The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976–1979)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 731 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 4 critic

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 »

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Exclusive Trailer

View the Foxcatcher Exclusive trailer with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 11 titles
created 28 Mar 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 14 Apr 2013
 
a list of 214 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 1945 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976–1979)

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976–1979) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1979   1978   1977   1976  
7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Butterflies (1978–1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ria, a happily married suburban housewife, reaches the age where she feels as if life is passing her by. Being taken for granted by her butterfly collecting dentist husband doesn't help. So... See full summary »

Stars: Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer, Bruce Montague
Going Straight (TV Series 1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Following his release from Slade prison, Fletcher tries to stick to the straight and narrow, but it isn't easy!

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Patricia Brake, Richard Beckinsale
Steptoe and Son (1962–1974)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father who run an unsuccessful 'rag and bone' business (collecting and selling junk). Harold (the son) wants to ... See full summary »

Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton
George & Mildred (1976–1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

George and Mildred Roper are forced to leave their home in South Kensington (as the landlords in Man About the House (1973)) when they receive a compulsory purchase order from the council. ... See full summary »

Stars: Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Norman Eshley
Porridge (1974–1977)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay
Executive Stress (1986–1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Stars: Penelope Keith, Elizabeth Counsell, Harry Ditson
Just Good Friends (1983–1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Paul Nicholas, Jan Francis, Sylvia Kay
Hancock's Half Hour (1956–1960)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

TV version of the popular BBC radio show of the same name, with Tony Hancock as the modern man of the world (in his own eyes). Sid James is there to bring him back to earth.

Stars: Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Johnny Vyvyan
Man About the House (1973–1976)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

One morning after a particularly wild party, Chrissy and Jo wake up to find Robin sleeping in their bath. He needs a place to live, they need a flatmate that can cook, so they decide to let... See full summary »

Stars: Richard O'Sullivan, Paula Wilcox, Sally Thomsett
Rising Damp (1974–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants.

Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, Frances de la Tour
Tripper's Day (TV Series 1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Pat Ashton, Gordon Gostelow
Fairly Secret Army (1984–1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A retired British Army major tries to fight the forces of anarchy by setting up a supposedly secret taskforce.

Stars: Geoffrey Palmer, Diane Fletcher, Michael Robbins
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Reginald Perrin (21 episodes, 1976-1979)
Pauline Yates ...
 Elizabeth Perrin (21 episodes, 1976-1979)
John Barron ...
 C.J. (20 episodes, 1976-1979)
Sue Nicholls ...
 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)
...
 Jimmy Anderson / ... (13 episodes, 1976-1979)
Tim Preece ...
 Tom Patterson / ... (9 episodes, 1976-1977)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 September 1976 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Caída y auge de Reginald Perrin  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(21 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[an unemployed Reggie is seeking work at the Labour Exchange]
Labour Exchange Clerk: Why did you leave Sunshine Desserts?
Reginald Perrin: I was, er, ooh, sacked. When I say "I don't want to commute", I am prepared to travel a small distance, of course.
Labour Exchange Clerk: Why were you sacked?
Reginald Perrin: Well, I sort of staged a fake suicide and, er, came back as my long lost friend from... The company car isn't absolutely essential and I am prepared to work weekends.
See more »

Connections

Followed by The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of the All Time Classic Bricoms
31 January 2005 | by (The World Of Tomorrow) – See all my reviews

There's nothing like Reginald Perrin. The only things that approach it are Ronnie Barker's stammering speeches in Open All Hours, or his cockney patter in Porridge, and John Cleese's tantrums in Fawlty Towers. Leonard Rossiter's gift for rattling off a screed like a machine gun is amazing. If Reg Parrin ever did walk into the sea he'd never drown because he never has to stop to take a breath!

Every episode is remarkably simialar. Elizabeth sends him off to work, to which he is invariably late. He fantasizes about his secretary Joan until he's called on the carpet by his boss CJ, who didn't get where he is by . . etc . . . who gives Reg the completely mad assignment of the day.

And then he goes home for the day, where his dinner, which is invariably rizotto, is interrupted by his nutty military brother-in-law's cockup on the catering front, or his pipe smoking son-in-law's latest attempts at nettle wine. And then he thinks about his weekend visit to his mother-in-law whom he pictures as a hippo. I know! It sounds about as boring as anyone's routine. What isn't boring is watching him slowly go into meltdown, and start spouting off like a volcano erupting. It just get's better and better as Reggie's life gets worse and worse.

Reg really does try to make his way through the day. But if you or I had days like his we'd probably turn our hand to eccentric occupations too. But hang on, because with every new twist in his otherwise monotonous road there will be another fall and rise in this roller-coaster ride of a comedy.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
At last!! Finally on USA DVD tlcbasebal
Trevor Adams-Tony Webster modo5472
C.J.'s actual name Khedive214
Original titles of series 2 and 3 stevpj
Did Leonard Rossiter do a Reginald Perrin himself? The_Rusty_Viewer
Poopie-plops flour-girl

Contribute to This Page