Blackadder cast return for Christmas special

LONDON (Reuters) - The cast of hit comedy series Blackadder will return to the small screen in a one-off documentary over Christmas as part of the BBC’s seasonal schedule.

The broadcaster said “Blackadder Rides Again” would feature the first in-depth interview with actor Rowan Atkinson, who played Edmund Blackadder and his descendants in the show’s four series between 1983 and 1989.

Other stars from the historical comedy taking part in the behind-the-scenes feature include Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Miranda Richardson and Tony Robinson, who played Blackadder’s long-suffering sidekick Baldrick.

“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,” said the documentary’s executive producer Ricky Kelehar.

The series spanned nearly 500 years of British history as it tracked Blackadder’s adventures from 15th century medieval England to the trenches of World War One.

In a 2004 BBC poll, viewers said Blackadder was their second-favourite situation comedy of all time, behind the David Jason series “Only Fools and Horses.”

Reporting by Tim Castle; Editing by Steve Addison