Various mishaps at a police station in an English Hamlet. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot!
Bernard Bottle, a mild mannered art buyer, is fired by his greedy boss, abandoned by his girlfriend and discovers a genie in an old bottle. The genie immediately embraces the modern world and helps Bernard on the side.
My understanding is that this is the first Bean material, and he really started off strong. One of the most charming things about his character is his childishness, such as his fear of authority, as in one of the scenes in this episode where he is trying to cheat on an exam off the person next to him. First he has a hilarious competition about who brought the most school supplies, and of course, as always, there is one more great laugh at the end of the scene. He then heads to the beach and is distraught to find someone already there, so decides to try to change into his bathing suit without taking any of his clothes off, with hilarious results! My favorite, however, has to be the church scene. I'm not a big churchgoer myself, although not necessarily just because I find it intolerably boring, but it is so nice to see someone so brilliantly agree with me on screen. And then candy in the pocket is classic! The getting ready for a royal visit at the end is also vintage Bean, as he shows off to the indifferent and vaguely irritated people around him, only to have everything go wrong at just the wrong moment. This is clearly very early and very simple Bean, but it has to be some of his best. Bravo!
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