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Writer Ben Elton says Blackadder reboot ‘never’ going to happen

September 8th, 2019 by Marc Comments

Well, despite all the rumours that Blackadder might be making a comeback (here), it seems that no, Blackadder has had its moment and will not be making a return.

Co-writer Ben Elton (he co-wrote the series with Richard Curtis) is making a stand-up comeback and is currently doing a press tour to promote and, of course, the topic of Black Adder came up.

Now, it seems the rumour, going waaaaaay back, started with Baldrick writer (and something of a British national treasure) Tony Robinson who always says that a comeback is possible:  “Every time Tony does an interview he says, ‘Oh, I think there might be another,’ but don’t listen to Baldrick on this one,” says Elton, “you need to hear it from me or Richard Curtis as we write it.”

And, in a finishing blow, he adds: “There is never going to be another – I can tell you that now.”

The recent rumour came from reports that  Robinson along with stars Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie had been seen together recently, sparking talk of a new series, but Elton seems stuck solid in his mindset: “It’s just best to remember Blackadder as it was.”

In fact, it seems that, despite the show being hailed as a comedy classic, Blackadder was a tough series to make: “Blackadder wasn’t easy, it wasn’t a particularly happy experience for everyone,” Elton says, “It was very tense, lots of egos, lots of frustrations but through it all everyone remained friendly and deeply respectful. But it was edgy.

“Richard went in all the time and it was very hard for him but I was like, ‘f*** ’em, if they’re going to spend three hours discussing whether vole or gerbil is a funnier word, when Richard and I had written vole because we know it’s a funnier word, and they’ll come back with vole at the end – then I don’t want to sit through that debate’. I used to sometimes not go in.”

It’s sad to think that Blackadder won’t be making a comeback but it’s still great to know we have those four series and specials forever. Big Hollywood studios could likely learn a thing or two from that.

Were you excited for the return of Blackadder or do you think Elton is right to leave it in the halls of comedy classic? I want to know…

Source: The Sun

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….