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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Caída y auge de Reginald Perrin  »

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Reginald Perrin's full name is Reginald Iolanthe Perrin. His middle name is due to the fact that he was born during a performance of the Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera "Iolanthe." His initials also make up the acronym RIP for "Rest in Peace," the designation for a deceased person, a reference to his repeated phony suicides. See more »

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C.J.: There's no smoke without the worm turning.
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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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