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Cast of Blackadder returns for one-off BBC One Christmas special


Rowan Atkinson and the cast of legendary comedy series Blackadder are back for a one-off documentary special this Christmas on BBC One.

 

Blackadder Rides Again will feature the iconic cast in a documentary to mark 25 years since the original BBC transmission of the much-loved sitcom, first broadcast in 1983.

 

Blackadder Rides Again will include the first ever in-depth interview with Rowan Atkinson, on his personal experience of playing Edmund Blackadder and being involved in the sitcom and its phenomenal success.

 

Set to join Rowan are the core cast and writing team who have gone on to become some of the greatest names in entertainment, both in the UK and US.

 

These include: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Miranda Richardson, Tim McInnerny and Tony Robinson.

 

Ricky Kelehar, Executive Producer and Director of Factual Entertainment, Tiger Aspect, Productions, said: "We are extremely excited to have persuaded the entire creative team behind this iconic sitcom to appear in the same show for the very first time since they all worked together.

 

"Many of them have since gone on to become towering talents around the world, including Rowan – who has never before spoken in detail about playing the fantastic anti-hero, Edmund Blackadder."

 

Katie Taylor, Executive Editor Comedy Entertainment, said: "Blackadder is one of the BBC's most successful sitcoms of all time and how better to celebrate its 25th anniversary than a retrospective look at what makes this popular series so special.

 

"Featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes insight from its renowned cast and writers, Blackadder Rides Again is essential viewing this Christmas for all comedy fans."

 

Blackadder Rides Again is a 60-minute documentary made by Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC One.

 

Matt O'Casey is producer and director, Ricky Kelehar is executive producer with John Lloyd (producer of Blackadder, Spitting Image, Not The Nine O'Clock News) as programme consultant.

 

The documentary was commissioned for BBC One by Katie Taylor, BBC Executive Editor Comedy Entertainment.

 

Notes to Editors

 

The Black Adder (BBC One, 1983)

The first series of Blackadder set in 15th century medieval England.

 

Blackadder II (BBC One, 1986)

The second series of Blackadder set in the late 16th century.

 

Blackadder the Third (BBC One, 1987)

The third series of Blackadder set in Regency England.

 

Blackadder Goes Forth (BBC One, 1989)

The fourth and final Blackadder series set during the First World War.

 

KT

 

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Category: BBC One; TV Entertainment
Date: 24.11.2008
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