Mr Bean The Barbershop: Mr. Bean goes to Derrick (Tony Haase)’s barbershop to have a haircut. After he chooses what hair style he wants by pointing to a calendar of Prince Charles, Derrick attempts to make the first snip, but is unable to do so as Bean keeps tilting his head forward to read a magazine. The office phone then rings, and Derrick reluctantly goes to answer it. All alone, Bean entertains himself by pretending to give someone a haircut until two customers come in and assume Bean is the hairdresser.

The first customer is Jamie, a young boy whose mother leaves him in Bean’s care as she runs to retrieve her purse she left at the Mr Bean The Barbershop. Bean places a bowl over Jamie’s head and cuts his messy shoulder length mullet and fringe into a neater bowl hairstyle. He then accidentally shaves off a small piece of Jamie’s hair while trying to use a hair clipper, and ends up shaving a bald stripe down the middle of his head to even it out. Although it looks ridiculous, Jamie is nonetheless satisfied with his new hairstyle.

After Jamie’s mother returns and pays Bean for the haircut (which she cannot see as Bean has covered Jamie’s hair with a hat), he returns to his seat just as Derrick returns from the phone, only for it to ring again; Bean then resumes being the substitute hairdresser, and his next customer being a man with a ponytail (Colin Wells) which took virtually two and a half years to grow. While trimming the ponytail, Bean becomes distracted by the magazine the man is reading and accidentally detaches the ponytail. After finishing, Bean uses a portrait of a different ponytailed man over a mirror to deceive him and the man pays Bean and leaves, unaware that his real ponytail has gone.

Bean’s final customer is Roger (Frederick Treves), a man who is supposedly a regular at Derrick’s. After taking off his glasses, Roger mistakes Bean for Derrick due to his poor eyesight and asks for his usual haircut. Bean then proceeds to use the hair clipper but, despite being as careful as he can, he accidentally shaves off Roger’s toupee, causing it to get stuck in the clipper. He remedies it by applying mousse on Roger’s bald spot and using bits of hair from the floor to create a new “toupee” in Mr Bean The Barbershop.

Derrick finally returns from his phone call just as Roger pays him and leaves, and Derrick’s initial confusion intensifies when Jamie’s mother and the man who had the ponytail storm in and demand to know where his supposed assistant (who is nobody other than Bean himself) is as they hate the terrible haircuts he gave (even though Jamie insists he likes his haircut while his mother doesn’t).

Bean sneaks out by disguising his face with the Prince Charles calendar in order to avoid being recognised. Roger then storms in and mistakenly greets Bean as Prince Charles himself thanks to his poor eyesight, before going over to and berating Derrick for his haircut. Bean then finally sneaks out of the door and makes a run for it.

Mr Bean The Barbershop Cast

  • Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean
  • Tony Haase as Derrick (Barber)
  • Colin Wells as Man with ponytail
  • Frederick Treves as Roger
  • George Webb as the Headmaster
  • Robin Driscoll as Railway Station Security Guard
  • C.J. Allen as Carnell
  • Susie McKenna as Jamie’s mum
  • Jamie Yeates as Jamie
  • Matthew Ashforde (uncredicted)

Mr Bean The Barbershop Production

As per the other episodes, studio sequences were recorded before a live audience at Teddington Studios.

On the door of the railway coach next to the English inscription of “MOSCOW”, some mock Cyrillic writing is visible “НПУЛЦА” (npultsa) instead of “МОСКВА”. Co-writer Robin Driscoll made a cameo appearance as the railway guard – his first since “Mr. Bean Goes to Town”. The original recording of the choral theme by the Choir of Southwark Cathedral, was used in the opening titles. However, the end credits incorrectly credited it to the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

Act 1 inspired the Mr. Bean: The Animated Series episode “Haircut”. A train scene inspired by Act 3 was featured in the film Mr. Bean’s Holiday.

Mr Bean The Barbershop Broadcast

“Hair by Mr. Bean of London” was first released on VHS in 1995 as a video exclusive and until 2006, it was the only episode never to air on any British television network. This episode was broadcast overseas and received its Irish premiere on RTÉ One in 2005 – it also aired on ABC in Australia in August 2001 and on TV3 in New Zealand in November 2001.

The episode was first screened on United Kingdom television on 13 August 2006, when it was shown on satellite, pay TV and cable channel Comedy Central Extra (then known as Paramount Comedy 2) and 25 August 2006 on Nickelodeon UK but for some time, it remained the only full-length episode not to air on terrestrial television in the UK. It has since been broadcast on ITV.

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