Saturday 24 March 2018

New Blackadder series is 'on the cards' - if they can afford Hugh Laurie's fee...

'Blackadder Goes Forth'
'Blackadder Goes Forth'

Hannah Furness

A new series of top 1980s BBC comedy Blackadder is ''on the cards'', star Sir Tony Robinson has said, as long as they can afford Hugh Laurie's wages.

Sir Tony, who played Baldrick in all four series of the sitcom, joked that they might struggle to pay Laurie, who went on to become a major star in the US with hit drama House.

Comedian and television presenter Sir Tony, 69, 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.

''The only problem is Hugh's fee. He's a huge star now - or so he'd like to think.''

(R) Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) and General Melchett (Stephen Fry )
(R) Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) and General Melchett (Stephen Fry )

Laurie is believed to have been paid as much as £250,000 per episode of House, which ran from 2004 to 2012, at its peak. The hospital drama saw him adopt a convincing American accent to play the curmudgeonly but brilliant medic.

Before that he was a successful comedian, mostly alongside fellow Blackadder star Stephen Fry in programmes including their own sketch show and ITV's Jeeves And Wooster.

Blackadder starred Rowan Atkinson in the title role, before he went on to star in Mr Bean. Its historical settings spanned Medieval England to the First World War. It finished in 1989, though a special episode, Blackadder Back And Forth, was made for the Millennium Dome in 1989.

Sir Tony, who went on to host Channel 4's Time Team for 20 years, told the newspaper: ''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.''

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