Mr. Bean (1990–1995)
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Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean 

While Christmas shopping, Mr Bean purchases a bulky string of tree lights before making a shambles of a department store toy section. He later manages to acquire a free turkey and Christmas... See full summary »

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John Birkin
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Rowan Atkinson ... Mr. Bean
Matilda Ziegler ... Irma Gobb
C.J. Allen C.J. Allen ... Santa outside Harrods
Owen Brenman ... Harrods Store Manager
John Warner John Warner ... Salvation Army Band Conductor
Lee Barrett Lee Barrett ... Pickpocket
Chris Sanders Chris Sanders ... Butcher
Jonathan Stratt Jonathan Stratt
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Storyline

While Christmas shopping, Mr Bean purchases a bulky string of tree lights before making a shambles of a department store toy section. He later manages to acquire a free turkey and Christmas tree, and attempts to conduct a Salvation Army band. Finally, during Christmas dinner, Bean has quite a surprise in store for his long-suffering girlfriend. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Family

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1992 (UK) See more »

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Tiger Television See more »
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Color
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Trivia

One of the toys Mr. Bean plays with is a Dalek from 'Doctor Who.' Rowan Atkinson would go on to play The Doctor in a Comic Relief special written by his Bean co-writer, Richard Curtis. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Bean loses his watch inside the turkey, but at one point while he has the turkey on his head (as he says "No, no thank you!") he is wearing his watch on his left wrist. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Bean: [crouching down by a mousehole in his flat] Merry Christmas.
[he takes a little piece of cheese out of the tiny stocking that he's hung up for the mice]
Mr. Bean: Oh, look!
[he then puts a mousetrap in front of the mousehole and sticks the cheese on it]
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Alternate Versions

In some international broadcasts (such as on HBO in the US) and on some home media releases (the Canadian VHS and 10th Anniversary Australian DVD) this episode included a scene where Mr. Bean wins a free turkey by sneaking a bathroom scale into the butcher shop to allow him to guess the weight. This is an added scene that did not appear in the original UK broadcasts. It was likely added to the HBO broadcast to lengthen the running time. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bean (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

God rest ye Merry, Gentlemen
The song that the trumpet band performs when Mr. Bean takes the baton
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Bean On Demand.
9 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Mr. Bean

Atkinson, as confessed, has been preparing for this role since the very beginning. What started as a time-filling sketch, it is quite an elevation considering what this character; more than the series, has achieved. Rowan Atkinson, the actor and more or less the creator of this global phenomenon, has previously worked in similar arenas in stages, miming, what basically could be considered as a stand up, his appearances have always been about the performance more than the content. And with a physical language that bars no boundaries, this global outreach actually comes with a never-ending clause.

Primarily, to Atkinson. Since he could always claim his throne and the blames could easily be passed upon. But filtering or criticizing themselves, the creators have only shot definite amount of these sketchy scenes, in order to maintain the quality. And so pure the material is, that even after decades later, it hasn't gotten rusty yet. And it presumably never will. Since none of these scenarios seem effortful or tedious to the audience, the depicted gags are actually a part of a common man's routine in his day-to-day life.

And looking at those activities with an eye of an anarchistic 9 year old boy, Atkinson has managed to embed his name among pioneers like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. But even something sensational as such, comes with few flaws. Lopping off the editing and execution of this series, the shift of these chapters into one typical sitcom can easily be seen. Running out of ideas and occasionally compromising to the commercial aspect of the fame (Christmas episode), the series loses the subtlety for a brief period. When the neck starts going towards the noose rather than the other way around, that is when Mr. Bean grows simpleton, in a sense that it relies upon nothing but the performer and its inspiringly absurd performance.

Merry Christmas Mr. Bean

Personally, I feel it's birth was more for commercial aspect or public demand or even compromising for the broadcasters, resulting still into gags that makes you laugh every now and then but definitely lacks the freedom of the original carefree attitude; the cookies is more sweet than it is crunchy.


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