Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger Aspect and starring Atkinson as the title character.it is a comedy cartoon tv channel show. The series was originally broadcast on ITV, beginning with the pilot on 1 January 1990 and ending with “The Best Bits of Mr. Bean” on 15 December 1995.
Mr. Bean is a British sitcom and comedy show. It is about a man who lives in London and has problems and finds unusual ways to solve them. It is physical humour and has less dialogue than is usual for a sitcom. It has fourteen 25-minute episodes. All of them were written by and star Rowan Atkinson as the main character. Different episodes were also written by Robin Driscoll, Richard Curtis and one by Ben Elton. The first episode was shown on ITV on 1 January 1990. The last television episode, “Goodnight Mr. Bean” broadcast on 31 October 1995. The final episode, “Hair by Mr. Bean of London”, was a video released on 15 November 1995, but not shown in the United Kingdom until 2006.
|Based on||Mr. Bean|
by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis
|Voices of||Rowan Atkinson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||5|
|No. of episodes||130|
Mr.bean Animation Production Team
|Executive producers||Rowan AtkinsonKatherine Senior|
Peter Bennett-Jones (series 1)
Christopher Skala (series 1)
|Producers||Claudia Lloyd (series 1)Tom Beattie (series 1)|
|Editors||Mark Edwards (series 1)|
Thomas Ernst (series 1)
Graham Silcock (series 1)
Luke Robinson (series 1)
Richard Curtis (series 2)
|Running time||11 minutes|
|Production companies||Tiger Aspect Productions|
Varga Holdings (series 1)
Richard Purdum Productions (series 1)
|Distributor||FremantleMedia Enterprises (Series 1–3)|
Endemol Shine Worldwide Distribution (Series 4–5)
Mr.bean Original title card
Based on a character originally developed by Atkinson while he was studying for his master’s degree at 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.
During its original five-year run, Mr. Bean met with widespread acclaim and attracted large television audiences.
The series was viewed by 18.74 million viewers for the episode “The Trouble with Mr. Bean” and has received a number of international awards, including the Rose d’Or.
Besides the acclaim of the show, another reason for the show’s appeal in hundreds of territories worldwide is that the show uses very little intelligible dialogue, making it very accessible to people who know little or no English.
Main character: Mr bean
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.
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.
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.
Teddy is Mr. Bean’s teddy bear and, apparently, best friend. This 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: he always buys it a Christmas present or tries not to wake it up in the morning. 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.
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.
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 driver’s door and the seat covers.
Since the pilot episode, Mr. Bean has had 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 also 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”, after being abused by Mr. Bean for many years, the driver becomes angry and fed up, and decides to get his revenge by giving him a taste of his medicine.
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.