Rowan Atkinson Celebrates 25 Years of “Mr. Bean”

Rowan Atkinson
Photo Courtesy: The Daily Mail

LONDON, ENGLAND – September 4, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – Rowan Atkinson made an appearance near Buckingham Palace while perched on top of a 1976 British Leyland Mini 1000 to celebrate the silver anniversary of his alter ego.

“Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Atkinson and Richard Curtis, and starring Atkinson in the title role. Atkinson co-wrote all fifteen episodes with either Curtis, Robin Driscoll, or both, with Ben Elton co-writing the pilot.

Thirteen of the episodes were broadcast on ITV, from the pilot on 1 January 1990, until “Goodnight Mr. Bean” on 31 October 1995.

A clip show, “The Best Bits of Mr. Bean“, was broadcast on 15 December 1995, and one episode, “Hair by Mr. Bean of London“, was not broadcast until 2006 on Nickelodeon.

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 humor 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.

Atkinson is in talks now to return to and update “Mr. Bean” as well has his other British sit-com “The Black Adder.”



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