According to venerable comedy producer John Lloyd, at least as quoted in The Sun today, he’s had some discussions with Rowan Atkinson about doing a Blackadder movie.
Here’s what Lloyd had to offer:
Rowan and I had this great idea, because we are all getting a bit old, of doing a kind of Dad’s Army… They are a platoon in Walmington-on-Sea where they get kidnapped by a German submarine and taken to Colditz. They then have to escape. Because Tony Robinson is probably very near 70 now he would be just about the right age. We’d do it as a Blackadder – it would make a good movie, I think.
Tony Robinson, for what it’s worth, is 66.
Now, this would be the smallest “leap forward” for a new generation of The Blackadder yet, with Atkinson’s character in this story necessarily alive at the same time as his incarnation in Blackadder Goes Fourth.
We were previously promised a sixties-set iteration called The Blackadder Five, but that never happened even after somebody had the smart idea of developing it for radio to ensure Atkinson, Robinson et al were not too old for their rock star roles.
Series co-writer Ben Elton‘s last sitcom, The Wright Way, was a dismal failure for the BBC. Meanwhile, his colleague, and the show’s creator, Richard Curtis has been talking about giving up directing.
I’d still be very interested to see what they could come up with, though. And now probably is just the right time, as TV-to-cinema translations are going down a storm in Britain. Just watch people pile into Alan Partridge:Alpha Papa next week for another demonstration.