MR BEAN 25 BITS AND BOBS IN 25 YEARS
1. The 14 half hour live action programmes have sold to over 190 countries worldwide
2. The original television series has been in continual distribution worldwide for 25 years.
3. Both the Live and Animated Mr Bean TV series are currently in distribution in over 80 territories worldwide.
4. Worldwide video sales have exceeded 35 million units.
5. Video/DVDs of Mr Bean have been in continual distribution worldwide for 24 years.
6. Mr Bean DVDs are currently available in over 40 territories around the world
7. Mr Bean – The Ultimate Disaster Movie was released in 1997
8. The first Bean movie is one of the highest grossing UK films taking $255million worldwide.
9. Mr Bean’s Holiday was released ten years later in 2007, in 65 countries worldwide taking $240 million worldwide.
10. Mr Bean’s Holiday once again broke many box office records internationally, reaching $100m after 20 days and achieving 39 No. 1 openings
11. In 2002 the character was transformed into an Animated series of 26 half hour episodes.
12. The Animated Series has been in continual distribution for 12 years.
13. 12 years later in 2014 a second Animated series is produced.
14. Mr Bean has become known all over the world.
15. Average monthly views of Mr Bean clips on You Tube exceed 175 million views.
16. The Mr Bean Facebook page has grown to over 60 million fans in 5 years.
17. Mr Bean’s Holiday Mr Bean’s Diary, published by Boxtree in 1993, achieved more than one million sales and reached No. 1 in publishing bestseller charts.
18. Mr Bean is the winner of the International Emmy in Popular Art Category, Golden Rose of Montreux, Cable Ace Award, BANFF Award and has never received an award in the UK!
19. A UK audience of 19 million viewers tuned in for the Merry Christmas Mr Bean episode in 1992.
20. Mr Bean has been shown on more than 100 airlines
21. Mr Bean was the creation of Rowan Atkinson and his comedy partner Richard Curtis who met in 1976 at Oxford University.
22. Mr Bean was christened in 1989 although Rowan Atkinson says he has been developing the character for most of his life.
23. In 1989 after the consideration of a long list of vegetables, the man was given the name Mr Bean.
24. The original series emerged from Rowan Atkinson’s stage revues of the 1980’s which featured the silent oddball. Rowan Atkinson’s comic acting genius has created a highly original work for television.
25. There were only 14 episodes ever made of the original series.