BBC Television comedy detailing the fortunes of Reginald Iolanthe Perrin. Disillusioned after a long career at Sunshine Desserts, Perrin goes through a mid-life crisis and fakes his own ... See full summary »
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 Reginald Perrin (21 episodes, 1976-1979)
Pauline Yates ...
 Elizabeth Perrin (21 episodes, 1976-1979)
John Barron ...
 C.J. / ... (20 episodes, 1976-1979)
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 Joan Greengross (20 episodes, 1976-1979)
Trevor Adams ...
 Tony Webster (20 episodes, 1976-1979)
Bruce Bould ...
 David Harris-Jones (20 episodes, 1976-1979)
Sally-Jane Spencer ...
 Linda Patterson / ... (16 episodes, 1976-1979)
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 Doc Morrissey (14 episodes, 1976-1979)
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 Jimmy Anderson / ... (13 episodes, 1976-1979)
Tim Preece ...
 Tom Patterson / ... (9 episodes, 1976-1977)
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BBC Television comedy detailing the fortunes of Reginald Iolanthe Perrin. Disillusioned after a long career at Sunshine Desserts, Perrin goes through a mid-life crisis and fakes his own death. Returning in disguise after various attempts at finding a 'new life', he gets his old job back and finds nothing has changed. He is eventually found out, and in the second series has success with a chain of shops selling useless junk. That becomes so successful that he feels he has created a monster and decides to destroy it. In the third and final series he has a dream of forming a commune which his long suffering colleagues help bring to reality. Unfortunately that also fails and he finds himself back in a job not unlike the one he originally had at Sunshine Desserts. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Caída y auge de Reginald Perrin  »

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The streets in Reggie Perrin's neighborhood, the signs for which he is regularly seen walking by to and from work ("Wordsworth Drive," "Tennyson Avenue" and "Coleridge Close") are named after the famous British 19th century poets, William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In the last episode of the series, when Reginald Perrin has taken another executive job in a large corporation, like the one he had at the beginning of the series, the street signs when he walks to work now read Liebnitz Drive, Bertrand Russell Rise and Schopenhauer Grove. These streets are named after the philosophers Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Bertrand Arthur William Russell and Arthur Schopenhauer. See more »

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Ad Man: What about sex? What sort of sex angle do you want on this thing?
Reginald Perrin: How about 'I like to stroke my nipple with strawberry lichee ripple'?
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Followed by The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (1996) See more »

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IMO One of the very best Comedy Series ever made
7 June 2006 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

First I must confess to a crush on Elizabeth (Pauline Yates).

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin is one of those rare comedy series that I can watch over and over without tiring of it. Its easy to become attached to the characters as they are all lovable (even CJ). In fact I even missed the original actor who played Tom (Reggie's 'Straggely-mustached,Bearded-Prig' Son-in-Law) in the first two series when he was replaced by another actor in Series three. I felt this unfortunate because by that time the 'original' Tom had really got the part down to a tee.

I first saw this show as a young lad in England when it was originally released in the mid '70s so I'm probably a little biased - it certainly has much nostalgic value to me, but judging by the ratings the show has so far (9 out of 10 ), I think I'm right in my estimation of this as a 10.

Also, I feel the late Leonard Rossiter gave a very great gift to many many people - he made Reggie on of the most enduring and well-loved characters in British comedy. He was the perfect Reggie Perrin.


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