|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||15 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Peter Bennett-Jones|
|Running time||26 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Tiger Aspect Productions|
|Original release||1 January 1990 – 15 December 1995|
|Followed by||Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie|
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. 14 of the episodes were broadcast on ITV, beginning with the pilot on 1 January 1990, until "The Best Bits of Mr. Bean", a compilation episode, on 15 December 1995. The fourteenth episode, "Hair by Mr. Bean of London", was not broadcast on television, until 25 August 2006 on Nickelodeon.
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. 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.
During its five-year run Mr. Bean attracted large TV audiences. It was viewed by as many as 18.74 million for the 1992 episode "The Trouble with Mr. Bean". 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, and two feature films, along with Atkinson reprising his role as Mr. Bean for a performance at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, commercials, and a number of sketches for Comic Relief.
- 1 Background and influences
- 2 Characters and recurring props
- 3 Episodes
- 4 Broadcasts
- 5 Music
- 6 Awards
- 7 Animated series and films
- 8 Other appearances
- 9 Home media
- 10 In popular culture
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Background and influences
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 performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in the early 1980s. A similar character called Robert Box, played by Atkinson himself, appeared in the one-off 1979 ITV sitcom Canned Laughter, which also featured routines used in the feature film in 1997.
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 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 co-ordinators 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.
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. Atkinson cited the earlier comedy character Monsieur Hulot, created by French comedian and director Jacques Tati, as an influence on the character. 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. 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." But in 2016 Atkinson said he would never retire playing the beloved Mr Bean.
Characters and recurring props
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.
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.
At the beginning of episode two onwards, as part of the opening credits, 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". In an episode of the animated series, "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.
In an interview in 2016, Atkinson stated that he would never retire the character.
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"; with his failure to do so resulting 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. Ziegler has also played a waitress, a mother and a policewoman.
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 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 windscreen of the replica of Mr. Bean's Mini that is on display at the National Motor Museum. 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
Mr. Bean's car, a citron green 1977 British Leyland Mini 1000 Mark 4 with a matte black bonnet, was central to several antics, such as Mr. 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 car used was 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. From then on, the car was a 1977 model (registration SLW 287R), Green in colour with a matte black bonnet. 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, 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 car. Although the Mini has been crushed, the car reappears in later episodes with the same colours and registration number (SLW 287R) as the car that has been crushed.
The cars used throughout the series also undergo minor noticeable changes as well; for episodes 5 and 6, Bean's mini appears with a lock beside the badge on the bonnet - presumably for use during the key scene at the beginning of episode 6. This car also features upholstery with a grey design and coloured stripes. Episodes 8 and 10 (the only two episodes filmed entirely on location and directed by Paul Weiland) show the car for the first time with 2 door mirrors (one plastic and one chrome), as well as a later Austin grille and Mark 4 tail lights - indicating the use of a different prop car for these two episodes. This car lacks the lock beside the badge too. The final incarnation of Bean's car is shown during episodes 9 and 11 to 14 (episodes all directed solely by John Birkin.) This car has 2 chrome door mirrors and a check pattern on the seats. It also returns to a standard plain black Mark 3 Mini grille and tail lights, and no lock on the bonnet.
After filming ended, one of the original Minis was sold to Kariker Kars to be hired for various events, whereupon 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 displayed for a while, later being sold on to a museum in the United States. One other is privately owned and nearing the end of a restoration in the south of England. A replica — the one used to promote the animated series — is on display at National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
The car was initially intended to feature as part of the film Bean (1997), under the registration C607 EUW, in which as part of a sequence, it was driven through Harrods Department Store by Mr. Bean. Although the sequence was filmed, it was not included in the final cut. The car eventually had its debut on the big-screen when it featured in the film Mr. Bean's Holiday, with the registration YGL 572T. The film featured a second version of the same car, with exactly the same colour scheme, but with left-hand drive, driven by the female character befriended by Bean.
When the sitcom was revived as an animated series, the Mini was given the same design as the live-action show, but with 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, which bore the same registration as the one in the animated series.
Starting with the first 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 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 victimised by Mr Bean in his Mini. In the animated series episode, "Young Bean", the identity of the Reliant driver is revealed for the first time (albeit shown in a flashback as a child). In an episode of the animated series entitled "Car Wars", the driver becomes fed up with years of abuse by Mr. Bean, and decides to get his payback on Bean.
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 Owen Brenman, 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.
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.
Mr. Bean originally aired in the UK on ITV from 1990 to 1995. Its popularity led the show to being aired in many other countries as well. The programme first aired in the United States on HBO starting on 2 April 1992, and also eventually ran on many PBS television stations across the country. Reruns were shown on Fox Family in 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" (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 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.
Mr. Bean appears in a music video made for the 1991 Comic Relief fund raising single by Hale and Pace called "The Stonk". Mr. Bean also appeared in the music video for Boyzone's single "Picture of You" in 1997. 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.
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. 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.
Animated series and films
In February 2001, Mr. Bean was revived to form part of an animated cartoon series, with Rowan Atkinson reprising his role as the title character providing references for all of Bean's animated actions. Much like the live-action series, the animated series features little dialogue; although some words are spoken, most is either little soundbites or mumbling. The cartoon introduced a list of new characters, alongside regulars in the live-action (such as Teddy, and Irma Gobb), including an unpleasant landlady of Mr. Bean, Mrs. Wicket, and her evil one-eyed cat, Scrapper. Other characters' voices are provided by Jon Glover, Rupert Degas, Gary Martin and Lorelei King.
Between 2002-2004, 63 episodes were broadcast, each consisting of 2 stories. In 2015, CITV commissioned a brand new series of episodes. The new series amended the format, in which some episodes featured stories where Bean had more dialogue than he normally did. 52 episodes were broadcast between 2015-2016.
Mr. Bean's Wacky World, 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 PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii.
Three films featuring Bean have been released, with Atkinson reprising his role as the character in each. The first film, Bean, was directed by Mel Smith and 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) on a budget estimated at $22 million.
The second film, Mr. Bean's Holiday, was announced to be in development in March 2005, and would see Mr. Bean going to France, despite an earlier rumour in February 2001 stating that unproduced script outline by screenwriter Richard Curtis would see him on an Australian misadventure. Work on the film occurred during 2006 and was directed by Steve Bendelack, with its 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, before being released nationwide over a month later on 24 August. 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. The film is notable for a mixture of traditional movie filmography, and home-shot video camera filmography. The film grossed nearly US$230 million globally ($33 million in the United States). The second film was the last live-action appearance of the character, 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, as the same time as Mr. Bean, a supporting character in the film. 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." The film has only been released in Chinese territories, and has yet to receive an American or European release.
London 2012 Olympic Summer Games opening ceremony
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 synthesiser, 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.
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, also called Mr. Bean's Diary[clarification needed] was released in 2002 to accompany the animated series; this book was also graded as a children's reader.
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.
A number of short sketches for the Comic Relief telethon have also been produced. The first three were included on a VHS release entitled "Comic Relief – Pick of the Nose", released in 1997 on BBC Video. "Mr Bean's Wedding" was released on the DVD release "Mr. Bean – The Complete Collection".
|#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original airdate|
|1||"Mr. Bean's Red Nose Day"||Unknown||Unknown||15 March 1991|
Bean is in a police station because his car has been broken into. He wears a red nose and has other red nose 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!" – breaking his silence.
|2||"Blind Date"||Unknown||Unknown||12 March 1993|
|Bean is a contestant on 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 the beautiful Tracy (Barbara Durkin). He succeeds and in a sketch broadcast later in the telethon we see their date which plays out in true Bean style which, while enjoyable for him, proves less enjoyable for Tracy and fatal for some members of the hotel staff.|
|3||"Torvill & Bean"||Unknown||Unknown||17 March 1995|
|The title is a play on the names of Torvill and Dean famous British ice-skaters. Mr. Bean goes on a date with a woman to an ice skating show, where he wreaks his usual havoc when he attends 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 Mr. Bean to take his place alongside Torvill on the skating rink. After a disastrous performance, Christopher goes on stage and punches Mr. Bean, knocking him out. This sketch contains no laugh track, since it was not shown to a live audience.|
|4||"Mr Bean's Wedding"||Unknown||Unknown||16 March 2007|
Bean causes chaos at a wedding he is attending. 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, and finally shuts it off. By this point, everyone is becoming annoyed of Bean and his behaviour, especially the father.
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 & 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, and 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. He gives her a thumbs up before running out the church. The sketch also starred Alex MacQueen, Michelle Ryan, Matthew Macfadyen and David Haig.
|5||"Mr. Bean: Funeral"||Unknown||Unknown||13 March 2015|
Mr. Bean returned in a sketch for Comic Relief to celebrate his 25th anniversary. In the sketch, older Bean attends a funeral and 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. 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 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 lollies 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 lollies at the other funeral and quickly crawls back to retrieve them. This sketch guest starred Ben Miller and Rebecca Front.
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||TBA||1991|
|Mr. Bean answers question about himself on the Saturday morning magazine show Going Live! with Phillip Schofield.|
|2||Talkshowet(Danish)||TBA||TBA||8 September 1993|
|Mr. Bean visits the Danish talk show "Talkshowet" 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.|
|3||Blix från klar himmel(Swedish)||TBA||TBA||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.|
|Mr. Bean visits the Norsk talk show "Rondo" 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.|
|5||Schmidteinander(German)||TBA||TBA||29 October 1994|
|Mr. Bean visits the German comedy show Schmidteinander to promote the release of the new Mr. Bean VHS.|
|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 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 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.|
|7||The National Lottery Draws||TBA||TBA||2 August 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.|
|8||an Interview on Japanese television||TBA||TBA||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.|
|9||Blue Peter Safety film||TBA||TBA||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.|
|10||The Dame Edna Treatment||TBA||TBA||17 March 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.|
|11||Blue Peter – Mr. Bean's Holiday Promotion||TBA||TBA||21 March 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.|
|12||2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony||TBA||TBA||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.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.
|13||Dragon TV Tonight 80's Talk Show||TBA||TBA||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.|
|14||Top Funny Comedian: The Movie||TBA||TBA||2017|
Bean appearred 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). 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, as the same time as Mr. Bean.Mr. Bean also appeared at the premiere on 19 March 2017 and on 09 April 2017 in an episode of the show
|15||British Airways Safety Video: Director's Cut (2017)||TBA||TBA||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.Mr. Bean(though without the suit, tie and brown hair) makes an cameo appearance at the end of the video, fumbling around his seat for loose change to make a donation to the airline’s Flying Start initiative 
|#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Released|
|1||Hale and Pace, "The Stonk"||TBA||TBA||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||TBA||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"||TBA||TBA||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"||TBA||TBA||2007|
|Official music video of Matt Willis's version of the song "Crash" originally performed by The Primitives first broadcast on Popworld in 2007; used in Mr. Bean's Holiday|
|#||Product||Directed by||Written by||Original broadcast|
|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. A second features Bean at the till but he does not 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 does not 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. A third sees Bean using a home made contraption to scan for cheaper prices while annoying the customers.|
|Aired regularly during advert breaks on ITV during the summer of 1997. 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|5||Snickers||Daniel Kleinman||TBA||9 October 2014|
|One in a series of Snickers adverts where the protagonist does not 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.|
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 as of 2004.
In August 2009 an official YouTube channel was launched featuring content from the live action and animated series.
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. 
|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 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.|
|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|
Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean was re-released on 24 March 2015 on DVD digitally re-mastered to coincide with the series' 25th anniversary.
In popular culture
- 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 upon their arrival to the United Kingdom in an episode of the eponymous programme, allegedly demonstrating the stereotypical view of the British by Americans.
- Arthur Batchelor, one of the Royal Navy captives held by Iran during the 2007 Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel, has stated that some of his captors had mocked him calling him "Mr. Bean".
- 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".
- 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.
- 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 tin of paint, as in the episode "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean", was tested and deemed impossible, as adequate coverage was not achieved.
- An image of Mr. Bean has also been used as an internet meme usually accompanied by the statement, "If you know what I mean."
- 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.
- 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.
- Rowan Atkinson reprised his role of Bean at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics during "Chariots of Fire" with the London Symphony Orchestra.
- The image of Mr. Bean is employed on the cybercrime website "Mr. Bin."
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