CAMERA shy Rowan Atkinson has SNUBBED a Blackadder reunion show, TV Biz can reveal.
TV chiefs had a cunning plan to reunite all the cast members of the legendary comedy for its 25th anniversary.
But super-private Rowan, 53, will NOT appear even though all his co-stars — from writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton to actors Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Miranda Richardson — HAVE agreed to take part.
A show source said: “Rowan is very private, he doesn’t do interviews and he rarely makes public appearances.
“It was a shame that he wouldn’t appear on the reunion shows as all his friends were delighted to join us. But Rowan sent his apologies.”
Cast and creators will meet up on UKTV Gold’s Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga and Blackadder’s Most Cunning Moments.
Each will feature interviews with the stars as they remember their experiences of working on one of the nation’s best comedies.
All four of the Blackadder series were set in a different period of English history, beginning in 1485 at the end of the Wars of the Roses. The others took place in Elizabethan times, the foppish late 18th century and in the First World War trenches.
In each, Rowan played a different version of scheming, self-serving Edmund Blackadder with Tony Robinson as dimwit servant Baldrick.
Previously unseen footage of the sitcom will reveal the cast in rehearsals, getting into character during make-up sessions and donning their elaborate costumes.
Celeb fans including Jeremy Paxman will also talk about their favourite scenes.
Source: The Sun.co.uk