Blackadder is back for some banker bashing - video

Rowan Atkinson's character Sir Edmund Blackadder is reincarnated as the head of a bailed-out bank

LAST UPDATED AT 11:34 ON Fri 30 Nov 2012

THE OPPORTUNITY to poke fun at bankers has prompted comedian Rowan Atkinson to revive his Sir Edmund Blackadder persona for the first time in ten years.

The latest member of the famed Elizabethan dynasty, Sir Edmund Blackadder, chief executive of a bailed out bank, appeared in front of an audience of more than 5,000 people at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday night, reports The Daily Telegraph.

The one-off performance (see video below) was created for We Are Most Amused, a fundraising gala for the Prince of Wales's charity, The Princes Trust. The event was attended by the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The new 13-minute sketch was written by Ben Elton who co-wrote three of the four Blackadder TV series with Richard Curtis. It's the first new Blackadder material since 2002 when Sir Osmond Darling-Blackadder, Keeper of Her Majesty's Lawn Sprinklers, co-hosted a BBC programme marking the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Sir Edmund was accompanied last night by his regular sidekick Baldrick, the dimwitted gardener played by Tony Robinson.

In the sketch, Sir Edmund is called before a parliamentary inquiry into the banking crisis chaired by a character played by comedienne Miranda Hart. Her deputies were played by Helen Lederer (Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous) and Sanjeev Bhasker from The Khumars at No. 42.

The sketch highlighted Baldrick's impoverished vocabulary and lampooned some contemporary "attention seekers" including the Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, the former Conservative MP Louise Mensch and Sally Bercow, wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons.

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I never found Blackadder funny. Now I know why - it is written by Ben Elton.

I love Rowan Atkinson-- and Ben Elton too! <3

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