Characters and recurring props
The title character, played by Rowan Atkinson, is a childish buffoon who brings various unusual schemes and contrivances to everyday tasks. He lives alone in the address of Flat 2, 12 Arbour Road, Highbury, and is more often than not noticed in his trademark tweed jacket plus a skinny red tie. He also usually wears searching for calculator watch. Mr. Bean rarely speaks, so when he does, it’s generally just one or two mumbled words that happen to be inside a comically low-pitched voice. His first name (he names himself “Bean” to other people) and profession, if any, should never be mentioned. From the first film adaptation, “Mr.” appears on his passport within the “first name” field, and the man is shown employed as a guard at London’s National Gallery.
Mr. Bean often seems unaware of basic elements of how the world works, as well as the programme usually features his attempts at what might normally be considered simple tasks, such as floating around, employing a tv, redecorating, or gonna church. The humour largely originates from his original (and quite often absurd) solutions to problems and his awesome total disregard for some individuals when solving them, his pettiness, and occasional malevolence.
At the outset of episode two onwards, Mr. Bean falls in the sky in the beam of light, 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 show his status just as one “ordinary man cast into the spotlight”. However, later episodes showed Mr. Bean dropping from your night sky in a deserted London street contrary to the backdrop of St Paul’s Cathedral. After episodes three and six he’s also shown being sucked right back up in to the sky in 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”. Inside the animated series (episode, “Double Trouble”) he or she is taken in a very spacecraft with “aliens” who look much like him and even their very own plushy toys. In a obvious homage, the aliens send him back home within a laser beam and music similar to the opening from the original Mr. Bean series. Whether Bean is surely an extraterrestrial isn’t clear.