REBEKAH DEVLIN OUT OF THE BOX
THIS special is the ultimate in re-gifting. It’s been lying around the warehouse for decades, someone’s found it, dusted it off and voila, here’s something special I picked just for you.
Who hasn’t been the recipient of one of those wonderful pressies?
If you lived through the ’ 90s, you’ve probably seen every Mr Bean episode made. There weren’t that many, actually, which meant you saw those few over again. How good was it though? Rowan Atkinson was a genius.
Back then we were also into hypercoloured T-shirts and happy pants, so I’m not putting too much faith in our collective judgment. And that’s the thing — tastes change.
Now, 20 years later, this will get a few laughs, but it seems to have lost a bit of its magic.
It’s funny reviewing Mr Bean because I like to take notes of a show’s dialogue.
I normally rewind a billion times to get the quotes right, which drives whoever is unfortunate enough to watch the show with me bonkers.
But not so with this because Mr Bean doesn’t really talk.
And when he does, it’s only a few words in a weird voice, and even my sausage-like digits can keep up with that on the keyboard. Still, there are some fantastic scenes — such as when he mails Christmas cards to himself, and the present he gets for his girlfriend — how the heck did he nab a lady-friend?
Though the turkey stuck on his head skit is a bit tired. I’m sure they did that in Friends too — I reckon Joey and Monica got it stuck on their head, but not at the same time, cos that really would be weird.
It was when Chandler accidentally told Monica he loved her, and then tried to take it back. Ahh Friends, now that hasn’t lost any of its charm.
Not sure what came first though, the turkey or the Friends. Hmm, I don’t think that’s how that question is meant to go. Merry Christmas Mr Bean ABC2, 8pm
Genius: Rowan Atkinson.