Mr Bean - Spies in the shower

MR. Bean

Characters and recurring props

The title character, played by Rowan Atkinson, is really a childish buffoon who brings various unusual schemes and contrivances to everyday tasks. He lives alone with the address of Flat 2, 12 Arbour Road, Highbury, and is more often than not affecting his trademark tweed jacket and a skinny red tie. Younger crowd usually wears an electronic calculator watch. Mr. Bean rarely speaks, then when he is doing, it's generally just a few mumbled words which can be inside a comically low-pitched voice. His first name (he names himself "Bean" to other people) and profession, if any, will never be mentioned. Within the first film adaptation, "Mr." appears on his passport from the "first name" field, and he is shown employed as a guard at London's National Gallery.

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Mr. Bean often seems unacquainted with basic facets of how a world works, as well as the programme usually features his attempts at what would normally be looked at simple tasks, like going swimming, utilizing a tv set, redecorating, or planning to church. The humour largely emanates from his original (and frequently absurd) ways of problems and his awesome total disregard for others when solving them, his pettiness, and occasional malevolence.

At the outset of episode two onwards, Mr. Bean falls through the sky within a laser beam, that has a choir singing Ecce homo qui peut rrrtre faba ("Behold the man that's 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 indicate his status as a possible "ordinary man cast into the spotlight". However, later episodes showed Mr. Bean dropping from your night sky in the deserted London street contrary to the backdrop of St Paul's Cathedral. After episodes three and six he's also shown being sucked back up in the sky within the respective background objects (black scene in episode 3 and street scene in episode 6). Atkinson has acknowledged that Bean "has a slightly alien aspect to him". Within the animated series (episode, "Double Trouble") he or she is taken inside a spacecraft with "aliens" who look just like him and also their very own plushy toys. In an obvious homage, the aliens send him home in a beam of light and music similar to the opening from the original Mr. Bean series. Whether Bean can be an extraterrestrial isn't clear.

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