This is the current list of British
comedian Rowan Atkinson's appearances on
Video/Audio and books related to Rowan Atkinson. I've been enjoying
Rowan Atkinson's work since seeing the great Not the Nine O'Clock
shows in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and have been happy to catch most of the stuff
listed on this page.
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Roderick Begbie, Philip Sainty, Davina Gray, Lee Whiteside, Andy
Burnett, Hank Heijink, Elisabeth Riba, Dean Adams, Paul Hoskings,
Patrick Bronson, Marie Fleming, Gertjan van Oosten, Christopher Webster,
Russell Street, Michael Parks, Jonathan Bowen, Brian Johnson, Kristian
Pederson, Annie Sattler, Denise Jackson, Kristyn Gonnerman, Joav
Grimstvedt, John Lavalie, Geert van Buul, Mathew Lodge, Mike Godfrey,
Tor Holter, Adrian Procter, Petrea Mitchell, Kerry Sainsbury,
John Christovassilis, Katherine Little, Kenneth Aastroem, Leonardo
Rescic, Jason Lane, P. Clark, Patricia Renaux, Steve Tanenbaum,
Kim Bjarkman, Mike Quallet.
10 min approx.
An interview obviously sourced from the
Australian edition of 60 Minutes because the
interviewer was Mike Willesee.
I got a strong impression that TV New Zealand
chopped it up badly (they started to mention his
affection for cars, cut to a commerical, and
returned to finish the program!). It was utterly
disappointing ant revealed nothing other than
opulence of Rowan Atkinson's home.
10 min approx.
1993. TV Interview for Australian 60 minutes.
Charles Wooley interviews RA about Mr Bean,
facial expressions and driving large trucks.
Includes small clips of Mr Bean, Blackadder, and
Rowan Atkinson Live.
A Bit of Fry & Laurie
5 min approx. April 13, 1990.
Atkinson made an apperance in the "memorial"
for Laurie after Fry killed him for his song:
"Where is the Lid?"
Interview with Atkinson, 1989.
January 1990 AIDS benefit concert with Rowan
Atkinson, Steven Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Adrian
Alive and Kicking
5 min approx.
BBC children's program. Sometime in November
1993, Mr. Bean visited the studios. He wants
the teamto show some footage from his new tape
(merry Mishaps), but they claim that they don't
have any video-recorders. Bean then decides to
build one himself in the studio. Quite funny.
He does some cameo-appearances, sitting in the
background with his fingers in his ears when
Right Said Fred is playing music, etc.. He
talks quite a lot in this one, which is strange
to say the least.
60 min approx.
1991. Thames Video (TV8134).
Includes "Mr. Bean," "The Return of Mr. Bean,"
and "The Library"
Appointments of Dennis Jennings
30 min approx.
Starring comic Steven Wright, with Rowan
Atkinson, 1989. Won the Academy Award for
best film short.
1991-1997. 17 ads, shown on TV in the UK. Atkinson
acts as an inept British secret service official, Latham,
along with his more efficient colleague Bough. These ads have appeared on AdFilms' Worlds Best Commercials videos from 1991 through 1997.
BBC Rowan Atkinson Live in Boston
BBC version of HBO comedy hour.
25 minutes. Behind the scenes at the series "Mr Bean." Featured:
interviews with star and co-writer Rowan Atkinson, and his writing
partner Richard Curtis.
90 min approx.
1991, Rowan Atkinson plays Bernard's cruel
hearted boss and fires him, accuses him of
stealing and of sexual harrassment and
generally ruins Bernard's life. Bernard
finds the genie and with his help turns things
around and turns the tables on Rowan Atkinson's
1998. Includes These Classic Mr. Bean Episodes: Mr. Bean At The Dentist, Mr. Bean Helps A
Street Performer, Mr. Bean's Christmas With The Turkey On His Head, Mr. Bean In Terror
On The High Diving Board, Mr. Bean Gets Out Of A Parking Garage, Mr. Bean Packs For His
Holiday, Mr. Bean Drives His Mini From An Armchair On The Roof, Mr. Bean Can't Stay
Awake In Church, Mr. Bean Meets The Queen In a Royal Line-up, Mr. Bean Takes An
Exam, Mr. Bean's Mini Is Destroyed
? Theatrical Trailers from "Bean the Movie"
35 min each.
1983, Edmund is the younger son of King Richard
IV set in the middle ages 1485-1495. Six
episodes: The Fortelling, The Queen of Spain's
Beard, The Archbishop, Born to be King,
Witchsmeller Pursuivant, and The Black Seal.
35 min each.
1987, Edmund Blackadder is a butler to the
Prince Regent 1760-1815. Six episodes: Dish and
Dishonesty, Ink and Incapability, Nob and
Nobility, Sense and Senility, Amy and
Amiability, and Duel and Duality.
35 min each.
1989, Edmund Blackadder is a Captain in the
trenches along the Western Front in 1917 during
World War I. Six episodes: Captain Cook,
Corporal Punishement, Major Star, Private Plane,
General Hospital, and Goodbyeee.
It completely lives up to its name. In addition to the four entire series, it also contains Black Adder Back & Forth, Black Adder: The Cavalier Years, Black Adder's Christmas Carol, interviews, and more. It is pricey but definitely worth it!
Black Adder Gift Set 8-Pack: The Complete Black Adder
Collection of the Black Adder, Black Adder II, Black Adder
III, and Black Adder Goes Forth episodes.
30 min. 1999. Blackadder movie shown hourly in
the UK Millenium Dome all through the year 2000
as part of the Millenium Celebration.
The film's action starts in December 1999 when Blackadder and Baldrick
accidentally set off on a chaotic journey through time in Baldrick's
home-made time machine. As they try to operate the temperamental
controls to get back home in time for the new millennium, they visit key
moments in British history wreaking havoc along the way. Alongside
Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, the cast features UK and
international stars from the worlds of comedy, sport and film (Miranda Richardson, Tim McInnerny, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Rik Mayall, Colin Firth, Kate Moss, Patsy Byrne, Simon Russell Beale, Jenny Bond, Crispin Harri).
Black Adder: The Cavalier Years
1987. Part of a BBC Comic Relief Telethon. Set in
the time of King Charles (1648).
1979. Atkinson plays three parts:
3rd rate comedian Dave Perry who has a
booking in a swish restaurant.
Clumsy office clerk Robert Box and his mean
boss. Trying to get a date with his
colleague, Robert succeeds in getting the
date and they go to the restaurant where
Comic Relief (U.K.) Behind the Nose special
1993. Blind Date is the UK's equivalent of
"The Love Connection" and is chronically
embarassing. The Mr. Bean spoof involved
him peering over the screen to see the
girl and answering the questions honestly,
but the "audience" thought he was joking, so
cheered and clapped him. The girl picked him
and didn't look too thrilled. Part 2 was him
on their blind date being revolting and him
believing that it was a great date.
BBC Worldwide Publishing (BBCV6910). Comic Relief: Rude For A
Reason: Dear Lord We ask you
to bless this comic variety show
here tonight. May it be by turn
both amusing and moving
....With this thoughtful prayer,
the Vicar of Brixton (AKA Rowan
Atkinson) blessed a very special
night featuring our leading
comedy acts and performers.
Just some of those who agreed
to be funny on this rude
evening, were: Lee and Herring,
David Baddiel, Steve Coogan as
Paul Calf, Lenny Henry, League
of Gentlemen, Smack the Pony,
Goodness Gracious Me, Matt
Lucas as Sir Bernard Chumley,
Simon Day as Bill Bleach, Ali
Gand throughout, Tim
McInnerney introduces a naked
man (or two, or three ... or
woman ... or women even ... ) So, laugh until your until your clothes fall off and be rude - for a very good reason: Comic Relief.
The Complete Mr. Bean
363 min. 1999. Thames Video (TV8279).
Bean is back... with his complete collection in one box set. He's bigger. He's funnier. And
he's now even more frustrating and annoying than ever before... because, for the very
first time, VCI has put the entire Mr Bean collection in one unmissable box set.
The Complete Mr. Bean: Volume 1
190 min. 1997. Thames Video (TV8263).
This video is half of everything Mr. Bean has ever done for television. It's extremely long
and packed full of very funny things. Remember when Mr. Bean was set to have a lovely
day at the fair and suddenly this baby appeared from nowhere?! What about that
disgraceful demonstration at the 'life' art class, poor Mr. Bean didn't know what to do and
what about when Irma came over to celebrate Christmas and Mr. Bean literally put the
turkey on? In fact, this video is so packed full of fun, it might explode!
TV programs featured in this video are The Bus Stop, Mr. Bean, The Curse of Mr. Bean,
Merry Christmas Mr. Bean, Mind The Baby Mr. Bean, Back To School Mr. Bean and
Goodnight Mr. Bean.
The Complete Mr. Bean: Volume 2
190 min. 1997. Thames Video (TV8264).
This is a very long video and it's the other half of everything else Mr. Bean has made for
television. It's packed full of nice things. Remember when Mr. Bean had a marvellous time
at the hairdressers, and what about that embarrassing and somewhat chilly incident
outside Room 426, and that New Year's Eve Party where Mr. Bean's idea of a fantastic
spread consisted of a twiglet and a glass of white wine vinegar each?! In fact, this video
is so full of hilarious, nice things, it might explode!
TV programs featured on this video are The Library, The Return of Mr. Bean, Mr. Bean
Goes To Town, Mr. Bean Rides Again, Mr. Bean In Room 426, Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean, Tee
Off Mr. Bean and Hair By Mr. Bean of London.
Dead on Time
1980, Atkinson plays Bernard Fripp, a man told that he has
only 30 minutes to live.
10 minutes approx. On ITV on December 8, 1993 (as Mr. Bean).
61 min. 1999, A special Doctor Who/Comic Relief compilation including the
two-part spoof made for this year's charity night (The Curse of
Fatal Death - running time 20 mins approx) starring Rowan
Atkinson with Jonathan Pryce, Julia Sawalha, Joanna Lumley,
Richard E Grant, Hugh Grant and Jim Broadbent. Also includes
behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the spoof which will
make this a 'must-buy' title for all Doctor Who fans (30 mins approx). Plus Doctor Who
sketches by Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry and a never seen before sketch by French
and Saunders (recorded in 1987 but never transmitted).
This offbeat documentary is Atkinson's way of
coming to grips with his automotive obsession.
He seeks insight from therapists, used-car
dealers, police, environmentalists, even a
cabbie who terrorizes half of London.
"Tee Off, Mr. Bean" and
"Goodnight, Mr. Bean"
The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money
115 min. 1996. An examination of the evolution of commericals as an artistic medium, featuring
interviews with media luminaries who relate how the in-your-face stylistic
conventions of commercials have influenced feature films and the visual arts.
Heroes & Villains;
Episode name: Full Throttle. Rowan's character: Sir Henry "Tim" Birkin, famous car racer. Story: About "Tim's"
life and career(?). Recorded: 1995 (not really sure). On swedish television: 1996. Running time : 58 min. By BBC.
1980, BBC charity concert for Mencap, directed
by Mel Smith, featuring many British comics
and music acts.
1992, A series about comedy. The first
episode of the series (the only one in which
Rowan Atkinson appeared) was called "Visual
Comedy, a lecture by Rowan Atkinson M.Sc.
(Oxon.)". It also featured Atkinson as physical
comedian Kevin Bartholomew, demonstrating bits
of the lecture. Shown on PBS and Showtime as
Good Morning America
Approx 5 minutes. July 20, 1989. Interview. They talked about
Blackadder and Not the Nine O'Clock News, and
how it inspired HBO's Not Necessarily the News.
HBO Comedy Hour - Rowan Atkinson
1992, Rowan Atkinson doing various sketches.
see "Rowan Atkinson Live" for listings.
HBO Comedy Hour - Montreal International Comedy
90 min. 1989, Comedy sketches featuring: Rowan Atkinson
and Angus Deaton ("Dating Tips for Men," approx
5 minutes); Julie Brown; Terri Carol; El
Tricicle; Rich Hall; Bobcat Goldthwait; Robert
Klein; Jerry Seinfeld; Pieter-Dirk Uys; Rich
HBO Live from London
Rowan Atkinson, Ben Elton, Spitting Image, and
French & Saunders.
Episode name: Full Throttle.
Rowan's character: Sir Henry "Tim" Birkin, famous car racer.
Story: About "Tim's" life and carreer(?).
Recorded: 1995 (not really sure).
On swedish television: 1996.
Running time : 58 min.
Rowan Atkinson plays a whining captured special
Hot Shots: Part Deux, The Making of
HBO Special on the making of Hot Shots: Part
Deux. This "making of" show is a take off on
the making of Apocalypse Now documentary.
Hysteria! Hysteria! Hysteria!
(Palace PVC 4030 A). UK version of Hysteria I.
Benefit performances with skits by Rowan
Atkinson, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie.
Hysteria 2! The Second Coming
(Palace PVC 2173 A). First part of UK version of
Hysteria II: The Second Coming
Benefit performances "A Small Rewrite" where
he is Shakespaere's (Hugh Laurie) agent, and
wants him to edit down Hamlet's soliloquy.
Benefit performances. Atkinson with Elton
Just For Laughs
199?. Rowan Atkinson as presenter of a fake
Canadian Tourist Information film.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
February, 1996. Rowan Atkinson appears on this late night comedy
talk show as his Mr. Bean character and challenges show host
Conan O'Brien to a "high kicking" contest -- and wins.
Same as "Funny Business".
Live for Peace
10 minutes. May 1995 (ITV). Benefit for Prince's Trust Gala (ITV)
the British VDAY. Rowan Atkinson is a tenor (Robert Bennet) in the Ode
to Joy (Beethoven).
Oh What The Hell
Industrial safety film produced by John Cleese's
VideoArts company. Atkinson as Satan complete
with red tights and fake Van Dyke beard. He
traps unwary workers who are complacent,
distracted and inexperienced.
Rowan Atkinson is the voice of Zazu the bird in
this Walt Disney animated movie.
2000. Rowan Atkinson plays a gynecologist
called Mr James in a comedy about a couple (Hugh Laurie and
Joely Richardson) who are trying to conceive a
Merry Christmas Mr. Bean
25 min approx.
1992. Thames Video (TV8277).
Shown between Christmas and New Year on
ITV in the UK. Three sketches: Mr. Bean buys
Christmas decorations at Harrod's (British
equivalent of Bloomingdales). Collects money
for charity, conducts Salvation Army band,
meets girlfriend and steals Christmas tree.
Christmas eve, carrol singers and Christmas
stockings. Christmas dinner in his flat.
56 min. 1997. Thames Video (TV8179). Includes "Mr. Bean in Room 426" and "Merry Christmas Mr Bean".
1997. Shown on UK television. Mr. Bean pitches Mars Confectionery's M&M's brand.
More Hysteria Too!
(Palace PVC 4070 A). Second part of UK version
of Hysteria II.
1990-1995. 13 episodes total. Each approximately 25 minutes each. Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is a gormless, clueless character
who stumbles from one disaster to another.
The comedy is almost entirely visual, with little or no dialogue
The BBC program was never made in traditional 'series' format,
but involved the release of occasional 'specials' over a period
of six years.
Mr. Bean: (1-Jan-90).
Won 1990 Golden Rose of Montreux.
Includes "The Exam," "On The Beach," and
"The Church" sketches.
The Return Of Mr. Bean: (5-Nov-90). Includes "The Department Store,"
"Restaurant," and "Royal Film" sketches.
The Curse Of Mr. Bean: (1-Jan-91). Includes "The Swimming Pool," "The Park
Bench," and "Horror Movie" sketches.
Mr. Bean Goes To Town: (15-Oct-91).
Includes "Television," "The Park,"
"Identity Parade," "Club Phut," and "The Disco"
The Trouble With Mr. Bean: (1-Jan-92).
Includes "The Dentist," and "The Park" sketches.
Mr. Bean Rides Again: (17-Feb-92).
Includes "Bus Stop," "Letter," and
Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean: (29-Dec-92).
Mr. Bean In Room 426: (17-Feb-93).
Mr. Bean checking into a hotel with
Do It Yourself, Mr. Bean: (10-Jan-94). Mr. Bean hosts a couple of friends
for a New Year's Eve party and then takes
advantage of a New Year's Day sale to buy a
new chair and do some redecorating.
Mind The Baby, Mr. Bean: (25-Apr-94).
Surprisingly enough about Mr Bean when he
accidentialy ends up with a baby and has to
take care of him at an amusement park.
Back To School, Mr. Bean: (26-Oct-94).
Mr. Bean conducts drills to some cadets, and he goes in the
school to take part in drawing, chemsitry and Judo.
Tee Off, Mr Bean: (20-Sep-95). Mr. Bean playing minigolf, and having a rather bad time at it.
Mr. Bean trying to do his laundry.
Goodnight Mr Bean: (31-Oct-95). Mr. Bean needs to go to THE HOSPITAL because his hand is stuck in a tea pot.
Mr. Bean takes some pictures with his camera.
Mr. Bean against insomnia.
Mr. Bean - I Wanna be Elected
1992, Comic Relief single.
Mr. Bean Takes an Exam
10 min approx.
20th Century Fox, "The Exam" sketch rereleased.
James Bond movie. Atkinson has two brief
appearances as an inept British secret service
agent. Similar to his "Barclaycard" character.
Noel Edmonds Show, The
Black Adder the Third bloopers.
Not the Nine in the Morning News
Special breakfast edition of Not the Nine O'Clock News.
Not the Nine O'Clock News
1979-1982. 25 min each. 27 episodes total.
A fast-paced BBC sketch TV series which initially featured Rowan
Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson and Chris Langham.
After the first series, Chris Langham left and was replaced by
Griff Rhys Jones (who had already appeared in sketches in
several programs during Series 1).
The long list of writers and contributers includes many of
today's most successful writers of British television comedy.
6 episodes transmitted between 16-Oct-79 and 20-Nov-79
7 episodes transmitted between 31-Mar-80 and 12-May-80
8 episodes transmitted between 27-Oct-80 and 15-Dec-80
6 episodes transmitted between 1-Feb-82 and 8-Mar-82
98 min. BBC Video [BBCV5695 (BBC Worldwide Publishing)].
Contains all the very best bits of Not The Nine O'Clock News except for the possibly even
better very best bits on The Gorilla Kinda Lingers.
128 sketches brimming with toilet humour and crammed into 98 minutes including: Nobble
Button, Not the Parrot Sketch, Le Comte de Frou-Frou, Jenkin's Pee, Nine to Five,
Wildebeest, Hey Wow!, and many more great sketches feature on this video.
98 min. BBC Video [BBCV5700 (BBC WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING)].
Contains all the very best bits of Not The Nine O'Clock News except for the possibly even
better bits On Nice Video Shame About The Hedgehog. 129 hard-hitting satirical barbs (eg
Rowan Atkinson Bumps Slightly Into A Tree) in 98 minute including: Darts, Question Time,
Headbangers, Rowan Atkinson Bumps Slightly Into A Tree, Gerald The Gorilla, I Like
Bouncing, Abou Ben Adhem, Car Ferry, The Two Ronnies, Hi-Fi Shop, Gob On You, Cut Off
Their Coolies, Life of Python, The Swedish Chemist's Shop, Songs of Praise, Failed In
Wales, Rumbly's Pies, Supa-Dupa, Game For A Laugh, Speaking Cock, Are You A Gay
Christian?, Baronet Oswald Ernald Mosley, Manilow, Political Obituary, Come Home To A
Real Fire, Origami, One Legged Raid, Constable Savage, Pub Grub, The Devil - Is He All
Bad?, Punk Zips, The Elephant Man and Kinda Lingers.
2001, Modeled after 1963's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Jerry Zucker's Rat Race lacks the irreverence of Zucker's 1980 hit Airplane! but has enough chuckles to make it an agreeable time-killer.
Reflections of Mr. Bean
1 hour. One of those "flashback" shows where they recycle old shows
linked by some new material. Here Mr. Bean goes up to his attic
in search of an umbrella and recalls past experiences.
REMA 1000 commercial
Rowan Atkinson does a TV commercial for a
Norwegian chain of grocery stores called REMA
1000. It is about Mr. Bean checking the
groceries from REMA 1000 and another store.
He counts Non-Stop (=M&Ms no peanuts) from
from two packs. He squirts mayonaise on
the floor to see which tube gives the
longest line + some other silly stuff.
15 min approx.
Friday October 1 1993, Rowan Atkinson as Mr.
Bean was guest on the Norwegian national channel
NRK. The appearance lasted about 13 minutes,
and Mr. Bean also 'popped in' twice during the
course of the show before his planned spot.
47 min. 1994. Rowan Atkinson, the master of visual comedy, presents a collection of visual comedy clips
from the archives, including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers, Monty
Python, Fawlty Towers, Only Fools and Horses and Spitting Image. [VC6453 (VIDEO COLLECTION INT. LTD.)]
This is by far the most commonly asked about
video that people e-mail me about. 65 min.
1991. Selected highlights from RA's 1981 and
1986 one man shows, recorded 19th and 20th
December 1991 in the Boston University Theatre.
Twelve sketches, of which only the first ten
were shown on BBC!
"A warm welcome" -- RA is devil in hell
greeting the audience.
"Fatal beatings" -- RA is headmaster, Mr.
Perkins (Angus Deayton) is called in about
"And now, from Nazareth, the amazing..."
RA is priest, giving a sermon.
"Invisible man" -- RA is being bothered on
the subway by invisible man.
"The good loser" -- AD presents Oliver
Awards. RA accepts on behalf of Best Actor.
"Elementary dating" -- AD gives lecture on
elementary courting for men, RA portrays
"Guys after the game" -- RA is waiter in an
Indian restaurant, having nine football
supporters for dinner.
"It started with a sneeze" -- Same sketch as
Mr. Bean in church.
"With friends like these..." -- RA plays
priest, best man and father-in-law on AD's
"Pink tights & plenty of props" -- AD
lectures on Shakespearian acting. RA plays
Bernard Huppup who demonstrates.
"Thomas, Richard and Harold" -- Priest RA
talks at the graves of blind and deaf Tom,
deaf and dumb Dick, and dumb/blind harry.
"No one called Jones" -- Master RA reads out
Royal Knockout, The
1987, British and American actors in lots of
strange physical events. Atkinson is the
master of ceremonies.
1979. features: John Cleese, Peter Cook,
Billy Connolly, Michael Palin, Terry Jones,
Eleanor Bron, John Fortune, Rowan Atkinson.
[Atkinson featured in 'School Master', 'Stake
Your Claim' w/Palin, 'Four Yorkshiremen'
w/Cleese, Palin, Jones]
MGM/UA Home Video/Miramax Films video MV800175,
(1982) features: Rowan Atkinson, Alan Bennett,
John Bird, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jasper Carrott,
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Billy Connolly,
John Fortune, Barry Humprhries, Neil Innes,
Chris Langham, Griff Rhys Jones, Alexei Sayle,
Pamela Stephenson, John Wells, Victoria Wood.
[Atkinson featured in 'A Word of Thanks'
w/Cleese, Bird & cast, 'Road Safety',
'Beekeeping' w/Cleese, 'Divorce Service'
w/Jones, Stephenson & Fortune, 'Top of the Form'
w/most of other cast]
Secret Policeman's Private Parts, The
1984, Sequel to "The Secret Policeman's Other
Sound Mix Show
8 min approx.
Rowan visits Dutch tv-host Henny Huisman, and
tries to convince him that he's good in singing
songs. Hands over a tape withthe music from
'Big Spender' and is actually singing the
song himself. Dutch TV (RTL-4). About 8 minutes.
Danish for 'The Talkshow', a program broadcast
weekly. The show was broadcast September 18,
1993 on Danmarks Radio Television. The first
half consisted of Friis-Mikkelsen's hopeless
attempts to interview Mr. Bean, while the other
half was a normal interview with Rowan Atkinson.
Among other things, Atkinson mentioned the
difficulty of establishing oneself as a comic
performer in the mid-seventies post-python
Tall Guy, The
1990, Atkinson plays a loud obnoxious comedian.
Written by Richard Curtis, Directed by Mel Smith.
Starring Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson.
30 minutes each. 1995 (BBC1). Seven part series renewing the partnership
of Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson. Set in Glasforth police station,
this is Dad's army for the Blackadder generation. Atkinson's Inspector
Fowler has the sneering arrogance of his most famous character, while
his minion officers are either stupid (uniform) or aggressively gauche
The Queen's Birthday Present -- Inspector Fowler is collecting money
the police station to buy a gift for the Queen.
Fire and Terror --
Inspector Grim gets to deal with real-life terrorist, Constable Habib falls
in love with a handsome fireman and Constable Goody goes green.
Honey Trap --
Fowler's strategy for the pub quiz is sabotaged from within when
DI Grim tells his star player, WPC Habib, that her feminine wiles
are needed to bait a trap All looks lost, unless, perhaps, Constable
Gladstone or Goody were to take Habib's place.
Rag Week --
Fowler faces the stress of student rag week. DI Grim is in a happy
mood as he takes on bank robbers And DC Kray fancies a kebab.
Night Shift --
The station is full of juvenile yobbos, but then that's CID for you.
Meanwhile, Grim is working with Scotland Yard, and Fowler is definitely
not jealous... not one little bit.
Kids Today --
While Fowler plans a camping trip for young offenders, DI Grim
proposes giving them a short, sharp shock.
The two approaches are, of course, not mutually exclusive.
Yuletide Spirit --
26 Dec 1995 --
Gasforth Amateur Drama Group has passed Fowler over for the lead in the annual
panto despite his having domated a half bottle of whisky to the raffle. A homeless and
pregnant couple have turned up at the station and grim and Kray are on the trail of a
vicious gang of brutal carol singers. Habib does not celebrate the season but Goody says
he has bought her a very special present - she foolishly accepts it.
The Thin Blue Line (Season Two)
Fowler and the rest of the uniformed and plain-clothes officers of
Gasforth Police Station are back for a new seven-part series
on BBC1 (Thursdays) to continue their fight against urban crime and
uphold the forces of law and order (Uh-huh... - Ed)
Sergeant Patricia Dawkins (Serena Evans), Fowler's jealous live-in
girlfriend, is back at her desk and keeping her eye on
Fowler's dealings with the new Mayoress - who happens to be one of his
old flames. PC Kevin Goody (James Dreyfus)
upholds his position as the thickest part of the "thin blue line" with a
penchant for keeping Curly Wurlies in his truncheon pouch
and a crush on WPC Habib (Mina Anwar), who finds she has a conflict of
family and police duties when her wayward sister
pays her a visit. And old-timer PC Gladstone (Rudolph Walker) continues
to reminisce about his long experience in the police
force to anyone unfortunate enough to ask him about it. Meanwhile, the
crack team of CID crimefighters led by Dl Grim
(David Haig) - who cannot bear any "fannying about" - is joined by
Detective Boyle (Mark Addy), a Northerner who could be
accused of being an undercover lager lout.
For those out there who are keeping track of such things, The Thin Blue
Line, a Tiger Aspect production for BBC-TV, is
produced by Ben Elton and Geoffrey Perkins and directed by John Birkin.
Court in the Act -- Fowler is thrilled to get a name check in the local paper following the
successful raid by the Gasforth Police Force on the home of notorious drugs dealer Harry
the Spike. But little does he know that Grim is so desperate to get a conviction that he
mught just have bent the rules a little. When it comes to the courtroom ordeal, Fowler
knows he will encounter a very nasty pair of briefs. He is, of course, determined to pull
them right down.
Ism Ism Ism --
Gasforth's Mayoress informs Fowler that an illegal asylum seeker has taken
refuge in the town - a sound move in his opinion since he sometimes feels Gasforth
resembles an asylum. She is concerned because when the immigrant's time runs out at the
end of the week, Fowler will be required to arrest him for deportation and the EC are
sending an observer. It is essential, therefore, that the Gasforth police force's behaviour is
above reproach and without the slightest hint of racism.
Fly on the Wall -- A BBC camera crew come to Gasforth Police Station to make a "fly on
the wall" documentary about the reality of policing. Fowler is initially unsure about the
ethics of such a program - he "strongly disapproves of this current broadcasting trend
that turns police work into entertainment". Habib and Patricia can't get to the hairdressers
fast enough - closely followed by Goody, and Grim considers a remake of the David Soul
record Come on Silver Lady and practices concealing a double chin.
Alternative Culture --
Gasworth, as with many inner cities, has a problem with drugs. DI Grim plans a raid on a
rave at the old gasworks the following night to look for E, LSD and any number of highly
dangerous letters. As far as he's concerned "drugs are the effluence of society" and he's
"the Toilet Duck". Habib is dreading the prospect of her boring younger sister Nazia coming
to stay - and spending a whole week with a teenage Muslim saint. But she's in for a
Come on You Blues -- Gasforth Police Force turns out in force to police a football game
at the local ground. Goody prefers Gladiators and plans one day to beome one under the
pseudonym "Love Muscle". Fowler, on the other hand, is enthusiastic about football and
the fact that the British are "happy to gather together in small groups on a wet Saturday
and be a bit sad." But the entire community catches football fever when, for the first time
since before World War I, Gasforth is due to play a Premier League team.
Road Rage -- Gasforth is to have a new bypass and Patricia decides to
spend her fortnight's leave from the force as a member of the travelling tribe of road
protesters known as the Dongas under the alias "Squirrel Baggins". This is a cause of some
embarrassment for Fowler, especially as it will be the job of his police offers to "enforce
the law" - which can result in the environmentalist protesters chaining themselves to
inanimate objects. Never fear though, Fowler is in control. Until Habib finds him suspended
from a tree by the Dongas.
Green Eyed Monster -- The date has been set for the promotion review board and Grim is like a coiled
spring. Fowler is hoping that this year might be his turn, but Grim burns his bubble.
"Promotion boards are looking for solid steady, dependable blokes" he tells Fowler. "Married
blokes. Not divorcees living in sin with their Sergeants". Suddenly Fowler is touched by a
romantic mood, and over a candle-lit frozen lasagne con funghi in her kitchen he tells
Patricia that he doesn't want to end up "boring, grey, flabby and all alone" - he wants to
be browing, grey and flabby with her.
Tonight Show with Jay Leno
February 1996. Rowan Atkinson appears on this late night comedy
Torvill and Bean
11 minutes approx. Mar 17, 1995. Mr. Bean goes to the "Show on Ice" of
Jane Torvill and C. Dean. Part of the British Comic Relief.
UK Comic Relief Special
Mr. Bean does sponsored silence, sponsored tea
drinking, sponsored codpiece wearing, sponsored
Madonna impression. He comes in to the police
station to report a theft. He speaks only
Back To School Mr. Bean: "I get a bit charged up at the Science
demonstration and at the Art Class too because it
is absolutely disgraceful. Someone runs off with my trousers after a judo
class and in the car park even my
car comes under a bit of pressure."
Hair By Mr. Bean Of London:
"Normally, I hate the hairdresser's, but on this occasion I have a
marvellous time. Cut! Slash! Tear! I also have an excellent time at the
Utterly Utterly Live Video
(Virgin VVD169). UK version of Do Bears?
1990, Nicolas Roeg directed and Jim Henson
produced movie with Anjelica Huston trying to
turn children into mice.
Women Exerising Madly
51 min. 1996. Vision Video Ltd (0432003). The two ladies from TV's "Men Behaving Badly" are joined by a number of comedy stars to
show that it can be fun to exercise. All profits from the sale of this program
donated to Comic Relief. Starring Mister Blobby, Martin Clunes, Leslie Ash, Caroline Quentin, Neil Morrissey, Frank Skinner, Rowan Atkinson, and Lenny Henry.
Black Adder I-III
30 min each.
Published by the BBC, basically the same as the
videos, though cut in various places. Totally
visual gags were cut, but there weren't many of
Blackadder's Christmas Carol
by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton.
Published by BBC, Nov 1996.
Blackadder II Complete Series
by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton.
Published by BBC, Jul 1995.
Blackadder the Third: 6 Historic Episodes
by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton.
Published by BBC, Dec 1992.
Blackadder Goes Forth Complete Series
by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton.
Published by BBC, May 1995.
This is a themed compilation on
that dreaded subject, Work.
Who needs it ? Who enjoys it
that much ? Listen to sketches
by Rowan Atkinson, Alan
Bennett, Jo Brand, Monty
Python, Richard Pryor, Pete &
Dud and make up your own
mind. It might just Work.
Comic Relief Utterly Utterly Live at the Shaftesbury
50 min approx.
1986, WEA (UK LP) WX 51/240 932-1.
Recording of live charity performances given in
April, 1986 by Spitting Image, Lenny Henry,
Billy Connolly, Kate Bush, Frank Bruno, The
Young Ones, Cliff Richard, Howard Goodall, Midge
Ure, Ben Elton, Howard Jones and Afrodiziak,
Stephen Fry, Bob Geldof, Rowan Atkinson, Angus
Deayton, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
Atkinson appears in the skits "Do Bears..."
with Kate Bush and Howard Goodall, and "Fatal
Beatings" with Angus Deayton.
The Complete Secret Policeman's Other Ball
Castle Communications ESDCD 152 (1991) (U.K.)
Double CD collection that includes previously
Dead Parrot Society, The Best of British Comedy
1993 (Springtime!/Rhino Records)
"Top of Form" 5 minutes 34 seconds
A send-up of college bowl-type quiz shows; It
was written by John Cleese, Graham Chapman,
Marty Feldman, and Tim Brooke-Taylor;
In spite of having only four lines (the first
three of which each consist of the word
"pork"), Rowan is quite funny in this one.
Desert Island Discs
May 1988 radio interview from BBC Radio Four.
UK Comic Relief.
Includes "Black Adder: The Cavalier Years,"
"Black Adder IV: Goodbyee," "The Young Ones:
Summer Holiday," "Livin' Doll," "The New
Statesman at Number 10," "Night of the Comic
A CD-single, made by the Dutch goup TO BE OR NOT
TO BE (I didn't know of their existence; seems
that they are two producers), which was released
near Christmas (in the Netherlands only, I guess.)
Well: the "hallelujah" is a sample from
'the church'-skit... It also contains the magic
words "it's Mr. Bean"..
All this, I think, is non-authorised.. I doubt
whether these guys asked permission to use the
voice of Bean.
Single (45rpm). (Polydor
I Want to Be) Elected
1992, London Records (084 990 3). A CD/cassette
released for Comic Relief. Mr. Bean and Smear
Campaign featuring Bruce Dickinson.
Live in Belfast
Concert from 1980. Arista Records (SPART 1150). Re-released as
a Camden CD (cat #74321 369432).
Main in Seat 23c (3.30)
Sir Marcus Browing M.P. (5.30)
Mary Jane (1.35)
The Wedding (12.00)
The Best Man
of the Bride
I Hate the French (2.40)
Interval Announcement (1.30)
Do Bears ... (4.55)
Senator Brea's Dead (5.00)
The Devil (6.00)
Impatient Man in Queue Behind Student (4.00)
Station Announcement (1.00)
Sketches by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis.
Songs by Howard Goodall and Richard Curtis
Not Just a Pretty Face
The recording is taken from performances on the 3rd and 4th April 1987,
at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, England. Written by Elton and Curtis.
Music by Goodall.
Gobble D. Gook [intro to the album by RA]
Tom, Dick & Harry [the one about the three men who died]
Vicar's Point [this is the fellatio monologue]
Perkins Intro [intro for the album by RA's straightman Angus Deayton]
Fatal Beatings [the schoolmaster sketch, with the library books]
37-0 [RA plays a soccer coach from Newcastle - his home town!]
I Believe [song - similar to the song of the same name from NTNO'CN]
Indian Waiter [the "not ****ing hot, sir" sketch]
Madonna [short song about Madonna]
Awards [the one where he collects the award for someone else]
Zak [RA is an alien whose "translator podule" is malfunctioning]
Fish [song about Michael Fish, the UK TV weatherman]
CND [short spoof political broadcast]
Peace Camp [RA is an army general in Nicaragua!]
Perkins Outro [Angus Deayton again]
Cana [the vicar's sermon about the wedding at Cana]
A Nasty End [RA is exposed the notorious villain Ronnie Atkinson]
Not the Nine O'Clock News
Double album, at least one of which is live.
Not The Nine O' Clock News
50 min approx.
1980 BBC Cassette (ZCF 400)/LP (REB 400) (BBC-22400).
Taken from the television series transmitted 1979/1980 from the BBC TV series, starring Rowan
Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, and
Pamela Stephenson. Atkinson is featured in
the skits "The Gorilla Interview," "National
Wealth Beds," "Simultaneous Translation," "The
General Synod's 'Life of Monty Python',"
"There's a Man," "Closedown," "Points of View,"
"Rowan's Rant," "Stout Life," "Gob on You,"
"Gay Christian," "Final Demands," "Oh
Bosanquet," and "I believe."
Not The Nine O'clock News
1995 BBC double cassette (catalogue #ZBBC 1009; ISBN 0-563-22548-3). The first cassette
is the re-issue of
the previously issued BBC cassette "Not the Nine O'clock News - Hedgehog
Sandwich", which was released as catalog #ZCF 421. The
second of the two tapes in the new release was previously issued as catalog
#516 (previously unreleased).
SIDE ONE: Loyal Apology; News Summary; Constable Savage; Baronet Oswald Ernold Mosley; University
Challenge; (I Like) Trucking; Sir Robert Mark; Hi-Fi Shop; England My Leotard; Divorce; Political Obit; The Main
Points Again; Bad Language; Gift Shop
SIDE TWO: Hedgehog Apology; Supa Dupa; Soccer Violence; (Because I'm) Wet and Lonely; That's Lies;
Creed (The New Revised Version); I Believe; The Aide; The Main Points Again; Not the Parrot Sketch; Open
Marriage; Lager; And Finally...
SIDE THREE: The Spy Who Came in the Cold; The News; Not the Signature Tune; Budget; Question Time;
Headbangers; Rock Interview; Game for a Laugh; Typical, Bloody Typical; Well, Mr. Glossop; Financial Times;
Hey Bob; Not the Signature Tune; New Glea; Holiday Habits; Pizza Moment; Failed in Whales; Brain Death;
Swedish Chemists; Hey Wow; Stop Wingeing; Nice Video, Shame About the Song; Jackanory
SIDE FOUR: Golf Trousers; The News; Roland Davies; Two Ninnies; Two Ninnies Song; Aussie Pilot; Does God
Exist?; Re-Altered Images; McEnroe's Breakfast; Ah Come in Rawlinson!; Ask the Family; Polish Show;
There's No Land Like Poland; Aleebee; The Main Points Again; Not the Signature Tune; What a Load of Willies!
(The Memory) Kinda Lingers; Grow Up You Bastards
Not The Nine O'Clock News: Hedgehog Sandwhich
50 min approx.
1981 BBC Cassette (ZCF 421)/LP (REB 421).
From the BBC TV series, starring Rowan
Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, and
Pamela Stephenson. Atkinson is featured in
Published by Laughing Stock Productions, Dec 1989. (Catalog #LAFFC 35).
This double album contains
nearly all of Rowan's recorded
live works. From solo spots to
collaborations with everyone
including the Pythons, Peter
Cook, Angus Deayton, Hugh
Laurie and even Elton John!
Contains: "Wedding Speech",
"The Devil", "Four Yorkshiremen"
(with Cleese, Palin, Jones) and
"End of the World" with Peter
The Secret Policeman's Ball
Island ILPS/9601 (1979) (U.K.). Atkinson is in
"Stake Your Claim," "Four Yorkshiremen," and
"The End of the World".
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
Island HAHA 6003 (1981) (U.K.)
Tom Brown's School Days
120 min approx.
1981. Rowan Atkinson reads an abridged
version of Thomas Hughes' Tom Brown's
School Days on this Listen for Pleasure book on tape.
book on tape.
We Are Most Amused: The Very Best of British Comedy
1981, 2 records.
(collection of British comedy sketches; includes a few sketches from Monty Python, I'm Sorry I'll Read that
Again, Neil Innes, and Fawlty Towers; the proceeds from the sales of this record went to The Prince's Trust,
an organization dedicated to assisting young people in social, economic, or environmental difficulty)
SIDE ONE: Points of View (Not the Nine O'Clock News); Ying Tong Song (The Goons); The Blood Donor
(Tony Hancock); Massage from the Swedish Prime Minister (Monty Python); The Pet Shop (Monty Python);
Welly Boot Song (Billy Connolly); The Drivers' Meeting (Peter Ustinov)
SIDE TWO: Ingle, Jingle, Jangle, Jong (Spike Milligan); Society Wedding Stakes (Roy Hudd); Take a Pew
(Alan Bennett); Best Man's Speech (Rowan Atkinson); Return to Sorrento (Spike Milligan); The News in
Welsh (I'm Sorry I'll Read that Again); The Day that Gareth was Dropped (Max Boyce); Sir Marcus Browning
M.P. (Rowan Atkinson)
SIDE THREE: Les Patterson, Australian Cultural Attache (Barry Humphries); Niceness (Dame Edna
Everage); The Health Inspector (Fawlty Towers); The Comedians (Frank Carson); Balham (Peter Sellers);
The Jeweller's Shop (Morecambe & Wise); The Party (Griff Ryhus-Jones, Rory McGrath & Company); The
Protest Song (Neil Innes)
SIDE FOUR: Yangtse Kiang (Monty Python); The Nutter on the Buss (Jasper Carrott); The Restaurant (The
Two Ronnies); Dr. O'Dell (Spike Milligan); Manuel (Mike Harding); The Women's Institute (Joyce Grenfell);
Harvest of Love (Benny Hill); The Comedians (Frank Carson)
(Same as The Funny Side of Rowan Atkinson)
112 pages, by Bruce Dessau, published by Orion Media.
This is a fully illustrated, affectionate celebration of Rowan
Atkinson's career, published to coincide with the film "Mr Bean".
Atkinson first came to prominence in "Not The Nine O'Clock
News" and his natural acting ability set him up to achieve huge
success as Blackadder.
Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie Scriptbook
Also called "Bean: The Script Book",
by Rowan Atkinson (Boxtree) June 1997.
The unabridged script of the film "Dr Bean", in which the humorous
Rowan Atkinson character, Mr Bean, is sent to America on a
cultural exchange. The book also includes an introduction by the
film's director, Mel Smith, charting its progress from conception to
1998. By Richard Curtis. Then look no further. Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty is the book for you. Here, at last, for the first time, are the full scripts of one of British television's funniest comedies. Follow the hilarious misadventures of the despicable Edmund Blackadder and his dimwitted sidekick Baldrick through four centuries of hopelessly mangled English history: from medieval nastiness through Elizabethan and Regency glory, to the mud and sauteed rats of the First World War. Aside from the ball-bouncingly funny scripts themselves, Blackadder also features special bonus sections: "Instruments of Torture in the Late Middle Ages"; "Medieval Medicine" ("1. Herbs; 2. Leeches; 3. Saw It Off"); and an indispensable "Index of Blackadder's Finest Insults."
Comic Relief Comic
Comic book published by Fleetway. Rowan Atkinson
is portrayed as a modern Blackadder (and with a
portrait on the back cover). The plot being that
he was being forced to give money to Comic Relief
and was being a bastard.
May, 2000. This is an episode guide to the four series of the famously popular and funny BBC comedy drama,
"Blackadder". It includes an assessment of the precedents of "Blackadder" and also its legacy, as
well as a section on the most recent project, called "Blackadder Back and Forth".
Four Weddings and a funeral: Three Appendicies and a
Richard Curtis's poignant, irreverent, and laugh-out-loud screenplay
grossed more than $200 million wordwide and garnered Academy
Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. This
book includes the complete script, plus scenes that
were cut from the film, anecdotes, and observations from the author.
(Boxtree Limited 1992).
This book provides essential background information on the lives
and work of the all time great stars featured in Funny Business
and also on many of the other key performers in film, TV and radio
who have kept audiences in stitches over the years.
Introduction By Rowan Atkinson.
The Funny Side of Rowan Atkinson
(Same as Bean There, Done That) by Bruce Dessau (Orion Media) August 1997.
Laughtermakers: The Story of TV Comedy
by Anthony Davis
has over a page about Atkinson, sandwiched between sections on "Not the
O'Clock News" and Smith & Jones.
Now, in this first full-length biography, journalist Bruce Dessau delves behind the comic mask. Bruce Dessau's previous book was Bean There Done That.
Secret Policeman's Ball
Including skits involving Rowan Atkinson.
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
Methuen Trade Paperback (1981) (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-50080-2
Understanding Astrology - A Practical Guide to the Stars
1991. An astrological book, written in UK by Sasha Fenton, that contains an entire page of
astrological data on Rowan Atkinson's birth chart on page 53-54.
birthdate of Jan. 6, 1955. The description begins, "The elegant comedian
Rowan Atkinson may not have chosen a typically Capricornian career...."
Page 54 contains a full astrological chart wheel.
The Utterly, Utterly Amusing and Pretty Damn Definitive Comic
(Penguin 1989) - Foreword by Atkinson, and he appears on the front
(included in the book are 'Stand-up Comic' by Atkinson and 'Fatal
by Ben Elton & Richard Curtis but known from Atkinson's live shows).
The Utterly, Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book
Atkinson is one of many contributors (includes pages with Aktinson as
'Wrinkly' Robags presenting 'Gospel According to a Sheep' and 'Gospel
to St. Sylvester').