Most of us would recognise the choral music that introduces the Mr Bean show but what does it mean?
This musical intro wasn’t ripped from any piece of classical music or randomly chosen. In fact, this is a unique composition by Howard Goodall and performed by a choir at Southwark Cathedral in Oxford. The show has just been added to Netflix and with the subtitles added people have just discovered the English translation from Latin. Have a listen below:
You may have thought the choir were singing in gibberish as the strange man fell from the sky but it meant a lot more.
They sing “Eccehomo qui est faba” which literally translates to “Look at the man who is a bean.”
As Wikipedia put it:
At the beginning of episode two onwards, Mr. Bean falls from the sky in a beam of light, accompanied by a choir singing Ecce homo qui est faba (“Behold the man who is a bean “). These opening sequences were initially in black and white in episodes 2 and 3, and were intended by the producers to show his status as an “ordinary man cast into the spotlight”. However, later episodes showed Mr. Bean dropping from the night sky in a deserted London street, against the backdrop of St. Paul’s Cathedral suggesting Bean is an alien. Atkinson himself has acknowledged that Bean “has a slightly alien aspect to him”; in the animated series, he was actually shown to be an alien.
The Mr Bean live action show ran from 1990 – 1995 on tv and from there spawned several films and a cartoon series. The original show along with Mr Bean’s Holiday and Mr Bean, The Ultimate Disaster Movie are now available to watch on Netflix.
Here is the full song below: