A man may fight for many things: his country, his principles, his friends, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn.
Little paragraph here by Sir Tone about why it's highly likely no more Blackadder will be forthcoming. - Admin S.
The two things I'm most commonly asked are whether or not there are going to be any more Time Teams or Blackadders. The answer to both questions is probably not..., and this is why...
Channel 4 cancelled the series after 20 years because they thought it had run its course. Sunday evening viewing figures weren't as robust as they'd been previously (although the show was actually being watched by more viewers than ever because of the endless repeats on More 4 and Discovery). Nevertheless the Sunday evening shows had a big, strategic role to play for Channel 4, and given that Time Team was so expensive to make, it was felt that the outlay was no longer justified. Also the channel had insisted we move our production offices to Cardiff, so at a stroke we lost a swathe of our experienced work force who, for many reasons, didn't want to relocate 150 miles from London. Finally the producers (myself included) had realised for some time that the show was starting to look a little tired, so for Series 19 we made a number of changes to the on-screen personnel, the graphics and the production techniques, and although some of these alterations were successful others were clearly not and were publicly criticised. Even though the issues were resolved by Series 20 (which was in my opinion one of the best series we ever made), the perception was that Time Team "wasn't what it used to be", and wasn't recommissioned. But we had 20 good years so I was philosophical when it was cancelled.
Would it be possible to remount the show? The rights are held by the Series Producer Tim Taylor, who devised it in the first place, and any decision would be his to make. But of course it would depend on whether there's a TV company out there who would want to invest in an "All New Time Team", and I've seen no indication that such a company currently exists.
The problem is that most fans adored Blackadder Goes Forth, especially the final episode, and even is we managed to create a new series that was twice as good, those fans wouldn't experience it as twice as good, because the nineties have long gone, the world has changed, and those viewers have become different people. As with Time Team we'd be confronted by the perception that the Adder "isn't what it used to be" - at least that's the way the argument goes. On a more practical note, would today's audience be interested in a series about four white blokes in their 60s, and one in his 70s? Could we afford Hugh Laurie's wages? Would Ben Elton and Richard Curtis have the time to write a new series? Would we still get on - there were some fractious relationships by the end of Series 4!
The general consensus is that we ended on a high, so we should leave it on that high. Nevertheless whenever Rowan and I meet up there's an occasional wistful glance!