As previously reported, Richard Curtis is reviving Blackadder for this year’s telethon, however the new outing will only involve Sir Tony Robinson as Baldrick, and not Rowan Atkinson as the eponymous Edmund.
The premise of the sketch has now been revealed, with the BBC saying: “We’ll see the exclusive return of one of the nation’s most beloved comedy characters – Baldrick – as he reads his very own Blackadder Bedtime Story.”
Blackadder’s dogsbody will be focusing his story around the tale of Cinderella.
Speaking on Radio 2 in February, Curtis said: “For the first time in 20 years, Baldrick is going to be giving some kind of performance. We’re just conspiring about it now, so I think there’s going to be a marvellous, turnip-based thing with Tony Robinson now back in action, so I’m excited about that.”
The last such Blackadder revival was part of Comic Relief’s Big Night In, at the height of 2020’s Covid-19 lockdown. It saw Stephen Fry reprise his role as Lord Melchett, now Head of the Royal Household, talking to Prince William via Zoom about educating his children.
This year’s telethon – which will run on BBC One from 7pm to 10pm – will be hosted by David Tennant, with Paddy McGuinness, Zoe Ball, Joel Dommett and AJ Odudu.