Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson has accused Michael Gove of effectively "slagging off teachers" after the Education Secretary claimed the classic comedy was used to present a "left-wing academic" interpretation of the First World War.
Sir Tony, who starred as Baldrick in the BBC show, said Mr Gove had made a "very silly mistake" to think that the final series of the show, which is set in the war's trenches, was being used to mislead those learning about the conflict.
"It's not that Blackadder teaches children the First World War," Sir Tony told the Sky News Murnaghan programme.
He said the episodes were "simply another teaching tool" used by "imaginative teachers" alongside visits to the conflict's battlefields and the esteemed poetry of its soldiers.
The makers of Blackadder have suggested that there could be another series of the classic TV comedy, with writer Ben Elton saying the show is "not finished".
Elton told the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine: "Blackadder is not finished. We’ll never officially close it down…ever."
The show's producer added that the 1989 fourth series Blackadder Goes Forth, which culminated with a moving First World War battlefield scene, may not be the end of Edmund Blackadder's journey through history.
John Lloyd told Event: "It was always the idea that the last episode would be this tragic thing, but I don' think we ever decided that it would be the last series. And I suppose in many ways we still haven’t decided."