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Mr. Bean
Mr. bean title card.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by
Written by
Directed by John Birkin
Starring Rowan Atkinson
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 15 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Peter Bennett-Jones
Producer(s) Sue Vertue
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Endemol UK
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format
Audio format
Original run 1 January 1990 (1990-01-01)[1] – 15 December 1995 (1995-12-15)
Chronology
Followed by Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie
External links
Website

Mr. Bean is a British television programme series of fifteen 25-minute episodes written by Robin Driscoll and starring Rowan Atkinson as the title character. Different episodes were also written by Robin Driscoll and Richard Curtis, and one by Ben Elton. Thirteen of the episodes were broadcast on ITV, from the pilot on 1 January 1990,[1] until "Goodnight Mr. Bean" on 31 October 1995.[1] A clip show, "The Best Bits of Mr. Bean", was broadcast on 15 December 1995, and one episode, "Hair by Mr. Bean of London", was not broadcast until 2006 on Nickelodeon.[2]

Based on a character originally developed by Atkinson while he was studying for his master's degree at Oxford University, the series follows the exploits of Mr. Bean, described by Atkinson as "a child in a grown man's body", in solving various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causing disruption in the process.[3] Bean rarely speaks, and the largely physical humour of the series is derived from his interactions with other people and his unusual solutions to situations. The series was influenced by physical performers such as Jacques Tati and comic actors from silent films.[3]

During its five-year run, the series gained large UK audience figures, including 18.74 million for the 1991 episode "The Trouble with Mr. Bean".[4] The series has received a number of international awards, including the Rose d'Or. The show has been sold in 245 territories worldwide and has inspired an animated cartoon spin-off, two feature films, and an appearance at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

Background and influences[edit]

Bean was developed while Atkinson was studying for his master's degree in electrical engineering at Queen's College, Oxford. A sketch featuring the character was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in the early 1980s.[5] A similar character called Robert Box, played by Atkinson, appeared in the one-off 1979 ITV sitcom Canned Laughter, which also featured routines used in the film Bean (1997).[6]

One of Bean's earliest appearances occurred at the "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1987. When programme co-ordinators were scheduling Atkinson into the festival programme, Atkinson insisted that he perform on the French-speaking bill rather than the English-speaking programme. Having no French dialogue in his act at all, programme co-ordinators could not understand why Atkinson wanted to perform on the French bill. As it turned out, Atkinson's act at the festival was a test platform for the Mr. Bean character, and Atkinson wanted to see how the silent character's physical comedy would fare on an international stage with a non-English speaking audience.[7]

The character's name was not decided until after the first programme had been produced; a number of other vegetable-influenced names, such as "Mr. Cauliflower", were explored.[8] Atkinson cited the earlier comedy character Monsieur Hulot, created by French comedian and director Jacques Tati, as an influence on the character.[9] Stylistically, Mr. Bean is also very similar to early silent films, relying purely upon physical comedy, with Mr. Bean speaking very little dialogue (although like other live-action TV series of the time, it features a laugh track). This has allowed the series to be sold worldwide without any significant changes to dialogue.[7][10] In November 2012, Atkinson told The Daily Telegraph of his intentions to retire the character, stating that "someone in their 50s being childlike becomes a little sad".[11][12]

Characters and recurring props[edit]

Mr. Bean[edit]

The title character, played by Rowan Atkinson, is a childish buffoon who brings various unusual schemes and contrivances to everyday tasks. He lives alone at the address of Flat 2, 12 Arbour Road, Highbury, and is almost always seen in his trademark tweed jacket and a skinny red tie. He also usually wears a digital calculator watch. Mr. Bean rarely speaks, and when he does, it is generally only a few mumbled words which are in a comically low-pitched voice. His first name (he names himself "Bean" to others) and profession, if any, are never mentioned. In the first film adaptation, "Mr." appears on his passport in the "first name" field, and he is shown employed as a guard at London's National Gallery.[13] In Mr. Bean's Holiday, however, his name is listed on his passport as "Rowan", the actor's first name.[14]

Mr. Bean often seems unaware of basic aspects of the way the world works, and the programme usually features his attempts at what would normally be considered simple tasks, such as going swimming, using a television set, redecorating, or going to church. The humour largely comes from his original (and often absurd) solutions to problems and his total disregard for others when solving them, his pettiness, and occasional malevolence.

At the beginning of episode two onwards, Mr. Bean falls from the sky in a beam of light, accompanied by a choir singing Ecce homo qui est faba ("Behold the man who is a bean"), recorded by Southwark Cathedral Choir in 1990. These opening sequences were initially in black and white in episodes two and three, and were intended by the producers to show his status as an "ordinary man cast into the spotlight". However, later episodes showed Mr. Bean dropping from the night sky in a deserted London street against the backdrop of St Paul's Cathedral. At the end of episodes three and six he is also shown being sucked right back up into the sky in the respective background scenes (black scene in episode 3 and street scene in episode 6). Atkinson has acknowledged that Bean "has a slightly alien aspect to him".[15] In the animated series (episode 38, "Double Trouble") he is taken inside a spacecraft with "aliens" who look exactly like him and even have their own plushy toys. In an obvious homage, the aliens send him back home in a beam of light similar to the opening of the original Mr. Bean series. Whether Bean is an extraterrestrial is not clear.

Irma Gobb[edit]

Mr. Bean's girlfriend, Irma Gobb (played by Matilda Ziegler), appears in three episodes. In "The Curse of Mr. Bean" and "Mr. Bean Goes to Town", the character is simply credited as "the girlfriend". She is treated relatively inconsiderately by Bean, who appears to regard her more as a friend and companion than as a love interest. However, he does become jealous when she dances with another man at a disco in "Mr. Bean Goes to Town", and she certainly expects him to propose to her on Christmas Day in "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean"; his failure to do so results in her leaving him for good. The character does not appear in any subsequent episodes, however, she later appears in the animated series. The spin-off book, Mr. Bean's Diary (1993), states that Mr. Bean met Irma Gobb at a local library.[16] Ziegler has also played a waitress, a mother and a policewoman.[17]

In the Comic Relief extra "Torvill and Bean", Bean is accompanied by a female companion portrayed by Sophie Thompson, whose overall appearance resembles Gobb's.

Teddy[edit]

Mr. Bean and Teddy

Teddy is Mr. Bean's teddy bear and perhaps Mr. Bean's best friend. The little brown bear is a knitted oddity with button eyes and sausage-shaped limbs, which invariably end up broken in half or in various other states of destruction and disfiguration. Although Teddy is inanimate, Mr. Bean often pretends it is alive. For example, when Mr. Bean hypnotises Teddy, he snaps his fingers and the bear's head falls backwards as if it had fallen asleep instantly (Bean used his finger to prop Teddy's head up). Mr. Bean behaves as if the bear is real, buying it a Christmas present or trying not to wake it in the mornings. The bear is often privy to Mr. Bean's various schemes and doubles as a tool or other items in emergencies; it has been decapitated ("Mr. Bean in Room 426"), used as his paint brush ("Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean"), and shrunk in the wash ("Tee Off, Mr. Bean"). Teddy is also Mr. Bean's "pet" in "Hair by Mr. Bean of London" and is used to win a pet show.

The Teddy used in filming sits in the windshield of the replica of Mr. Bean's mini that is on display at the National Motor Museum.[citation needed]

Over the years, Teddy has undergone several changes. When it debuted on "The Trouble with Mr. Bean", it had a smaller head. Two episodes later, its head reached its current size, but its "eyes" were not present until Bean placed gold thumb tacks on its face. The "eyes" have since been replaced with two small white buttons sewn over Teddy's face, giving it a distinct image.

Mr. Bean's car[edit]

Rowan Atkinson demonstrating a famous scene from the episode "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean" on a Mini at Goodwood Circuit

Mr. Bean's car, a 1976 British Leyland Mini 1000, developed its own character of sorts over the series and was central to several antics, such as Mr. Bean's getting dressed in it, driving while sitting in an armchair strapped to the roof, starting it with a number of locks and keys, or attempting to avoid a car park fee by driving out through the entrance.

At first, it was an orange 1969 BMC Mini MK II (registration RNT 996H), but this was destroyed in an off-screen crash at the end of the first episode. From then on, the car was a 1976 model (registration SLW 287R), Austin Citron Green in colour[18] with a matte black bonnet.

The Mini also had a number of innovative security measures. For example, Bean uses a bolt-latch and padlock, rather than the lock fitted to the car, and removes the steering wheel instead of the key. These formed a running joke in several episodes, and at one point deterred a car thief. However, after changing parking spaces with an identical car in "Back to School Mr. Bean", his car is crushed by a tank. Fortunately for Bean, his padlock survives, and he hurries off to "carjack" another automobile with the same colour scheme.

The Mini re-appeared as a character in the animated Mr. Bean cartoons and in the film Mr. Bean's Holiday, with the registration YGL 572T. Also seen is a left hand drive version of his Mini, owned by the character Sabine. For the feature film Bean (1997), a sequence involving the Mini driving through Harrod's Department Store was shot, but this was not included in the final cut.[19][20]

After filming ended, one of the original Minis was sold to Kariker Kars to be hired for various events. It was then temporarily displayed as a major attraction at the Rover Group's museum. In 1997, it was purchased by the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum and was on display for a while, but is no longer there, having been sold, it went to America. There is one currently nearing the end of a nut and bolt restoration in the south of England. BMW Germany has built a replica, and another replica - the one used to promote the animated series - is on display at National Motor Museum, Beaulieu[21]

The only episodes not to feature any of the Minis are "The Return of Mr. Bean" and "Tee Off, Mr. Bean".

The Reliant[edit]

Starting with the first episode, Mr. Bean has a long-running feud with the unseen driver of a light blue Reliant Regal Supervan III (registration GRA 26K), which will usually get turned over, crashed out of its parking space, and so forth by Mr. Bean in his Mini, who is usually oblivious to the results. These mishaps became a running joke throughout the series. In "Tee Off, Mr. Bean", Bean is hitchhiking and the Reliant pulls over for him, but Bean, who recognises the car, pretends to not see it, until it leaves.

The Reliant reappears in the animated series, again victimized by Mr Bean in his Mini.

Other characters[edit]

Although Mr. Bean is the only significant character in the programme, others appear, usually as foils for his various antics. Other than his girlfriend there are more characters in each episode. However, several notable British actors and comedians appear alongside Atkinson in sketches as various one-off supporting characters, including Richard Briers, Angus Deayton, Stephen Frost, Nick Hancock, Christopher Ryan, Paul Bown, Caroline Quentin, Danny La Rue, Roger Lloyd-Pack, David Schneider and Richard Wilson.[22]

Episodes[edit]

All 14 episodes of Mr. Bean were produced by Tiger Aspect Productions. Additionally, the character has been used in one-off sketches, guest appearances and television commercials in the United Kingdom.

Music[edit]

Mr. Bean features a choral theme tune in the key of C Major written by Howard Goodall and performed by the Choir of Southwark Cathedral (later Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford). The words sung during the title sequences are in Latin:

  • Ecce homo qui est faba – "Behold the man who is a bean" (sung at beginning)
  • Finis partis primae – "End of part one" (sung before the advertisement break)
  • Pars secunda – "Part two" (sung after the advertisement break)
  • Vale homo qui est faba – "Farewell, man who is a bean" (sung at end)

The theme was later released on Goodall's album Choral Works. Goodall also wrote an accompanying music track for many episodes. The first episode of Mr. Bean did not feature the choral theme tune, but instead an up-beat instrumental piece, also composed by Howard Goodall, which was more an incidental tune than a theme. It was used while Bean drove between locations intimidating the blue Reliant, and as such, was sometimes heard in later episodes whenever Bean's nemesis is seen. The instrumental of the theme tune was used in animated Mr. Bean in the series finale "Double Trouble".

In the episode "Tee Off, Mr. Bean" Howard Goodall's choral theme tune for another Richard Curtis comedy, The Vicar of Dibley, is heard playing on a car stereo. In Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean., while playing with Queen's Royal Guards figurines and the nativity set, he hums "The British Grenadiers", which was quoted in the theme to Blackadder Goes Forth.[23]

Mr. Bean appears in a music video made for the 1991 Comic Relief fund raising single by Hale and Pace called The Stonk.[24] Mr. Bean also appeared in the music video for Boyzone's single Picture of You in 1997.[25] The song was featured on the soundtrack to the first Bean movie.

Mr. Bean also made a Comic Relief record in 1992. This was (I Want To Be) Elected and was credited to "Mr. Bean and Smear Campaign featuring Bruce Dickinson". This was a cover of an Alice Cooper song and reached number 9 in the UK singles chart.[26]

Awards[edit]

The first episode won the Golden Rose, as well as two other major prizes at the 1991 Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival in Montreux.[27] In the UK, the episode "The Curse of Mr. Bean" was nominated for a number of BAFTA awards; "Best Light Entertainment Programme" in 1991, "Best Comedy" (Programme or Series) in 1991, and Atkinson was nominated three times for "Best Light Entertainment Performance" in 1991 and 1994.[28]

Spin-offs[edit]

Mr. Bean in the animation along with his landlady Mrs. Wicket, at left and his girlfriend, Irma Gobb

The animated series[edit]

Bean was revived in a 2002–04 animated cartoon series, again featuring little dialogue, with most being either little soundbites or mumbling. The series, which consist of 63 episodes (with 2 segments each), expanded the number of additional characters, featuring Bean's unpleasant landlady, Mrs. Wicket, and her evil one-eyed cat, Scrapper. Atkinson reprised his role as Bean, and all animated Bean actions are taken from Atkinson himself. Other characters' voices are provided by Jon Glover, Rupert Degas, Gary Martin and Lorelei King.[29] A video game based on the Animated series was released on 14 December 2007 and was a third person platformer. The games were released on PAL only for PS2, Nintendo DS, and Wii (called Mr. Bean's Wacky World).

Film adaptations[edit]

Main articles: Bean (film) and Mr. Bean's Holiday

Two films featuring Bean have been released. The first, Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie was directed by Mel Smith and released in 1997, with Atkinson reprising his title role. This broke from the programme's tradition by using a subplot with more developed characters – instead of being the sole centre of attention, Bean here interacted with a suburban Californian family he stayed with while overseeing the transfer of Whistler's Mother to a Los Angeles art gallery. The film grossed over US$250 million globally ($45 million in the USA)[30] on a budget estimated at $22 million.[31]

News broke out in March 2005 that a second Bean film, Mr. Bean's Holiday was in development, with Atkinson reprising his title role. The film had been through several changes of name during its development, including Bean 2 and French Bean.[32] Filming began on 15 May 2006 and began post-production in October 2006. It was released in the UK on 30 March 2007. On 17 July 2007, the North American premiere was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, at the Just For Laughs festival; the launching pad for the Mr. Bean character 20 years earlier.[7] The film was then released nationwide in North America on 24 August 2007. The film follows Bean on an eventful journey across France for a holiday in the French Riviera, which after a number of misfortunes culminates in an unscheduled screening of his video diary at the Cannes Film Festival. It was directed by Steve Bendelack and, according to Atkinson, is the last appearance of Bean.[33] It grossed nearly US$230 million globally ($33 million in the USA).[34]

The London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony[edit]

The character (as represented by Atkinson) plays a single note on a synthesiser in the performance of "Chariots of Fire", during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Instead of his usual brown tweed sports jacket, he wears white tie and tails like the other musicians around him. During his performance, he becomes bored with playing the same note repeatedly on the synthesiser and gets jealous of the more interesting part being played on the grand piano. Still bored, he takes out his mobile phone and takes a picture of himself, looking chuffed. He then sneezes in a comical fashion and tries to retrieve his handkerchief from his bag behind him. He finds that he cannot reach it and has to keep playing the note with his umbrella to retrieve it. When he finally blows his nose, he throws his handkerchief into the grand piano. He then falls asleep continuing to play the note.

A dream sequence of the opening scene of the film Chariots of Fire, shows the characters running across a beach, except Mr. Bean is running with them. He begins to fall behind, until he hails a car to overtake all the others. Bean is now running in front, and another runner tries to overtake Bean but is tripped by him. Bean crosses the line with elation, and then he wakes up. The rest of the orchestra had stopped playing while he continued his one recurring note. Realising this, and with encouragement from conductor Simon Rattle, he plays an extended flourish and lastly touches a note that makes a flatulent sound, then stops.[35]

Books[edit]

Two books were released related to the original series: Mr. Bean's Diary in 1992 and Mr. Bean's Pocket Diary in 1994. The two books have identical content and differ only in the format in which they are printed. The content of both is a template diary with handwritten content scrawled in by Mr. Bean. They provide some additional information on the setting: for example, they establish that Mr. Bean lives in Highbury and rents his flat from a landlady named Mrs. Wicket. They confirm the name of Mr. Bean's girlfriend as "Irma Gobb", and also give the name of the other man she actually dances with in Mr. Bean Goes to Town (Giles Gummer). An additional book called Mr. Bean's Diary was released in 2002 to accompany the animated series; this book was also graded as a children's reader.

Other appearances[edit]

Rowan Atkinson has appeared in character as Bean in many normally factual television broadcasts, sometimes as a publicity stunt to promote a new episode, DVD or film.

# Event/Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 Going Live! Amanda Gabbitas 1991
Mr. Bean answers question about himself on the Saturday morning magazine show Going Live! with Phillip Schofield.
2 This Morning 1995
Bean arrives at the Albert Dock car park in time for filming a special TV appearance, however, is unable to find a suitable space. He then accidentally reverses his Mini into a car belonging to Richard and Judy, hurling it into the river. He is then taken into the studio to be interviewed by the pair, where they realise what he has done. They then invite him into the This Morning kitchen, where he causes mayhem while trying to prepare his favourite meal.
3 The National Lottery Draws 1997
Aired on BBC One's National Lottery Results Show. Bean arrives in the studio, and informs the viewers that he is heading to the United States to star in his film all about his adventures. He then introduces his creation, which is used to select the exact balls on his lottery ticket. He is then refused the winnings by host Bob Monkhouse.
4 Interview on Japanese television 1999
Only ever aired in Japan. Bean appears on Japanese television for an interview, and instead of embracing the culture, manages to embarrass himself by sticking chopsticks up his nose and falsely translating the Japanese language. He is then escorted off set for his tomfoolery and is told never to return to Japan.
5 Blue Peter Safety film 2004
Bean enlists the help of the Blue Peter team in order to help him construct a fireworks safety film for a new evening class project he is undertaking. When he later arrives at the class, he disposes of the film and instead begins to plug a series of new DVDs featuring himself.
6 The Dame Edna Treatment 2007
Aired during the first episode of The Dame Edna Treatment. Bean arrives at a local spa, and poses as a doctor in an attempt to gain access to the sauna and relaxation room. First, Bean pulls the hose out forcibly from underneath the customer. Then he sets another hose and puts it underneath the customer. After that, he connects the hose into the vacuum tube and he turns on the vacuum cleaner. The smoke emerges from the vacuum and Bean tries to fix it up. As the nurse comes in, he accidentally squirts her in dirt. However, the receptionist works out what he is up to and manages to subdue him before he gets a chance to speak to Dame Edna.
7 Blue PeterMr. Bean's Holiday Promotion 2007
Aired during a 2007 episode of Blue Peter. Bean invites the Blue Peter team to look at his holiday snaps he had taken while he was filming on the set of Mr. Bean's Holiday. However, Bean's camera breaks down, and instead shows a series of clips from the film. Mr. Bean's Holiday is in French Rivera.
8 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony 27 July 2012
Rowan Atkinson made a special appearance, in character, as Mr. Bean (though without the suit, tie and brown hair) at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. He pretended to accompany the London Symphony Orchestra in performing the theme from Chariots of Fire while taking pictures with his phone and blowing his nose.[36] In a filmed sequence shown during the performance, Bean daydreams of joining the runners in the movie's iconic scene along West Sands at St. Andrews. He is shown beating the other runners by riding in a car, and then tripping the front runner.[37]
9 Dragon TV Tonight 80's Talk Show 14 September 2014
Rowan Atkinson went to Shanghai, in character, as Mr. Bean. He was on the Tonight 80's Talk Show with Wang Zijian. It was his first visit to China.[38]
10 Red Nose Day 13 March 2015
Rowan Atkinson preformed a sketch, in character, as Mr. Bean. He was on Red Nose Day attending a funural.

Music videos[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Released
1 Hale and Pace, "The Stonk" 1991
Bean is seen playing the drums in the music video to the official Comic Relief song for the 1991 telethon.
2 Mr. Bean and Smear Campaign featuring Bruce Dickinson, "I Want to Be Elected" Paul Weiland 1992
This video was made to accompany the single that was released in support of Comic Relief and aired during the run-up to the general election. In the sketch, Bean stands for Parliament as the single member of "The Bean Party". He makes fun of the ruthless campaigning used by some activists, and forces his way into peoples' homes or buys their votes by offering them money or televisions. He also ticks his poster on a coffin that is being taken to a waiting hearse, and after being spotted by a press photographer, gives a lollipop to a random child, then forcibly takes it back after the photographer departs. While Bean is addressing for his platforms, the wall behind him opens, revealing the toilet room and he told to the man there to go away. And finally replaces the ballot box with the one bought by himself, full of votes for him only - the other five running candidates receive a vote of zero while Bean receives more than 24,000 votes. In the background a band called 'Smear Campaign', featuring Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, plays the Alice Cooper song "Elected".
3 Boyzone, "Picture of You" 1997
Bean was featured in the music video for "Picture of You", a song performed by Boyzone, which was featured as the main theme song for the film Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie. In the video, the band arrives on a street, dressed as look-alikes of Bean, ready to perform the song. However, Bean turns up and starts to cause havoc.
4 Matt Willis, "Crash" 2007
Official music video of Matt Willis's version of the song "Crash" originally performed by The Primitives first broadcast on Popworld in 2007

Commercials[edit]

# Product Directed by Written by Original broadcast
1 REMA 1000 1994
Commercials for Scandinavian supermarket chain in Norway. The first sees walking around a store, physically comparing the products he has already bought from another store with those in the store.[39] A second features Bean at the till but he doesn't have enough money. He collects coins from his mini and the floor using a hand-held vacuum cleaner and presents the contents to the cashier but still doesn't have enough. He almost steals a lolly, but when spotted, he pretends that he is giving it to the child in the queue behind him. Bean waits until the child is leaving before stealing it back however the child has already eaten it.[40] A third sees Bean using a home made contraption to scan for cheaper prices while annoying the customers.[41]
2 M&M's 1997
Aired regularly during advert breaks on ITV during the summer of 1998. Bean arrives at a bowling alley, only to be heckled by the M&M's 'spokescandies' Red and Yellow due to his poor bowling ability (leaving a 2-pin split). Bean then decides to pick Red up and bowl him like a bowling ball, which results in a spare.[42]
3 Fujifilm 1999
Aired regularly during advert breaks on ITV during the summer of 1999. Bean goes to a photo shop in order to buy a new camera. When he gets home, he tries to take a photo of Teddy, who subsequently keeps falling out of shot. He then decides to turn his attentions to a budgerigar, but instead only succeeds in trapping it in its cage. Different adverts for the same product also appeared in Japan.
4 Nissan Tino 1999
Only ever aired in Japan. Bean drives around the streets of Japan showing off his new Nissan Tino, but manages to offend the hierarchy's security guards when he smirks at them while driving past. He later takes the car back to the showroom and asks for a refund, despite claiming it is a fantastic car.[43][44]
5 Snickers Daniel Kleinman 9 October 2014
One in a series of Snickers adverts where the protagonist doesn't perform or behave at their best until they've eaten a Snickers and appears as a completely different person until they've done so. In this one, Bean appears as the pre-Snickers alterego of a martial arts expert almost foiling a raid.[45]

Home media[edit]

The series was available on a number of Thames Television VHS compilations. In the United Kingdom (Region 2), episodes of Mr. Bean were released on a yearly basis by Universal Pictures UK from 2004. The complete collection is now available, including the two feature films and other extras. The episodes were released on VHS by A&E Home Video in the United States in the 1990s. In the United States (Region 1), the complete series has been available since 2003 on A&E Home Video as "The Whole Bean". The documentary "The Story of Mr. Bean" is edited on both the UK and USA DVD sets: It is 48 minutes in the UK while only 40 in the USA. Most notably, in the UK version, the section detailing "The Tall Guy" has humorous clips from the film removed.

The record-selling UK videos were withdrawn shortly before the release of Bean, and DVDs were released on an annual basis as of 2004.

In August 2009 an official YouTube channel was launched featuring content from the live action and animated series.[46]

The series is set to be re-released by Shout Factory in North America on 24 March 2015 on DVD, to coincide with its 25th anniversary. This set contains digitally remastered episodes (similar to the 2010 British release), the 40 minute "The Story of Mr. Bean", additional scenes: "Turkey Weight," "Armchair Sale," "Marching" & "Playing With Matches", "Bus Stop" and "Library" sketches, a trailer for "Mr. Bean: The Animated Series", and "The Best Bits of Mr. Bean", a 72-minute clip show. [47][48]

VHS format[edit]

Title No. of episodes
The Amazing Adventures of Mr. Bean 2
The Exciting Escapades of Mr. Bean 2
The Terrible Tales of Mr. Bean 2
The Merry Mishaps of Mr. Bean 2
The Perilous Pursuits of Mr. Bean 2
Unseen Bean 2
The Final Frolics of Mr. Bean 2
The Best Bits of Mr. Bean Episode clips
The Complete Mr. Bean (Volume 1) 7
The Complete Mr. Bean (Volume 2) 7
Merry Christmas Mr. Bean 1
Mr. Bean – Vol. 1 3
Mr. Bean – Vol. 2 3

DVD format[edit]

Title No. of episodes Release date Notes
Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean 14 + 4 (special ep.) 29 April 2003 Region 1. Contains all 14 episodes, two Comic Relief sketches and two director's cut sketches. Plus, The Story of Mr. Bean (40-min. documentary), Mr. Bean The Animated Series Trailer and Rowan Atkinson Biography & Filmography
Mr Bean: Series 1, Volumes 1-4 (Digitally Remastered 20th Anniversary Edition) 14 + 4 (special ep.) 6 September 2010 Contains all 14 episodes
Mr Bean - The Complete Collection 14 + 4 (special ep.) 28 November 2011 Contains all 14 episodes (Digitally Remastered) + animation episodes + movies.
Volumes
Title No. of episodes Release date Notes
Mr. Bean – Vol. 1 3 1 November 2004 3 episodes
Mr. Bean – Vol. 2 3 31 October 2005 3 episodes
Mr. Bean – Vol. 3 3 13 November 2006 3 episodes
Mr. Bean – Vol. 4 3 19 March 2007 3 episodes
Mr. Bean – Vol. 5 2 12 November 2007 2 episodes
Mr. Bean – Collection 14 12 November 2007 All 14 TV episodes
Mr. Bean – Christmas Collection 14 + 2 (movies) 12 November 2007 All 14 TV episodes, Mr. Bean's Holiday & Bean – The Ultimate Disaster Movie
Mr. Bean – Complete Collection 14 + 26 (cartoon) + 2 (movies) 12 November 2007 All 14 TV episodes, all 26 episodes of the Mr. Bean Animated TV Series, Mr. Bean's Holiday & Bean – The Ultimate Disaster Movie
Mr. Bean – Ultimate Collection 14 + 9 (cartoon) + 2 (movies) + Director's Cut sketches 16 December 2008 All 14 TV episodes, 9 episodes of the Mr. Bean Animated TV Series, Mr Bean's Holiday & Bean – The Ultimate Disaster Movie and the Director cut sketches expect the chair
Mr. Bean – Vol. 1 5 17 November 2008 5 episodes
Mr. Bean – Vol. 2 5 17 November 2008 5 episodes
Mr. Bean – Vol. 3 4 17 November 2008 4 episodes
Mr. Bean – Best Bits 17 November 2008 Highlights
Mr. Bean – Vol. 1 (Digitally Remastered 20th Anniversary Edition) 5 6 September 2010 Universal Pictures UK
Mr. Bean – Vol. 2 (Digitally Remastered 20th Anniversary Edition) 5 6 September 2010 Universal Pictures UK
Mr. Bean – Vol. 3 (Digitally Remastered 20th Anniversary Edition) 4 6 September 2010 Universal Pictures UK
Mr. Bean – Vol. 4 (Digitally Remastered 20th Anniversary Edition) The Best Bits, The Story of Mr. Bean, Interviews with Rowan Atkinson 6 September 2010 Universal Pictures UK
Best of Mr. Bean
Title No. of episodes Release date Notes
The Best of Mr. Bean 7 23 November 1999 PolyGram Video
The Best of Mr. Bean 7 29 August 2006 A&E Home Video

DVD re-release[edit]

Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean is set to be re-released on 24 March 2015 on DVD digitally re-mastered to coincide with the series' 25th anniversary.[47]

Popular culture[edit]

  • The sale of Mr Bean worldwide has enabled his character to secure a place in the popular culture of several countries. Notably, a number of public figures have been compared to the character, usually as an insult. Tony Blair, then-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was identified by Homer Simpson as "Mr. Bean" when his cartoon form greeted the Simpsons to the United Kingdom in an episode of the eponymous programme, allegedly demonstrating the stereotypical view of the British by Americans.[49]
  • NRL Referee Sean Hampstead is regularly nicknamed "Mr. Bean" in nationally broadcast commentary by Australian television/radio personality Ray Warren as a result of his similar appearance.
  • The former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is often mocked in his own country for his facial resemblance to Mr. Bean, and a computer hacker broke into Spain's official website for its presidency of the European Union, inserting the character on the front page of the website. Satirists have also compared Zapatero to Mr. Bean when discussing government policies that are deemed to have been unsuccessful.[52]
  • Several of the visual jokes in the series have been used as experiments on the Discovery Channel's MythBusters series. In episode 52 – "Mind Control", the idea of painting a room with a stick of explosives (Firework, or other) placed in a paint can, as in the episode "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean", was tested and deemed impossible, as adequate coverage was not achieved.[53]
  • An image of Mr. Bean has also been used as an internet meme usually accompanied by the statement, "if you know what I mean."[54]
  • Though Rowan Atkinson is not typecast to characters like Mr. Bean, he has played similar characters in other works, such as Enrico in the 2001 film Rat Race.
  • In Tetsuo Hara and Buronson's manga Souten no Ken, a parody of Mr. Bean can be found in a minor character appearing in chapter 45, contained in vol. 5. In it, a barman identical to Mr. Bean tends the main character Kenshiro Kasumi, for comic relief.[55]
  • Private Eye magazine features a cartoon strip, The Adventures of Mr Milibean, in which British Labour party leader Ed Miliband is drawn as Bean.

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