RE­BEKAH DEVLIN OUT OF THE BOX

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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.

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