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Blackadder star attacks Gove over WWI criticism

Michael Gove said programmes like Blackadder were used to push "myths" and "denigrate virtues such as patriotism, honour and courage". Credit: Martin Keene/PA Archive

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.

William hints at Blackadder cameo as he knights star

The Duke of Cambridge confided in the newly-knighted Sir Tony Robinson that he would be prepared to appear in Blackadder if there is a new series.

Sir Tony Robinson is knighted by the Duke of Cambridge during an investiture ceremony. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Sir Tony, who played the downtrodden dogsbody Baldrick in the show, told reporters: "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 Robinson holds his medal after being knighted by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Sir Tony, who was knighted for public and political service, said he experienced a "Baldrick" moment during the investiture ceremony, forgetting to bow to Prince William at the outset and then "going the wrong way" after he had been knighted.

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Baldrick beats Blackadder to a knighthood

It was a cunning plan that even Baldrick could not have imagined, but Tony Robinson is knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List - while his boss Blackadder, Rowan Atkinson, becomes a CBE.

Sir Tony Robinson, who received the knighthood for public and political service, vowed: "I pledge that from this day on I'll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help."

Mr Atkinson said of his CBE: "It came as a genuine surprise and is a great honour."

Sir Baldrick: Tony Robinson 'gobsmacked' by knighthood

Actor Tony Robinson has been awarded with a knighthood Credit: Press Association

Actor Tony Robinson, famed for his role as Baldrick in the Blackadder series, has been awarded a knighthood in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Robinson said he was "thrilled, flattered and gobsmacked" to be commended, and pledged to use his knighthood to slay dragons and highlight the causes he believes in:

"I'll use my new title with abandon to highlight the causes I believe in, particularly the importance of culture, the arts and heritage in our society and the plight of the infirm elderly and their carers.

"I also pledge that from this day on I'll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help."