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TV channel Gold will celebrate Blackadder's 40th anniversary in June 2023 with two new documentaries, Blackadder: The Lost Pilot and Blackadder: A Cunning Story.

In Blackadder: The Lost Pilot Baldrick star Sir Tony Robinson goes on a quest to discover the truth behind the Blackadder origin story.

Gold explain: "Tony's journey takes him back in time to find out where Blackadder really began, and to uncover the story of the never-before-broadcast 1982 Blackadder pilot episode.

"It's a personal story for Tony - Baldrick has defined his career and playing the character transformed his life. But Tony didn't play Baldrick in the pilot [Philip Fox did]. And there's so much about Blackadder's beginnings he doesn't know.

"Along the way he will speak to comedy greats including the series creator and writer Richard Curtis and co-writer Ben Elton. The climax of the programme will be a special screening of the never-before-broadcast pilot."

Tony Robinson says: "Blackadder holds a special place in the nation's heart and in mine too. I'm delighted to be part of its 40th Birthday celebrations on Gold. It's been wonderful to journey back to where it all began and chat to some of the biggest names in comedy who made it all happen."

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