Atkinson launches on Sabbath


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Rowan Atkinson meets the press at a photocall in Madrid for his new spy spoof film Johnny English Returns. The former star of British classics Blackadder and Mr Bean caused controversy at the weekend when he described "many" of the Church of England clerics he had met as "people of such extraordinary smugness and arrogance and conceitedness". Perhaps conveniently, the UK premiere of Johnny English Returns takes place this Sunday, an inconvenient day for clerics to picket the film.