29 Facts About Mr Bean


Mr Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger Aspect and starring Atkinson as the title character.

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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.

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Stylistically, Mr Bean is similar to early silent films, relying purely upon physical comedy with Mr Bean speaking very little dialogue .

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Mr Bean rarely speaks, and when he does, it is generally only a few mumbled words which are in a comically low-pitched voice.

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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.

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However, later episodes showed Mr Bean dropping from the night sky in a deserted London street against the backdrop of St Paul's Cathedral.

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Mr Bean's is treated relatively inconsiderately by Bean, who appears to regard her more as a friend and companion rather than as a love interest.

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However, he does become jealous when she dances with another man at a disco in "Mr Bean Goes to Town", and she certainly expects him to propose to her on Christmas Day in "Merry Christmas, Mr Bean"; his failure to do so results in her leaving him for good.

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In 2015, Mr Bean returned in a sketch for Comic Relief in which he drives his Mini to attend a funeral.

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Since the pilot episode, Mr Bean has had a long-running feud with the unseen driver of a three-wheeled, light-blue 1972 Reliant Regal Supervan III, 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.

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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.

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Mr Bean originally aired in the United Kingdom on ITV from 1990 to 1995, with reruns later shown on Comedy Central Extra, ITV3 and ITV4.

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In Indonesia, Mr Bean aired on SCTV in the mid-1990s, Trans TV in 2002, Trans7 in 2010, and MNCTV in 2016, next in 2018 and at the time Eid al-Fitr in 2020, SCTV returned to air the series.

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The first episode of Mr Bean did not feature the choral theme tune, but instead an up-beat instrumental piece composed by Goodall, which was more an incidental tune than a theme.

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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.

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Mr Bean appeared in the music video of a 1991 fundraising single for Comic Relief, fronted by Hale and Pace, entitled "The Stonk".

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Mr Bean appeared in the music video for the Boyzone single "Picture of You", which was the main theme song for the first film adaptation.

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Mr Bean made a Comic Relief record in 1992, entitled " Elected" and which was credited to 'Mr Bean and Smear Campaign featuring Bruce Dickinson'.

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Seven years following the end of the original live-action series, Mr Bean reappeared in an animated television series with Rowan Atkinson reprising his role as the title character as well as providing references for all of Bean's animated actions.

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The series introduced a list of new characters alongside regulars in the original series, including an unpleasant landlady of Mr Bean named Mrs Wicket and her evil one-eyed cat Scrapper.

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Two theatrical feature-length films featuring Mr Bean have been released, with Atkinson reprising his role as the character in each.

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The film broke from the programme's traditional narrative by using a subplot with more developed characters, whereby Mr Bean was not the sole centre of attention but interacted with a suburban Californian family that he stays with during the film.

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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 to which, after a number of mishaps, culminates in an unscheduled screening of his video diary at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, despite an earlier rumour in February 2001 stating that an unused script by Richard Curtis would see him on an Australian misadventure.

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Mr Bean's Holiday was originally the last live-action appearance of the character, before reappearing at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony five years later.

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Mr Bean begins to fall behind, until he hails a car to overtake all the others.

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An additional book called Mr Bean's Diary was released in 2002 to accompany Mr Bean: The Animated Series; this book was graded as a children's reader.

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In Canada and the United States, Mr Bean was released on VHS by Polygram Home Video in the 1990s.

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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 television.

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Various politicians have been mocked for a supposed facial resemblance to Mr Bean, including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Ed Miliband.

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