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Mr. Bean
Mr. bean title card.jpg
Created by
Written by
Directed by
StarringRowan Atkinson
Composer(s)Howard Goodall
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes15 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Peter Bennett-Jones
  • John Howard Davies (Episodes 1–3)
  • Sue Vertue (Episodes 4–9, 12–14)
  • Peter Bennett-Jones (Episodes 10–11)
Running time29 minutes
Production company(s)Tiger Aspect Productions
Original networkITV
Picture format
  • 576i (4:3 SDTV)
Audio format
  • Stereo
Original release1 January 1990 (1990-01-01)[1] – 15 December 1995 (1995-12-15)
Followed byBean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie
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Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and starring Atkinson as the title character. The sitcom consisted of 15 episodes that were co-written by Atkinson alongside Curtis and Robin Driscoll; for the pilot, it was co-written by Ben Elton. The series was originally broadcast on ITV, beginning with the pilot on 1 January 1990[1] and ending with "The Best Bits of Mr. Bean" on 15 December 1995. The fourteenth episode "Hair by Mr. Bean of London", was not broadcast on television until 25 August 2006 on Nickelodeon.[2]

Based on a character originally developed by Atkinson while he was studying for his master's degree at the Oxford University, the series centres on Mr. Bean, described by Atkinson as "a child in a grown man's body", as he solves various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causes disruption in the process.[3] The series has been influenced by physical comedy actors such as Jacques Tati and those from early silent films.[3]

During its original five-year run Mr. Bean met with widespread acclaim, attracting large television audiences. The series was viewed by 18.74 million viewers for the episode "The Trouble with Mr. Bean"[4] and has received a number of international awards, including the Rose d'Or. The series has also been sold in 245 territories worldwide and has inspired an animated spin-off and two theatrical feature-length films along with Atkinson reprising his role as Mr. Bean for a performance at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, television commercials and several sketches for Comic Relief.


The character of Mr. Bean was developed while Rowan Atkinson was studying for his master's degree in electrical engineering at The Queen's College, Oxford. A sketch featuring Bean was shown at the Edinburgh Fringe in the early 1980s.[3] A similar character called Robert Box, also played by Atkinson himself, appeared in the one-off 1979 ITV sitcom Canned Laughter which also featured routines used in the motion picture in 1997.[5]

One of Bean's earliest appearances occurred at the "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1987. When programme coordinators were scheduling him 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 coordinators could not understand why Atkinson wanted to perform on the French bill instead. 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 his character's physical comedy would fare on an international stage with a non-English speaking audience.[6]

The character's name was not decided until after the first episode had been produced; a number of other vegetable-influenced names such as "Mr. Cauliflower" were explored.[7] Atkinson cited the earlier comedy character Monsieur Hulot, created by French comedian and director Jacques Tati, as an influence on the character.[8] 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 sitcoms during this period, it featured a laugh track). This has allowed the series to be sold worldwide without any significant changes to dialogue.[6][9] In November 2012, Atkinson told The Daily Telegraph of his intentions to retire the character, stating that "someone in their fifties being childlike becomes a little sad."[10][11] In 2016 however, Atkinson changed his mind by saying that he would never retire playing Mr. Bean.[12]

Characters and recurring props[edit]

Mr. Bean[edit]

Rowan Atkinson portraying Mr. Bean in August 1997

The title character and main protagonist, 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]

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 activities, such as going swimming, using a television set, interior decorating 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.

In the beginning of episode two, 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") which was sung by the Southwark Cathedral choir in 1990. The opening sequence was initially in black and white in episodes two and three, which was 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 two 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). Regarding the opening credits, Atkinson has acknowledged that Bean "has a slightly alien aspect to him".[14] In the Mr. Bean: The Animated Series episode "Double Trouble", the alien aspect of him was used in a storyline in which he is taken inside a spacecraft with aliens who look exactly like him and even have their own plushy toys. In an obvious homage towards the end, the aliens send him back home in a beam of light and music similar to the opening of the original Mr. Bean series. Whether Bean is an extraterrestrial is not made clear.

Irma Gobb[edit]

Mr. Bean's long-suffering 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 rather 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"; with his failure to do so resulting in her leaving him for good. Despite this, she reappears in Mr. Bean: The Animated Series. It is revealed in the book Mr. Bean's Diary that Bean met Irma Gobb at a local library.[15] Ziegler has also played a waitress, a mother and a policewoman.[16]

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


Mr. Bean and Teddy.

Teddy is Mr. Bean's teddy bear and apparently 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 hypnotizes 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" where he is used to win a pet show.

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 distinctive image.

After filming ended, Teddy was donated by Atkinson to Gyles Brandreth's Teddy bear museum in Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2008 upon the museum's closing, Teddy was sold at auction for £180.[17]

The Mini[edit]

Rowan Atkinson re-enacting a famous scene from the episode "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean" on a Mini at Goodwood Circuit Revival 2009
Mr. Bean's Mini.

Mr. Bean's vehicle, a citron-green[18] 1977 British Leyland Mini 1000 Mark 4[19] with a matte black bonnet, was central to several antics such as Bean getting dressed in it, driving while sitting in an armchair strapped to the roof or attempting to avoid a car park fee by driving out through the entrance. In the pilot, the vehicle was originally an orange 1969 BMC Morris Mini 1000 Mark 2 (registration RNT 996H), but this was destroyed in an off-screen crash at the end of the episode. Throughout the sitcom, Bean keeps it locked with a bolt-latch and padlock rather than the lock fitted to the car, which formed a running joke in several episodes; in two episodes, he demonstrated an additional and innovative security measure in that he removes the steering wheel instead of the key which in one episode deterred a car thief. In "Back to School Mr. Bean", Bean's Mini is crushed by a tank as part of a demonstration after he replaced an identical Mini (registration ACW 497V) meant for the demonstration with his own to secure a parking space. After losing it, he removes his padlock and bolt-latch from the remains. Although the Mini has been crushed, it nonetheless reappears in subsequent episodes with the same colours and registration number (SLW 287R) as the car that has been crushed.

There were three Minis painted green and black used in the series, as well as two others painted with the same colour scheme but with no engine that got crushed by the tank. One of the main cars was also crushed by the tank. During filming many parts were swapped from car to car throughout production, including bonnets, wheel trims, grilles, steering wheels, rear lights, occasionally the drivers door and the seat covers.[20]

After filming ended, one of the original Minis was sold to Kariker Kars to be hired for various events whereupon it was 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 displayed for a number of years, later being sold on to a museum in the United States. The main Mini is privately owned and nearing the end of a restoration in the south of England.

To promote Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, a replica of the Mini with the registration number DRW 221T was used. This Mini is currently on display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.[21][not in citation given] The London Motor Museum also has a replica on display.

The Mini was going to appear in the first film adaptation of the series under the registration C607 EUW.[22] In the film, Mr. Bean drives his Mini through Harrods in order to avoid a traffic jam. Although the sequence was filmed, it was not included in the final cut.[23][24] In June 2018, the Mini from the film was sold for US$70,000.[25] The Mini eventually had its debut on the big screen when it featured in the film Mr. Bean's Holiday under the registration YGL 572T. Differently to the Minis before (which use the colour Austin Citron green) this Mini is painted in 'Nissan Amarillo Yellow'.[26] The film also featured a second version of the Mini with exactly the same colour scheme but with left-hand drive, driven by the female character Sabine.[27]

The Mini reappears in Mr. Bean: The Animated Series under the registration STE 952R. In 2015, Mr. Bean returned in a sketch for Comic Relief (set at a funeral) in which he drives his Mini to attend it. This Mini bore the same registration as the one in the animated spin-off.[28]

The Reliant[edit]

Since the pilot episode, Mr. Bean has a long-running feud with the unseen driver of a light-blue 1972 Reliant Regal Supervan III (registration GRA 26K) which would usually get turned over, crashed out of its parking space and so forth by Bean in his Mini, who is usually oblivious to the results. These mishaps became a running gag throughout the series. In "Tee Off, Mr. Bean", Bean is hitchhiking and the Reliant pulls over for him but Bean, who recognizes the car, pretends to not see it until it leaves.

The Reliant reappears in Mr. Bean: The Animated Series under the registration 'DUW 742', again victimized by Mr. Bean in his Mini. In the episode "Young Bean", the identity of the Reliant driver is revealed for the first time (albeit shown in a flashback as a child). In the episode "Car Wars", the driver becomes fed up with years of abuse by Bean and finally decides to get his payback on Bean.

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 Irma Gobb (Matilda Ziegler) there are more characters in each episode. However several notable British actors and comedians appear alongside Atkinson in the series as various one-off supporting characters, including Owen Brenman, Richard Briers, Roger Sloman, Angus Deayton, Stephen Frost, Nick Hancock, Christopher Ryan, Paul Bown, Caroline Quentin, Danny La Rue, Roger Brierley, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Rupert Vansittart, David Battley, David Schneider, Richard Wilson and Rudolph Walker. Vansittart and Walker would later appear alongside Atkinson in The Thin Blue Line.[29]


All 15 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.


Mr. Bean originally aired in the United Kingdom on ITV from 1990 to 1995. Due to its popularity, the series aired in many other countries; in the United States, it aired on HBO starting on 2 April 1992 and also ran on PBS television stations across the U.S. Reruns of the series were also shown on Fox Family during the late 1990s.


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"[citation needed] (sung before the advertisement break)
  • "Pars secunda" – "Part two" (sung after the advertisement break and rarely)
  • "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 original 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.[30]

Mr. Bean appeared in the music video of a 1991 Comic Relief fundraising single by Hale and Pace titled "The Stonk".[31] Mr. Bean also appeared in the music video for Boyzone's single "Picture of You",[32] which was the main theme song for the first film adaptation.

Mr. Bean also made a Comic Relief record in 1992 titled "(I Want To Be) Elected" and was credited to 'Mr. Bean and Smear Campaign featuring Bruce Dickinson'. It was a cover of the Alice Cooper song of the same name and reached number 9 in the UK singles chart.[33]


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.[34] 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.[35]

In other media[edit]

Mr. Bean: The Animated Series[edit]

Seven years following the end of the original live-action series, Mr. Bean reappeared in an animated television series[36] with Rowan Atkinson reprising his role as the title character as well as providing references for all of Bean's animated actions. Much like the original live-action series, the animated spin-off contains little dialogue; although some words are spoken most is either little soundbites or mumbling. The series introduced a list of new characters alongside regulars in the original series (such as Teddy and Irma Gobb), including an unpleasant landlady of Mr. Bean named Mrs. Wicket and her evil one-eyed cat Scrapper. Other characters' voices are provided by Jon Glover, Rupert Degas, Gary Martin and Lorelei King.[37]

From 2002 to 2004, 52 episodes were originally broadcast on ITV1 each consisting of two 11-minute segments. In 2015, CITV commissioned a brand new series of episodes.[38] The new series amended the format in which it featured episodes that had much more dialogue than normal. 78 new episodes began broadcasting from 6 February 2015.

Feature films[edit]

Two theatrical feature-length films featuring Mr. Bean have been released with Atkinson reprising his role as the character in each. The first film Bean, was directed by Mel Smith, released in 1997 and followed the misadventures of Mr. Bean as he oversaw the transfer of Whistler's Mother to a Los Angeles art gallery. The film broke from the programme's traditional narrative by using a subplot with more developed characters whereby Bean was not the sole centre of attention but interacted with a suburban Californian family that he stays with during the film. The film grossed more than US$250 million globally ($45 million in the USA)[39] on a budget estimated at $18 million.[40]

The second film Mr. Bean's Holiday, was directed by Steve Bendelack, released in 2007 and followed Bean on an eventful journey across France for a holiday in the French Riviera which after a number of mishaps culminates in an unscheduled screening of his video diary at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival,[41] despite an earlier rumour in February 2001 stating that an unused script by Richard Curtis would see him on an Australian misadventure.[42] Production on the film occurred during 2006 and was first released in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2007; it premiered in North America on 17 July that year at the Just for Laughs festival in Canada where the character had been launched 20 years earlier[6] before being released nationwide over a month later on 24 August. The film is notable for featuring a mixture of traditional film filmography and home-shot video camera filmography. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film was commercially successful, grossing nearly US$230 million globally ($33 million in the United States) against a $25 million budget.[43] The second film was the last live-action appearance of the character,[44] until the 2012 London Olympics.

Top Funny Comedian: The Movie is a 2017 spin-off of a Chinese variety show of the same name; the plot involves a number of characters getting involved in a series of misadventures during a visit to Macau at the same time as Mr. Bean, a supporting character in the film.[45] One of the film's stars, comedian Guo Degang, informed media outlet The Beijinger that due to Atkinson being unable to speak Mandarin, the cast used mainly body language to speak to each other saying that "with facial expressions and gestures we seemed to understand each other, [it] was really an interesting experience, which proves that comedy can cross boundaries."[46] The film has only been released in Chinese territories, and has yet to receive an American or European release.[47]

London 2012 Olympic Summer Games opening ceremony[edit]

In 2012, Atkinson reprised his character for a live performance as part of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. In the scene, Mr. Bean works within the London Symphony Orchestra in its performance of "Chariots of Fire", conducted by Simon Rattle. For this scene, Bean does not wear his usual brown tweed sports jacket but the traditional clothing of the musician - white tie and tails. As they perform the piece, Bean is mostly 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 proud. He then sneezes in a comical fashion and tries to retrieve his handkerchief from his bag behind him, finding he cannot reach it while at the synthesizer until he uses an umbrella to maintain his performance. When he finally blows his nose with his serviette, he throws it 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, though Mr. Bean dreams he is running with them. He begins to fall behind, until he hails a car to overtake all the others. Now running in front, Bean ensures he wins the race on the beach by tripping one of the runners trying to overtake him, whereupon he crosses the line with elation, and then wakes up. Finding that the rest of the orchestra have stopped playing while he continued his one recurring note, Bean, with encouragement from Rattle, plays an extended flourish and lastly touches a note that makes a flatulent sound then stops.[48]


Two books tied-in to the original live-action series were released: 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 also called Mr. Bean's Diary was released in 2002 to accompany Mr. Bean: 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.

Comic Relief[edit]

A number of short sketches for the Comic Relief telethon have also been produced. The first three were included on a VHS titled "Comic Relief – Pick of the Nose", released in 1997 by BBC Video. "Mr. Bean's Wedding" was released on the DVD "Mr. Bean – The Complete Collection".

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1"Mr. Bean's Red Nose Day"[49]TBATBA15 March 1991 (1991-03-15)

In this sketch, Mr. Bean is at a police station because his Mini has been broken into. He wears a red nose and has other Red Nose Day items including a mug and a codpiece. He reveals to the policewoman (Matilda Ziegler), through the use of written signs that he is doing a sponsored silence, sponsored tea drinking, sponsored codpiece wearing and sponsored Madonna impression – presumably to raise money for Red Nose Day charities. When the policewoman is out of the room, Bean answers the phone but the caller hangs up since Bean hardly even speaks.

Bean then dons a blonde wig and upon the policewoman's return, reveals his sponsored Madonna impression. The policewoman proceeds to interview Bean about the robbery, which he answers in mime. The policewoman appears to enjoy herself as if playing a game of charades. After the interview, the policewoman asks until when Bean must stay silent. He has only two minutes remaining. She offers to sponsor him twenty pounds if he makes it through. The generous offer prompts him to respond with an excited "Oh, thank you!" thus breaking his silence.
2"Blind Date"TBATBA12 March 1993 (1993-03-12)
In this sketch, Mr. Bean is a contestant on the game show Blind Date hosted by Cilla Black where he does his best to upstage his fellow suitors Rob (Paul Opacic) and Roddy (Alan Cumming) and cheat his way through the show in order to get a date with a beautiful woman named Tracy (Barbara Durkin). He succeeds and in a sketch broadcast later in the telethon, their date is shown which plays out in true Bean style which while enjoyable for Bean it proves less enjoyable for Tracy and fatal for some members of the hotel staff.
3"Torvill & Bean"TBATBA17 March 1995 (1995-03-17)
The title is a play on the names of the famous British ice-skaters Torvill and Dean. In this sketch, Mr. Bean goes on a date with a woman to an ice skating show where he causes his usual havoc during a performance of "Show on Ice". He ends up posing as Christopher Dean when he accidentally knocks him out cold in his dressing room leaving Bean to take his place alongside Torvill on the skating rink. After a disastrous performance, Christopher goes on stage and vengefully punches Bean, also knocking him out. Unlike the previous sketches, this sketch contained no laugh track because it wasn't shown to a live audience.
4"Mr. Bean's Wedding"[50]TBATBA16 March 2007 (2007-03-16)

In this sketch, Mr. Bean attends a wedding where he causes his usual havoc. First, at the beginning of the ceremony he rushes down the aisle where the bride and her father are walking and in the process knocks the father down. Then, when the father attempts to take his seat, he finds that Bean is sitting in his spot and forces him to move along. As the priest starts the ceremony, Bean becomes bored, and also notices that all the men have flowers on their tuxedos. Wanting one, Bean attempts to pick a flower off of one of the decorations but ends up disrupting the ceremony when the whole decoration falls onto the ground. Despite this, he successfully gets the flower and puts it on his shirt. When the priest gets to the part where there are any objections to the marriage, Bean sneezes loudly and steals the tissue off of the bride's mother to blow his nose. The ceremony continues with Bean shushing a man and woman coughing and then the whole ceremony abruptly stops when Beans gift-wrapped alarm clock starts ringing continuously. Bean attempts to silence it by hiding it under his jacket but when this doesn't work, he frantically opens the box, accidentally hitting the mother with this hand and the father with the lid in the process to which he finally shuts it off.

The ceremony resumes with a choir boy singing, but Bean becomes so bored by this he falls asleep and starts snoring on the father's shoulder, but he suddenly wakes up when the song ends. When it is time for the bride and groom to exchange vows, Bean interrupts by repeating the first line that the groom was supposed to say. He then mocks the groom while he is repeating the rest of his vows. When it is the bride's turn to say her vows Bean distracts the cameraman by acting ridiculously to the lens. The priest then finally declares the two husband and wife, and when the two kiss Bean humorously covers his eyes.

At the ceremony's conclusion, the priest starts a prayer and when Bean discovers he doesn't have a kneeling mat to pray on, he steals the father's mat which causes his head to hit the floor hard. When the newly married couple walk down the aisle, the bride's father finally blows his top at Bean and attempts to attack him. As Bean backs away in fear, he accidentally steps on the back of the bride's wedding dress causing it to rip and fall off. Furious, the groom attempts to punch Bean, but he manages to evade every swing to which the groom ends up hitting the wedding sponsor, the priest and finally his new wife. As the horrified groom checks on her, Bean makes a run for the exit but quickly returns to give the alarm clock to the bride and gives her a thumbs up before heading out the church. The sketch also starred Alex MacQueen, Michelle Ryan, Matthew Macfadyen and David Haig.
5"Funeral"TBATBA13 March 2015 (2015-03-13)

In this sketch, Mr. Bean attends a funeral where he does his best to fit in. When a man next to Bean blows his nose, Bean does the same thing but blows loud. He also cries when people start to cry though in a weirder and greater level. When Bean see a man bowing to the coffin, kisses the wife and shaking the husband's hand, Bean does the same thing but he kisses the wife passionately and hugs the husband. A man pats the coffin, so Bean gently pats the coffin before patting the coffin again and pretends that the deceased is alive, before explaining that it was a joke. Before going back to his seat, Bean takes a selfie next to the coffin.

When he sees a girl putting a flower on the coffin and hugging the coffin, Bean decides to do it, but since he doesn't have a flower, he puts a bag of boiled sweets on the coffin, but when hugging it, he accidentally knocks it down but manages to fix it a little (with some help), but puts the word "love" to "vole". When he sees the wife cry, he goes to kiss her before being pulled away by the man.

When the priest says that the funeral is for a man named David, Bean realizes that he is at the wrong one and quickly drives to the chapel next door. After arriving there, he realizes that he left his boiled sweets at the other funeral and quickly crawls back to retrieve them. This sketch guest starred Ben Miller and Rebecca Front.

25th Anniversary[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1"Mr. Bean's 25th Anniversary: Mr Bean Drives His Car Again!"TBATBA5 September 2015 (2015-09-05) [51]

A sketch that appears only on YouTube.[51]

On Friday 4 September 2015,[52] Mr. Bean celebrates his 25th anniversary by driving alongside Teddy around London on the top of his Mini, recreating a famous scene from the episode Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean. He drove through St James’ Park, where he stopped for a selfie with the London Eye and bought an ice cream cone. He then careers down with a police escort to a halt outside Buckingham Palace where a pile of small presents and a large crowd of sightseers awaited. He was given a huge cake in the shape of the number '25’. Mr. Bean also gave some interviews and posed for pictures.[53]

Other appearances[edit]

Rowan Atkinson has appeared in character as Mr. 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
1Going Live!Amanda GabbitasTBA1991 (1991)
Mr. Bean answers questions about himself on the Saturday morning magazine show Going Live! with Phillip Schofield.
2Talkshowet (Danish)TBATBA8 September 1993 (8 September 1993)
Mr. Bean visits the Danish talk show "Talkshowet" to promote the release of Mr. Bean episodes on VHS. Since there is no recorder in the studio, he successfully builds one himself.[54]
3Blix från klar himmel (Swedish)TBATBA1 October 1993 (1 October 1993)
Mr. Bean visits the Swedish talk show "Blix Från Klar Himmel" to promote the release of Mr. Bean episodes on VHS. But as there is not a recorder in the studio he successfully builds one himself.[55]
4Rondo (Norsk)TBATBAOctober 1993 (October 1993)
Mr. Bean visits the Swedish talk show "Blix Från Klar Himmel" to promote the release of Mr. Bean episodes on VHS. Since there is no recorder in the studio, he successfully builds one himself.[56]
5Schmidteinander (German)TBATBA29 October 1994 (29 October 1994)
Mr. Bean visits the Norsk talk show "Rondo" to promote the release of Mr. Bean episodes on VHS. Since there is no recorder in the studio, he successfully builds one himself.[57]
6This MorningTBATBA1995 (1995)
Mr. Bean arrives at the Albert Dock car park in time for filming a special TV appearance but is unable to find a suitable space. He then finds a car (belonging to Richard and Judy) whose door is open and then moves the car backwards, inadvertently hurling it into the river. He then reverses his Mini into the car spot. He is then taken into the studio to be interviewed by the pair, where they realize what he has done. They then invite him into the This Morning kitchen, where he causes mayhem while trying to prepare his favourite meal.
7Late Night with Conan O'BrienTBATBA28 February 1996 (1996-02-28)[58]
Mr. Bean visits America and the American late-night talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien to promote the release of the new Mr. Bean VHS. Mr. Bean arrives in a convoy of 6 limousines, the first 5 carrying a single part of his suit. Mr. Bean himself arrives in the last limousine in his underwear and changes his clothes on the street. He arrives on the set with his Walkman on, not enthusiastic to talk. Finally taking the Walkman off, he talks about his visit to America and the difference between Great Britain and America. Host Conan O'Brien and Mr. Bean then have a competition to show the difference, with Mr. Bean obviously cheating. He mentiones that 555,000 copies of the VHS were sold in Germany the previous year and added this to his score.[51]
8The National Lottery DrawsTBATBA2 August 1997 (1997-08-02)[59]
Aired on BBC One's National Lottery Results show. Mr. Bean arrives at a studio where he informs the viewers that he is heading to the United States to star in his film about his adventures. He then introduces his creation which is used to select the exact balls on his lottery ticket but is refused the winnings by host Bob Monkhouse.
9Interview on Japanese televisionTBATBA1999 (1999)
Aired exclusively in Japan. Mr. Bean appears on Japanese television for an interview but instead of embracing the culture, he manages to embarrass himself by sticking chopsticks up his nose and falsely translating the Japanese language. He is then kicked off set for his tomfoolery and is told to never return to Japan.
10Blue Peter safety filmTBATBA2004 (2004)
Mr. 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 new series of DVDs starring himself.
11The Dame Edna TreatmentTBATBA17 March 2007 (2007-03-17)
Aired during the first episode of The Dame Edna Treatment. Mr. 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.
12Blue PeterMr. Bean's Holiday PromotionTBATBA21 March 2007 (2007-03-21)[60]
Aired during a 2007 episode of Blue Peter. Mr. 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.
132012 Summer Olympics Opening CeremonyTBATBA27 July 2012 (2012-07-27)

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.[61][62]

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.[63]
14Dragon TV Tonight 80's Talk ShowTBATBA14 September 2014 (2014-09-14)
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.[64]
15Top Funny Comedian: The MovieTBATBA2017 (2017)

Bean appeared in the Chinese film known as 《歡樂喜劇人》先行版電影預告片 郭德綱主演 (Top Funny Comedian: The Movie).[65] In this spin-off of a Chinese variety show of the same name, the plot involves a number of characters getting involved in a series of misadventures during a visit to Macau at the same time as Mr. Bean.

Mr. Bean also appeared at the premiere on 19 March 2017[66] and on 9 April 2017 in an episode of the series.[67]
16British Airways Safety Video: Director's Cut (2017)TBATBA18 July 2017 (18 July 2017)

This safety video from British Airways features celebrity personalities reading through the safety procedures and encouraging people to donate to Comic Relief by putting loose change in any currency into the Flying Start envelope.[68][69]

Mr. Bean (though without the suit, tie and brown hair) makes a cameo appearance at the end of the video, fumbling around his seat for loose change in order to make a donation to the airline’s Flying Start initiative.[70]

Music videos[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Released
1Hale and Pace, "The Stonk"TBATBA1991 (1991)
Mr. Bean is seen playing the drums in this music video to the official Comic Relief song for the 1991 telethon.
2Mr. Bean and Smear Campaign featuring Bruce Dickinson, "(I Want to Be) Elected"Paul WeilandTBA1992 (1992)
This music video was made to accompany the single that was released in support of Comic Relief and aired during the run-up to the 1992 general election. In this music video, Mr. Bean is seen standing 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. Bean 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 tells the man there to go away. Finally, Bean sneakily replaces the ballot box with another ballot box full of votes for him only to which as a result the other five running candidates receive a vote of zero while Bean receives more than 24,000 votes.
3Boyzone, "Picture of You"TBATBA1997 (1997)
Mr. Bean was featured in the music video for the song "Picture of You" by Boyzone which was the main theme for the first film adaptation of the series. In the video, the band arrives on a street and perform the song while dressed as lookalikes of Bean. When Bean arrives, he starts to cause havoc while the band performs.
4Matt Willis, "Crash"TBATBA2007 (2007)
Mr. Bean appeared in the music video for the song "Crash" which was used in Mr. Bean's Holiday.


# Product Directed by Written by Original broadcast
1REMA 1000TBATBA1994 (1994)
Mr. Bean appeared in three commercials for the Scandinavian supermarket chain in Norway. The first sees Mr. Bean walking around a REMA 1000 supermarket branch where he physically compares the products he has already bought from another store with those in the store.[71] 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 lollipop 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 but the child has already eaten it.[72] The third and final one sees Bean using a homemade contraption to scan for cheaper prices across the supermarket while annoying the customers.[73]
2M&M'sTBATBA1997 (1997)
Mr. 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. Bean then decides to pick Red up and bowl him like a bowling ball resulting in both a strike and a spare.[74]
3PolyGram Filmed EntertainmentTBATBA1997 (1997)[76]
Shown in theaters before the first film adaptation of the series, Mr. Bean appeared in a short introduction video from PolyGram Filmed Entertainment where the narrator showcases rules inside the theater where a hand of an off-screen person takes items banned from the theater such as cigarettes, alcoholic drinks, phones, appliances, etc. When Bean is last seen drinking an extra-large cup of soda and a huge tub of popcorn, the hand again appears but Bean angrily slaps it as the video ends.[75]
4FujifilmTBATBA1999 (1999)
Aired regularly during advert breaks on ITV during the summer of 1999. Mr. Bean goes to a photo shop in order to buy a new camera. When he gets home, he attempts 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.
5Nissan TinoTBATBA1999 (1999)
Aired exclusively in Japan. Mr. 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's a fantastic car.[77][78]
6SnickersDaniel KleinmanTBA4 October 2014 (2014-10-04)
This commercial was part of a series of Snickers commercials 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, Mr. Bean appears as the pre-Snickers alter-ego of a martial arts expert almost foiling a raid.[79]

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. These releases are unique in that they contain the original opening credits for the first three episodes, as seen when originally broadcast on television. In addition, they contain extra scenes which were edited into certain episodes at the request of PBS, in order to extend the runtime for a commercial-free airing. In Canada, Mr. Bean was released on VHS by Polygram Home Video. 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 was originally 52 minutes when broadcast on TV. However, it is 48 minutes on the UK DVD while only 40 on the American DVD. Most notably, in the UK version, the section detailing "The Tall Guy" has humorous clips from the film removed. The American DVD features the same edits as the British DVD but is also missing comments by Burt Reynolds on the set of Bean, comments by Jeff Goldblum, some clips from the show Mr. Bean and many others. The record-selling UK videos were withdrawn shortly before the release of Bean, and DVDs were released on an annual basis since 2004.

In August 2009, an official YouTube channel of the series was launched featuring content from the original live-action and animated spin-off.[80]

The series was 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. [81][82]


Title No. of episodes
The Amazing Adventures of Mr. Bean 2; "Mr. Bean" and "The Return of Mr. Bean"
The Exciting Escapades of Mr. Bean 2; "The Curse of Mr. Bean" and "Mr. Bean Goes to Town"
The Terrible Tales of Mr. Bean 2; "The Trouble with Mr. Bean" and "Mr. Bean Rides Again"
The Merry Mishaps of Mr. Bean 2; "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean" and "Mr. Bean in Room 426
The Perilous Pursuits of Mr. Bean 2; "Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean" and "Do-It-Yourself, Mr. Bean"
Unseen Bean 2; "Hair by Mr. Bean of London" and "Back to School, Mr. Bean"
The Final Frolics of Mr. Bean 2; "Tee Off, Mr. Bean" and "Goodnight, Mr. Bean"
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


Title No. of episodes Release date Notes
Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean 14 + 4 (special ep.) 29 April 2003 Region 1. Contains all 15 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 15 episodes
Mr. Bean — The Complete Collection 14 + 4 (special ep.) 28 November 2011 Contains all 15 episodes (Digitally Remastered) + Mr. Bean: The Animated Series episodes + two films.
Title No. of episodes Release date Notes
Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean: 1 3 1 November 2004 Episodes: Episode 1: Mr. Bean, Episode 2: The Return of Mr. Bean, Episode 14: Hair by Mr. Bean of London. Bonus Features: In the Pink, The Library.
Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean: 2 3 31 October 2005 Episodes: Episode 3: The Curse of Mr. Bean, Episode 4: Mr. Bean Goes to Town, Episode 5: The Trouble with Mr. Bean. Bonus Features: Royal Bean.
Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean: 3 3 13 November 2006 Episodes: Episode 10: Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean, Episode 8: Mr Bean in Room 426, Episode 6: Mr. Bean Rides Again. Bonus Features: Behind the scenes of Mr. Bean's Holiday.
Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean: 4 3 19 March 2007 Episodes: Episode 9: Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean, Episode 11: Back to School Mr. Bean, Episode 12: Tee Off, Mr. Bean. Bonus Features: Treasure!.
Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean: 5 2 12 November 2007 Episodes: Episode 7: Merry Christmas Mr. Bean, Episode 13: Goodnight Mr. Bean. Extra Features: 2007 Comic Relief Sketch, Art Thief, Scaredy Bean, Haircut.
Mr. Bean: Beantastic 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
Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean: The Complete Collection of the Classic TV Series (5 DVD Set) 14 18 November 2008 Contains: Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean: 1 and 2 (2 DVD Set), Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean: 3 and 4 (2 DVD Set) and Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean: 5.
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
Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean: Bean's Brilliant Boxset (Digitally Remastered 20th Anniversary Edition) 14 6 September 2010 Universal Pictures UK
Happy Birthday Mr. Bean 3 6 September 2010 Contains: The Restaurant from The Return of Mr. Bean, Birthday Bear (Animated Episode), The Disco from Mr. Bean Goes to Town, Dinner for Two (Animated Episode), The FunFair from Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean, The Restaurant (Animated Episode).
Merry Christmas Mr. Bean 1 1 November 2010 Episode 7: Merry Christmas Mr. Bean.
Holiday Havoc With Mr. Bean 9 Sketches 8 August 2011
Back to School Mr. Bean 3 4 August 2014 Contains: Episode 11 Back to School Mr. Bean, The Library, The Exam.
Mr. Bean: Funny Faces 2 4 May 2015

DVD re-release[edit]

Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean was re-released on 24 March 2015 on DVD digitally remastered to coincide with the series' 25th anniversary.[81]

In 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. For instance, then-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, was identified by Homer Simpson as "Mr. Bean" when his cartoon form greeted the Simpsons upon their arrival to the United Kingdom in an episode of the eponymous programme, allegedly demonstrating the stereotypical view of the British by Americans.[83]
  • Arthur Batchelor, one of the Royal Navy captives held by Iran during the 2007 Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel, stated that some of his captors had mocked him calling him "Mr. Bean".[84]
  • 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.
  • In 2007, Vincent Cable, the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats at the time, described the recent decline in Prime Minister Gordon Brown's fortunes as his "remarkable transformation in the last few weeks from Stalin to Mr. Bean".[85]
  • The former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is often mocked in his own country for his facial resemblance to Mr. Bean to which 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.[86]
  • Several of the visual jokes in the series have been used as experiments on the Discovery Channel series MythBusters. In episode 52 – "Mind Control", the idea of painting a room with explosives (fireworks or other) placed in a tin of paint, as seen in "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean", was tested and deemed impossible as adequate coverage was not achieved.[87]
  • An image of Mr. Bean grinning mischievously has been used as an internet meme for highlighting sexual double entendres, usually accompanied by the statement "If you know what I mean."[88]
  • Though Rowan Atkinson isn't typecast to characters like Mr. Bean, he has played similar characters in other works such as Enrico Pollini in the 2001 film Rat Race and Johnny English in the eponymous film series.
  • 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.[89]
  • In the video game Resident Evil 2, during the opening sequence in the streets of Raccoon City, Mr. Bean's British Leyland Mini 1000 can be seen parked against a barricade.
  • Mr. Bean has also been influential on later series, such as The World of Lee Evans.
  • Private Eye magazine in the UK, features a cartoon strip, The Adventures of Mr Milibean; in which the-then Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is drawn as Bean. Milliband was depicted as Bean by cartoonists.[90]
  • An image of Mr. Bean is employed on the cybercrime website "Mr. Bin."[91]

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