Sir Tony Robinson's cunning plan to recruit Prince William for a cameo role, if there is ever a new series of Blackadder, appears to have worked.
As the 67-year-old actor, comedian and television presenter collected his knighthood yesterday, he revealed he found himself acting a bit like his foolish character Baldrick as nerves got the better of him.
Sir Tony revealed William had confided that he was an admirer of Blackadder.
"He said that he was a big fan and asked 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."