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Bernard and the Genie
Bernard and The Genie.jpg
Title card featuring the lamp
Written by Richard Curtis
Directed by Paul Weiland
Starring Lenny Henry
Alan Cumming
Rowan Atkinson
Denis Lill
Angie Clarke
Theme music composer Howard Goodall
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Jacinta Peel
Peter Fincham
Mary Francis
Editor(s) Ian Weil
Cinematography Roger Pratt
Running time 70 min
Distributor BBC
Original release 23 November 1991

Bernard and the Genie is a seventy-minute British TV film co-produced by Attaboy and Talkback for BBC Television. It was first shown on BBC1 on 23 November 1991. Written by comedy writer Richard Curtis, this comic fantasy takes its inspiration from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights and follows Alan Cumming as art dealer Bernard Bottle who is not having a good day.

Sacked by his avaricious boss (Rowan Atkinson) and jilted by his girlfriend, Bernard unintentionally discovers the antique lamp he was given one Christmas actually contains Josephus (Lenny Henry), a real life genie, imprisoned for the last 2000 years for accidentally killing an evil wizard's daughter whilst moonlighting as a knife-thrower.

While Bernard and Josephus struggle to come to terms with their new lives ("At least your girlfriend is buried in the arms of her lover. Mine is buried in an artichoke patch in Jerusalem!"), their attempts to cheer themselves up using magic have unforeseen consequences.

Directed by Paul Weiland, the movie featured actors such as John Gabriel (as the evil wizard), Denis Lill (as lift attendant Frank Kepple) and Gary Whelan as a policeman, as well as cameos from Melvyn Bragg, Bob Geldof, Vincent Hanna, Gary Lineker and Trevor McDonald.

A DVD version of the movie was released for Region 1, albeit unauthorized, on 4 September 2007.[1]


  1. ^ "Bernard and the Genie". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 

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Fri, 16 Apr 2010 13:02:18 -0700

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The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:33:40 -0700

Disney is mounting a live action prequel to Aladdin, the classic 1992 animation best known for the late Robin Williams's exuberant voice work as the famed genie of the lamp. The film will mark the latest reworking of the studio's hand-drawn back ...

Den of Geek!

Den of Geek!
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:18:28 -0700

... I had a massive career rethink." And so Henry came home. The wonderful Bernard And The Genie would follow a year later. He's barely been seen in movies since, though, although he did play a shrunken head in Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

The List

The List
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:43:39 -0700

R is for Rowan Atkinson The rubbery-faced one starred alongside Cumming in Richard Curtis' 1991 Christmas TV drama Bernard and the Genie. The heart-warming romp featured cameos from the unlikely trio of Melvyn Bragg, Bob Geldof and Gary Lineker.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:19:59 -0800

In television, Cumming made his breakthrough performance in the 1991 BBC series Bernard and the Genie. In the US, Cumming made appearances on Sex and the City, Frasier, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The L Word and Mystery!. He also starred in the Sci-Fi ...

Blackmore Vale Magazine

Blackmore Vale Magazine
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:38:52 -0800

Bernard and the Genie is another one, but many people might not remember it, It had Lenny Henry, Alan Cumming and Rowan Atkinson in it and was awesome. Fiona Dart: The Philadelphia Story – The old school glamour of James Stewart, Cary Grant and ...
The Guardian
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:44:11 -0800

The gregarious Scottish actor is an A-lister in the US, but he remains an enigma on this side of the Atlantic. His new memoir sheds light on his eventful life and career – including his father's terrible abuse. Alan Cumming: actor, presenter ...

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