Mr. Bean

Angela Mae

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Mr Bean does a few things which could be seen as "harassing, alarming and distressing" (to quote that old cliché) if he similar things in public in real life, in other words, Mr Public would be arrested and even go to prison of he copied it for himself. Referring to the Goes to Town episode, when going back to the days when electric plugs had a "batteries not included" aspect towards electrical items and one had to wire them up, putting the Live, Earth and Neutral in the right place - when he buys a new television set we see Bean twist the wires into the plug which is something that would not work in real life - in fact, a Central continuity announcer had reminded Midlands viewers not to copy him doing that with a plug at the end of one of the mid 1990s repeats. The videos always got a U certificate and not a PG one by either the BBFC or the VSC.

Another was the fact that Mind the Baby was postponed twice in 1993 and 1994 because of the similarities with the storyline and the James Bulger murder. The fact that Bean takes an unrelated baby to a seaside destination (Southsea?) seems rather alarming when one thinks of child abductions and the like especially in the early to mid 1990s. For the 1993 showing it was replaced by the first showing of the Room 426 episode set in a hotel (and ironically enough, set in another costal destination), and was postponed again around a year later because of the trial and the distress, and was replaced by a repeat of a previous episode. It was eventually shown a few months after the Bulger murder trial was concluded.

Maybe it’s something to do with the tarnished image of Rolf Harris and memories of his old learn to swim PIF, but there’s something disturbing about this Mr Bean screenshot from this angle. I know it’s the STUPID SWIMWEAR the little girl is wearing is why her bare buttocks are in full view of the camera, bur I wonder if the scene would’ve been scrapped or shot at a different angle if it had been suggested during the Harris scandal? It’s kind of surprising that even in 1990, they transmitted it like this.

 

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Little Imp in Yellow Swimsuit getting her own Super Ted style spin-off - fighting criminals and near-do-wells across the UK in nothing but a swimsuit.

Seriously, the concept for Super Ted is drugged out: A defective children's toy becomes animate and sapient when a spotted alien sprinkles him with magic powder, and then the alien takes him to Mother Nature, who turns him into a superhero. He then trots the globe with the alien in tow, fighting an evil cowboy whose minions are a dimwitted giant and a living skeleton.
 
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