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Wednesday 4 March 2015

Prince William in Blackadder cameo?

Sir Tony Robinson was knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace
Sir Tony Robinson was knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace

Sir Tony Robinson has revealed he has managed to recruit Prince William for a cameo if there is ever a new episode of Blackadder.

The 67-year-old actor, comedian and television presenter was knighted by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace, where he revealed he found himself acting a bit like his foolish character Baldrick as the nerves set in during the investiture ceremony.

Sir Tony revealed William had confided that he is a "big fan" of Blackadder, the hit BBC sitcom in which Tony starred with Rowan Atkinson, Tim McInnerny, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

"He said that he was a big fan of Blackadder and was there going to be another series? I said we have always talked about it. I said to him 'would you be prepared to be in it?' He said 'yes' like a shot," Sir Tony revealed.

"I managed to do a bit of casting while he was awarding my knighthood. I think that is probably a first."

Sir Tony, asked if there were plans for another Blackadder series, quipped: "I don't know if we can afford Hugh Laurie."

Asked what part William could play, Sir Tony said: "I think he would have to play himself don't you?"

And the Time Team presenter confessed a "little bit" of Baldrick had crept in when he received his knighthood.

"I messed it up completely - I forgot that you were supposed to bow at the beginning. I was just stood there and I was looking at HRH and he was looking at me. I stepped forward and knelt. Then I went the wrong way.

"A little bit of Baldrick crept over me when I was receiving my knighthood."

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