David Nobbs obituary

Comic writer best known for his Reginald Perrin novels, serialised for television starring Leonard Rossiter

David Nobbs, who has died aged 80, became established in the 1960s as a gag writer for popular performers of the day such as David Frost and Frankie Howerd. This funded his greater ambitions as a novelist, and in 1975 he struck gold with The Death of Reginald Perrin, in which office politics and meeting-filled drudgery at Sunshine Desserts make Reggie Perrin so fear that “his past was his future’s jailer” that he fakes suicide and assumes a fresh identity. A much-loved television adaptation, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, starring Leonard Rossiter as Perrin and Pauline Yates as his long-suffering wife, Elizabeth, ran between 1976 and 1979, and Nobbs embarked on a series of sometimes interconnected novels and scripts chronicling changes to British life across the decades.

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Pauline Yates obituary

Stage and screen actor who played Reggie Perrin’s long-suffering wife in the television comedy

The gentle good nature of the BBC’s anarchic 1970s comedy The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin that made it such a hit owed much to the innocent yet tacitly conspiratorial support of Reggie Perrin’s wife, Elizabeth, played by Pauline Yates, who has died aged 85. She was a spirit of domestic calm in the mayhem created by David Nobbs’s other characters, led by Leonard Rossiter as the erratic Reggie Perrin, whose bizarre behaviour she treated as normal and in need of no explanation.

The show ran for three series between 1976 and 1979, in the course of which Elizabeth became almost as serenely batty as Reggie. Although she was practically teetotal, Yates needed a large gin and tonic at the end of each recording.

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Reginald Perrin actress Pauline Yates dies, aged 85

Actress Pauline Yates has died, aged 85.

The British star was best known for her starring role in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin from 1976 to 1979, as the title character's wife Elizabeth Perrin opposite Leonard Rossiter.

She also played the wife of comic-strip artist Dudley Rush (Robert Gillespie) in Keep It In the Family, and starred in Bachelor Father.

Yates's family have said that she "died peacefully in her sleep" yesterday (January 21) in Denville Hall nursing home in Northwood, Middlesex.

During a career that spanned six decades, Yates became a regular performer in 1960s TV series, including Armchair Theatre, Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, Gideon's Way, Nightingale's Boys, The Human Jungle and The Ronnie Barker Playhouse.

She returned as Elizabeth Perrin for The Legacy of Reginald Perrin in 1996, and continued to perform on stage. Her most recent roles were in Rose and Maloney and Doctors in the early 2000s.

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[TV] Win The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin!

Hey Britcom fans! To celebrate the release of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin: The Complete Series on DVD today, JustPressPlay is giving away three copies of the box set! If you have heard of it, you know the series has "Comedy Classic" written all over it. In short, it's about a business man at the end of his rope and the funny things he begins to do as he loses his mind. Or you could read our review!

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[DVD Review] The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin: The Complete Series

Like much of the very best of classic British comedy, the likes of Steptoe and Son (remade for the Us as Sanford and Son) and `Till Death Us Do Part (remade as All In The Family), The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin was a zeitgeist television program that effectively captured the idiosyncrasies of a cultural and political climate on the verge of a major shift in values.

Adapted by writer David Hobbs from his own darkly comic series of novels, the short, sharp shock of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin comprised three seasons, and effectively a beginning, middle and end that encompassed one ordinary man’s complete mental breakdown brought about by the suffocating monotony of the everyday.

A comedy of manners that slighted both the middle class and the rise of consumerism in English society, each episode began with the now iconic title sequence that showed
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