Bernard and the Genie is a 1991 made for TV British film directed by Paul Weiland and starring Lenny Henry, Rowan Atkinson, Denis Lil, and Alan Cumming. The story follows Bernard Bottle (Cumming), an art dealer who is having a particularly bad day. Bernard has been fired, dumped by his girlfriend, and his apartment has been robbed save for an antique lamp. With nothing left, Bernard picks up the lamp and realizes that it contains a genie. The genie, named Josephus (Henry), grants Bernard unlimited wishes. At first, Bernard cannot believe his luck, but as he begins wishing for more extravagant things, he finds himself in all kinds of trouble. The police begin to suspect Bernard for thievery when one of the world's most famous paintings somehow ends up in his possession. For his performance in the film Alan Cuming won Best TV Comedy Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards.