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Blackadder returns on stage: Rowan Atkinson revives character - video

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Rowan Atkinson revived his iconic comic creation Edmund Blackadder for a one-off charity event on stage last night.

Atkinson rebooted the much-loved character as a modern day banker for the sketch, while Tony Robinson also cameoed as Blackadder's sidekick Baldrick. It featured at Ben Elton's We Are Most Amused Prince's Trust fundraiser, which also included appearances from stand-ups Jimmy Carr, Joan Rivers, Steven K Amos and Ed Byrne.

Watch clips of the Blackadder stage routine:





The skit featured some classic Edmund Blackadder lines such as "my pension pot is so big, you could boil John Prescott in it" and "life couldn't be cushier if I was a mouse astronaut who just landed on the moon and discovered that it really was made of cheese".

It also featured a nod to characters from the TV series, revealing that Blackadder was working at the bank "Melchett, Melchett and Darling".

The last full series of Blackadder aired on the BBC in 1989, although various specials and one-off appearances have taken place since then.

Atkinson has always been reluctant to comment on a full TV reunion, but did suggest in 2011 that if someone could come up with a setting that matched the sitcom's format he may be tempted back.

"Blackadder seemed to work best when there was a sort of claustrophobic world and a hierarchy," said Atkinson.

"So if you can think of any situations in which they are dominant - then I think there is a possibility of a fifth series."

Blackadder ran for four series on the BBC in the 1980s and updated its setting for each run. The comedy switched from the Middle Ages, to the Elizabethan era, the Regency and finally the World War II trenches. Show writer Richard Curtis has previously revealed that there were originally plans to do a fifth series based in the 1960s.

Watch the ending to Blackadder Goes Forth:

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