Happy Birthday Mr Bean

Happy Birthday Mr Bean


Ever since Mr Bean first landed on our screens from another planet 30 years ago, he has entranced the world. With his science-defying limbs and comic-strip solutions to daily dilemmas, the brown-suited buffoon became a TV, film and animated star, his elastic reach easily crossing language barriers.

In this birthday celebration, the famously retiring actor Rowan Atkinson, co-creator Richard Curtis and other collaborators shed light on the success of the character and the original show – only 14 episodes were ever made. And Sunday is quite the Beanfeast on ITV, with the 1997 film at 3.50pm and two episodes at 6.55pm and 7.25pm. Just don’t give him a turkey to stuff.


How the sitcom character - who featured in just 14 original episodes - has gone on to become a global superstar with an animated series and two top-grossing feature films. Rowan Atkinson's alter-ego has become an online phenomenon, with more than 110 million online fans and growing. This documentary features classic clips and interviews with Richard Curtis, Tony Robinson and Angus Deayton.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Rowan Atkinson
Contributor Richard Curtis
Contributor Tony Robinson
Contributor Angus Deayton
Contributor Sally Phillips
Contributor Denise Lewis
Director Iain Thompson
Executive Producer Tom Beattie
Executive Producer Damian Kavanagh
Executive Producer Katherine Senior
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Comedy Documentary