Rowan Atkinson celebrated the 25th anniversary of his iconic show by driving around in a Mini.
The year was 1990 and the first episode of Mr. Bean hit the British airwaves and stayed on for a good five years for a total run of 15 episodes. For the 25th anniversary of the show’s first episode according to the Daily Mail on their piece that dropped earlier yesterday (Sept. 4, 2015) Rowan Atkinson took the time to drive around Buckingham Palace in his green Mini Cooper, the same one he’s seen driving in his sitcom.
In one memorable episode simply titled January Sales Do-It-Yourself, after Mr. Bean has stuffed his entire car full of all the items he’s bought at the shops, he no longer has room for himself. That’s when he comes up with the ingenious idea to strap himself to the roof of the mini atop a large arm chair and using a system of ropes and remote controls, he’s able to drive his Mini home. Check out exclusive footage of Mr. Bean driving around Buckingham Palace below as well as a snippet of that episode where you can see Mr. Bean’s Mini Cooper in the opening shots.
Throughout the fifteen episode run, Mr. Bean actually had two different Mini’s, an orange 1969 Morris Mini 1000 and a Citron 1977 Mini 1000 which he used in the January sales episode. When his sitcom was remade into a cartoon, the Citron 1977 Mini 1000 came along with him.
After Atkinson climbed off his Mini, he celebrated with the press with a slice from a celebratory cake. You’ll be pleased to know that Rowan Atkinson recently revived the Mr. Bean sitcom, but only long enough to raise money for Comic Relief.