While, most people would love for the gang to get back together for one last hurrah, Captain Darling actor Tim McInnerny, believes the show shouldn’t be revived and that it should remain the classic that is; without a fifth series that could tarnish its classic status. The ending to a series doesn’t get any better than the emotional finale to Blackadder Goes Forth so why poo-poo on it.
Original Source: Express Website
BLACKADDER’S Captain Darling believes any cunning plan to bring back the much-loved sitcom would flop because the cast are too old.
Tim McInnerny, 62, said the viewing public “don’t want to see those characters being 30 years older”. The actor has revealed he’s not a fan of reuniting the famous Blackadder team of Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie, Ben Elton, Richard Curtis, Stephen Fry and Sir Tony Robinson. Captain Darling and Fry’s General Melchett shared some of the funniest scenes in the show which ran for four series, together within main characters Baldrick and Blackadder.
He said: “One of the things that is interesting is that people think they want it to come back – the general viewing public – but if we all came back now in our 50s and 60s, they wouldn’t like it. I’m serious.
“It reminds you too much of your own mortality and you don’t want that in a sitcom. You don’t want to see those characters being 30 years older.”
He added: “You wouldn’t get us all together again. Everyone’s doing other things. There comes a point when you should leave it alone.”
But he acknowledged the continuing popularity of the hilarious series.
“Every five years,” he said, “I start getting more fan mail from another generation of 12-year-olds who have been introduced to it by their parents. It’s just extraordinary.
“The writing was extraordinary. There was an awful lot of luck with the chemistry of people working together, writer and actors. We all worked in completely different ways and it just gelled. Especially in the final series, where everybody is together. It’s kind of remarkable.”
He said the final episode of the final series is almost seen as a factual account of First World War trenches rather than a comedy.
“The last episode of the last series is the most famous. As I remember it was a kind of joint decision that we decided in the end that the First World War wasn’t funny. We can’t leave it as a joke.”