Mr. Bean

The choir singing during the intro to Mr. Bean are singing ‘Ecce homo qui est faba’ Latin for ‘Behold the man who is a bean’

The choir singing during the intro to Mr. Bean are singing ‘Ecce homo qui est faba’ Latin for ‘Behold the man who is a bean’

Mr. Bean features a choral theme tune in the key of C Major written by Howard Goodall and performed by the Choir of Southwark Cathedral (later Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford). The words sung during the title sequences are in Latin:

Ecce homo qui est faba – “Behold the man who is a bean” (sung at beginning)
Finis partis primae – “End of part one” (sung before the advertisement break)
Pars secunda – “Part two” (sung after the advertisement break)
Vale homo qui est faba – “Farewell, man who is a bean” (sung at end)
The theme was later released on Goodall’s album Choral Works. Goodall also wrote an accompanying music track for many episodes. The first episode of Mr. Bean did not feature the choral theme tune, but instead an up-beat instrumental piece, also composed by Howard Goodall, which was more an incidental tune than a theme. It was used while Bean drove between locations intimidating the blue Reliant, and as such, was sometimes heard in later episodes whenever Bean’s nemesis is seen. The instrumental of the theme tune was used in animated Mr. Bean in the series finale “Double Trouble”.

In the episode “Tee Off, Mr. Bean” Howard Goodall’s choral theme tune for another Richard Curtis comedy, The Vicar of Dibley, is heard playing on a car stereo. In Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean., while playing with Queen’s Royal Guards figurines and the nativity set, he hums “The British Grenadiers”, which was quoted in the theme to Blackadder Goes Forth.[23]

Mr. Bean appears in a music video made for the 1991 Comic Relief fund raising single by Hale and Pace called The Stonk.[24] Mr. Bean also appeared in the music video for Boyzone’s singlePicture of You in 1997.[25] The song was featured on the soundtrack to the first Bean movie.

Mr. Bean also made a Comic Relief record in 1992. This was (I Want To Be) Elected and was credited to “Mr. Bean and Smear Campaign featuring Bruce Dickinson”. This was a cover of anAlice Cooper song and reached number 9 in the UK singles chart.

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