ROWAN TOYS WITH IDEA OF 'BLACKADDER' RETURN

10 APRIL 2007

Before Rowan Atkinson embarked upon his bumbling shenanigans as Mr Bean, he won fame for personifying an altogether different character - odious aristocrat Blackadder, who popped up in numerous historical eras. And for his next project after packing his suitcase in Mr Bean's Holiday, the comic actor hopes to reprise the role he played to great acclaim in the Eighties.

The 52-year-old performer has mooted the idea of bringing back Blackadder and imprisoning him in a Second World War camp. "I like the idea of him being a prisoner of war in Colditz," says Rowan. "That would have the right level of authority and hierarchy which is apparent in all the Blackadders."

But the comic actor acknowledges he may have a battle on his hands in getting the series resurrected as the original team, including Hugh Laurie - who played the Prince Regent - and creators Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, have moved on.

"Sadly I don't think it will ever happen," Rowan laments. "Blackadder represents a place where all the people who created it were at that particular time. It would be hard to replicate."

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Rowan Atkinson has indicated he'd like to bring back the wildly popular Eighties show in which he starred with Tony Robinson, who played his hapless sidekick Baldrick, and Hugh Laurie as the Prince RegentClick on photo to enlarge

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