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

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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 ... 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)
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)
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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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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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Remade as Reggie (1983) See more »

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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.


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