No “appetite” to bring back Blackadder say co-writer

Ben Elton as painted by Rembrandt

Blackadder co-scribe (series 2 onwards), Ben Elton has stated that while he would love to work with the other co-scribe and Blackadder co-creator Richard Curtis on something new, it wouldn’t be on another Blackadder.

Speaking to The Radio Times magazine here in the UK, Elton said “We were a great team and I’ve talked so many times about doing something else.”

“Not Blackadder again,” he added. “I don’t think either of us feel any appetite to do that.”

Last year, the show’s stars Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson – who played Edmund Blackadder and Baldrick across all four seasons – both addressed the possibility of a return.

Atkinson explained that it “certainly” wasn’t “impossible” that the show might be revived at some point, but added: “That’s about as optimistic as I can be.

“I’d rather not speculate on when it could be set,” he continued. “But Blackadder represented the creative energy we all had in the ’80s. To try to replicate that 30 years on wouldn’t be easy.”

Robinson later admitted that he would be keen to step back into his role at some point, although he revealed it might have to be in a different format.

“Well, what Rowan has always said to me is if there was to be another Blackadder it shouldn’t necessarily be another six-part television series,” he said. “We should find another guise for it, another way of doing it.”

“[Atkinson] once said to me wouldn’t it be great if we could take over the Royal Tournament military tattoo one summer, it would be Blackadder’s Royal Tournament,” he added.

“I’m not saying that would necessarily be the idea we went with but I think it ought to be possible to come up with something at some time.”


Personally, I’d love for Elton & Curtis to work together on something new – even if it isn’t Blackadder. Hope you like the picture; it’s an AI artist’s impression of Ben Elton if he was painted by Rembrandt.