Rowan Atkinson says Blackadder could return for first new series in 30 years

‘There’s not a lot that makes me laugh on British TV at the moment,' comedy actor said

Jacob Stolworthy
Tuesday 05 January 2021 08:04
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Rowan Atkinson has said Blackadder could return in the future.

The actor, who played Edmund in the classic British sitcom,  is not against the idea of reprising his role for the first time since 1989.

He told Radio Times: “It’s certainly not impossible. That’s about as optimistic as I can be."

Atkinson added that he’d “rather not speculate” on when a new series would be set.

However, the comedy star did acknowledge that “it wouldn’t be easy” to “replicate” the show’s success.

He also said he’s currently watching American sitcoms as “there’s not a lot that makes [him] laugh on British TV at the moment.”

Atkinson stated that he “tends to enjoy traditional sitcom formats” and, has been indulging in “endless repeats of Friends and The Big Bang Theory”.

"They say that the best sitcoms have five or six characters and are set in three rooms – that’s what both those shows are.”

Atkinson recently struck a deal with Netflix, who bought a new show he created alongside Will Davies named Man vs Bee.

The Johnny English star will appear in the series as a man who feuds with a bee while housesitting in an opulent mansion.

He’s also finished work on a new animated film  that will mark the return of his popular character Mr Bean.

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