Rowan Atkinson thinks it's "highly unlikely" 'Blackadder' will return.

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson

The 63-year-old comedian - who played anti-hero Edmund Blackadder in the sitcom from 1983 until 1989 - has admitted that although it would be fun to reunite with his co-star Tony Robinson, who portrayed his side kick Baldrick, there are currently no plans to revive the popular 80s show.

Speaking to talkRadio at the London premiere of 'Johnny English Strikes Again' at the Curzon hotel in Mayfair, he said: "I think it's highly unlikely.

"Tony, unfortunately, gets quoted as saying these things when he didn't really say it he just sometimes thinks you know wouldn't it be fun.

"But it's not an indication unfortunately that there are any plans to bring the 'Blackadder' back, there are no plans but I think it's highly unlikely."

Speculation of a remake began to circulate over the summer when Tony, 72, admitted that he could see a "version of the show" coming back in the future.

He said at the time: "I do see a version of the show coming back. There are a host of other periods in history which could be turned into a six-part 'Blackadder' series. We'd have to get the old group back together again.

"I know everyone is busy doing wonderful things, but we all have fond memories so I'm sure we would work it out."

Each series of 'Blackadder' covered a different period of history, including the Middle Ages, Elizabethan England, the Georgian Era and a run of episodes focused on the trenches during World War One.

The cast also featured the likes of Tim McInnemy, Stephen Fry and the late Rik Mayall.

Last year, Tony suggested Dustin Hoffman could take over his role of Baldrick if the show was ever remade.

He said: "If anyone else were to play Baldrick, I would choose Dustin Hoffman. I've just always thought that, as a performer, [Hoffman] was a kindred spirit."

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