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'Blackadder' New Series Planned, Reveals Tony Robinson

23/08/2015 10:54 BST | Updated 24/08/2015 10:59 BST

It looks like a ‘Blackadder’ reunion is on the cards, 26 years after the iconic sitcom ended.

Sir Tony Robinson, who played Baldrick, has spoken to the rest of the BBC show’s cast about making a new series, and it seems they are all up for it.

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Tony Robinson

He told The Sun: “I do think a new series of ‘Blackadder’ is on the cards. I have spoken to virtually all the cast about this now.”

However, he admitted the only stumbling block may be whether they could afford Hugh Laurie, who has become a big star in the US since ‘Blackadder’ ended in 1989.

“The only problem is Hugh’s fee. He’s a huge star now - or so he’d like to think,” he joked.

Tony added that there was pressure not to disappoint fans of the original series with a new run.

“Expectations for a new series will be high because people not only remember the original, they remember who they were when it was on. It’s a big danger,” he said.

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Tony as Baldrick with Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder

‘Blackadder’ first debuted on the BBC in 1983, and spawned four series and several specials.

Each series was set in a different historical period, with protagonists Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) and Baldrick (Tony Robinson) accompanied by different characters.

Other cast members included Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, the late Rik Mayall, Miranda Richardson and Tim McInnerny.

Special sketches aired after the show ended as part of Prince of Wales' 50th Birthday Gala in 1998 and The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.

A Millennium special also aired on New Year’s Eve 1999, which saw Blackadder try to con his friends out of £30,000 with a fake time machine.

In 2012, there were reports that Ben Elton was developing a ‘Blackadder’ film, but Stephen Fry spoke out against the idea, saying: "There's a lot of feeling that we left it on such a high note that it would be a bad idea to go back. There's nothing worse than an overweight boxer past his prime lumbering into the ring past his sell-by date."

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