Richard Curtis is "always hoping" there will be a 'Blackadder' return in a TV or stage special.

Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis

The popular BBC comedy - which starred Rowan Atkinson as anti-hero Edmund Blackadder in all four series from 1983 until 1989 - was last seen on screen in the 'Back & Forth' one-off episode, originally made for broadcast in the Millenium Dome in 1999, and now the show's co-creator has admitted he has ideas for a comeback.

He's quoted by the Daily Star newspaper as saying: "The thing about 'Blackadder' was, it was a young man's show criticising older people, saying how stupid those in authority were.

"So I did once think, 'If we ever did anything again, it should be Blackadder as a teacher in a university, about how much we hate young people.'

"I'm always hoping Rowan and I will do one last live show and bring on Blackadder for a 10-minute bit."

Each series covered a different period of history, including the Middle Ages, Elizabethan England, the Georgian Era and a run of episodes focused on the trenches during World War One.

The cast also featured the likes of Tim McInnerny, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and the late Rik Mayall.

Last year, leading man Rowan admitted that although it would be fun to reunite with his co-star Sir Tony Robinson, who portrayed his side-kick Baldrick, there are currently no plans to revive the popular 80s show.

He previously said: "I think it's highly unlikely.

"Tony, unfortunately, gets quoted as saying these things when he didn't really say it, he just sometimes thinks, you know, wouldn't it be fun?

"But it's not an indication unfortunately that there are any plans to bring the 'Blackadder' back, there are no plans but I think it's highly unlikely."