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)
John Horsley ...
 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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Real-life Labour MP (Member of Parliament) John Stonehouse faked his own apparent suicide in exactly the same way as Reginald Perrin - in the summer of 1974 he left his clothes on a beach in Miami and disappeared. However this was pure coincidence: David Nobbs wrote his novel early in 1974, before Stonehouse disappeared (so Nobbs couldn't have based the novel on Stonehouse's disappearance) but the novel wasn't published until 1975, after Stonehouse went missing (so Stonehouse couldn't have got ideas for his disappearance by reading the novel). See more »

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[a board meeting is taking place at Grot Headquarters]
Tom Patterson: I have distributed among you a few campaign ideas - I'm not really a campaign person - and slogans. I won't bore you with my slogan ideas now.
Reginald Perrin: No, no, Tom, I insist that you bore us with them now.
Tom Patterson: Oh. Well, there was one - I'm not really a slogan person - it went: "Go to Grot shops and get an eyeful, of Perrin's Products with a wide range of goods that are really pretty awful".
Reginald Perrin: Excellent, Tom! Perfect!
Tom Patterson: It doesn't rhyme or scan properly.
Reginald Perrin: It ...
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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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