Blackadder star Rowan Atkinson is returning to historical comedy – this time as Henry VIII.

The actor has signed up to guest star on the hit children’s sketch TV show Horrible Histories.

Ben Miller and Sanjeev Bhaskar will also feature in the sixth series of the award-winning CBBC show, which is based on the best-selling books by Terry Deary.

The show’s historical consultant Greg Jenner joked on Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 show that Atkinson, 60, will be “in tights for the first time since Blackadder”.

Format changes will mean that each episode will look at the life and times of one prominent historical figure, including Churchill, Napoleon, William the Conqueror, and Mary Queen of Scots. AAP

Here’s a classic scene from Blackadder featuring House star Hugh Laurie!