robinson has given the clearest indication yet that the Blackadder gang will not be following in the footsteps of the recently reuniting Monty Python team for a new outing. Sir Tony Robinson claimed “we don’t need the money as much as they do. We don’t have to pay for that amount of alimony or rehab so I’m not sure we have the same motivation,” The former Time Team host was speaking after making his return to the West End stage after 16 years to star as narrator Kenneth Grahame in the Royal Opera House’s production of The Wind in the Willows at the Duchess Theatre. source: Evening...

Rowan takes the comedy proud crown

A new survey by British broadband supplier Plusnet has revealed that 44% of us Brits are most proud of Mr. Blackadder himself Rowan Atkinson (when polled against other great British comedic greats). When asked to name the comedian they were most proud of, Rowan came out tops, followed by Python John Cleese with over a third of the votes. Although news of Monty Python’s return after a 39 year break is music to many comedy fans’ ears, new research from home phone and broadband provider, Plusnet, reveals it is Blackadder star Rowan Atkinson who springs to mind when it comes to acts to be proud of. Despite sell-out tours and multi million selling DVDs, big names in modern comedy do not rate as highly as their more established counterparts, with Ricky Gervais receiving just 16% of the vote, missing out on the top five by a clear 10%. The news comes as Plusnet looks at British traits the public is most proud of, with 68% saying they take most pride in the British sense of humour. This rates significantly higher with men than women, with 42% of men saying they feel very proud of our wit compared to 32% of women. The top five comedians Brits are most proud of are: 1.      Rowan Atkinson (44%) 2.      John Cleese (39%) 3.      Stephen Fry (39%) 4.      Billy Connelly (34%) 5.      Hugh Laurie (26%) Nick Rawlings, Commercial Director at Plusnet commented, “We know how popular streaming and downloading classic content is, and with today’s technology offering so many different ways of enjoying...

Ben Elton – “Blackadder isn’t finished”

source: telegraph.co.uk He entertained millions of fans before going over the top in one of the most memorable television scenes of all time, but it appears Blackadder may not have breathed his last.  For programme makers have hinted the popular comedy series may yet make a return, as writer Ben Elton said: “Blackadder is not finished.” The show’s producer, John Lloyd, added programme makers had still not decided whether Blackadder Goes Forth would definitely be the last outing, as the team admit they will never officially rule it out. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine, Ben Elton, who joined the team as a writer for the second series, said: “Blackadder is not finished. We’ll never officially close it down…ever.” Lloyd added: “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.” Their words will bring hope to the show’s legions of fans, more than 30 years after the show was first broadcast. They are also likely to lead to further speculation, after Lloyd was reported as telling a newspaper he held talks with Rowan Atkinson in August this year. Speaking of a plan to reunite old cast members for a Blackadder film, he added 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. In an article this weekend, the Blackadder team has also disclosed the remarkable moments which led up to the final...

It’s A Royal Knockout – Rowan Atkinson clips

Blackadder fan Ryan Hall has done a sterling job cutting together all of Rowan’s (Lord Knock) bits from the weird royalty-does-silly-gameshow-to-make-themselves-appear-normal TV special called ‘It’s A Royal Knockout’. Although Rowan is credited as Lord Knock, he is quite clearly channeling Lord Blackadder.. Enjoy! Cheers for the video...

Ploppy, son of Ploppy actor dies aged 76

It is with sadness to write that British actor and comedian Bill Wallis has died at the age of 76. Bill appeared in three series of The Blackadder, in roles as Poppy the Gaoler (Blackadder II), Brigadier Smith (Blackadder Goes Forth), and Sir Justin de Boinod (The Black Adder). Bill is survived by his second wife and by four children, two from each marriage.   BILL WALLIS: 1936 –...

A Blackadder Movie Would Be Too Painful

Recently, there’s been a few ‘news’ stories doing the rounds about a Blackadder movie in development all of which is utter nonsense. The ‘news’ originated from an interview with John Lloyd on BBC Breakfast where he said: ‘Rowan and I had this great idea – because we’re all getting a bit old now – of doing a Dad’s Army; that they are a platoon in Walmington-on-Sea, and they get kidnapped by a German submarine and taken to Colditz and they all have to escape.’ ‘Tony Robinson is probably very nearly 70 now and it would be just about the right age, and I think quite funny, don’t you?’ He added: ‘It’d make a good movie, don’t you think?’ Let’s just be clear here, there is no movie in development – John and Rowan may have had a chat about different ideas over dinner, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Now, Blackadder creator Richard Curtis has gone on record as saying that there is no movie. And for the simple reason that it would be too painful to make. In an interview with The York Press, Curtis has revealed it is “unlikely” that Blackadder would return for a big-screen outing. “I don’t believe that! If Rowan’s really keen, that would be interesting to hear but he hasn’t said it to me,” he said. “We went away for a weekend a decade ago to see whether we could work out a way of doing it and we never could, so I’m sure it won’t happen. I think it’ll be quite unlikely that there will be a Blackadder movie. Richard revealed they...