ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

It's been 26 years since the fourth season of the BBC's wildly popular sitcom, Blackadder ended it's run in 1989.

Sir Tony Robinson, who played Blackadder's slightly dim but always endearing manservant Baldrick on the show, says he's been in talks with the other regular cast members regarding the possibility of a fifth season, and they're interested!

Though a lot of people (myself included) would love to see a new season, Robinson is aware that if its something that they're going to do, they need to make sure they do it right.

"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."

And high they will be.

He also joked that the only obstacle might be affording Hugh Laurie, who is now a huge high earner in America. Indeed all of the central cast members have gone on to have highly successful careers, both in and outside of the industry.

Where are the original cast now?

Rowan Atkinson - Edmund Blackadder

Following the success of Blackadder, Rowan Atkinson went on to further success as the writer and titular character of Mr Bean, a sitcom which spanned an animated series, feature films, books, and went a long way towards breaking into the US market.

He's also appeared in many feature length films, most famously as the voice of Zazu in The Lion King, Enrico Pollini in the cult hit Rat Race and the bumbling spy Johnny English in the spy-parody film Johnny English and it's sequel, Johnny English Reborn.

He's also lobbied against censorship on the arts and homophobic speech legislation; he's a big believer in freedom of expression. In 2013 he was awarded a CBE for services to drama and charity.

Sir Tony Robinson - Baldrick

After Blackadder Tony Robinson has had an incredibly busy and varied career: he wrote and narrated children's programmes, hosted various sucessful TV programmes, wrote sixteen children's books, appeared on stage and narrated audiobooks and adverts. In 1994 he began presenting Time Team, an archeological investigative programme, and for his work on this he received an honorary doctorate from Exeter University.

Though Tony Robinson didn't achieve quite the same level of celebrity success as his co-stars, he did get a knighthood in 2013 for public and political service. Of this he said:

"I’ll use my new title with abandon to highlight the causes I believe in, particularly the importance of culture, the arts and heritage and the plight of the infirm elderly and their carers. I also pledge that from this day on I’ll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help."

Hugh Laurie - Prince Regent/Lieutenant George

Hugh Laurie appeared in the second, third and fourth seasons, though only as a main cast member in seasons 3 and 4.

Since Blackadder Hugh Laurie has become one of the highest-paid actors in television for his role as the titular character on House. Prior to this he achieved success with Stephen Fry in A Bit of Fry & Laurie (which I highly recommend if you haven't seen it).

He's also written a best selling novel, released two blues albums, won two Golden Globes, lent his voice to many animated characters and appeared in more films and TV shows than you can shake a stick at. Phew.

Stephen Fry - Melchett/The Duke Of Wellington

Like his long-time collaborater, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry appeared in the second, third and fourth seasons and has gone on to huge fame. He's currently a household name and long-time host of BBC panel series QI. He's famed as a voice actor in addition to being a comedian, actor, writer and activist, voicing audiobooks and video games, including the popular LittleBigPlanet.

All of his voice acting, television and film appearances aside, Fry is perhaps best known for his activism, born from his own struggles with homosexuality as a public school boy in the 70s, and his bipolar disorder and depression, which he has spoken widely about, campaigning to reduce mental health stigma.


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