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8 September 1976 (UK) See more »
BBC Television comedy detailing the fortunes of Reginald Iolanthe Perrin. Disillusioned after a long career at Sunshine Desserts... See more »
7 nominations See more »
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All you can say is "Wow!!!" See more (19 total) »


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Leonard Rossiter ... 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)

Geoffrey Palmer ... Jimmy Anderson / ... (13 episodes, 1976-1979)
Tim Preece ... Tom Patterson / ... (9 episodes, 1976-1977)

Series Directed by
Gareth Gwenlan (20 episodes, 1976-1979)
Series Writing credits
David Nobbs (21 episodes, 1976-1979)

Series Produced by
Gareth Gwenlan .... producer (20 episodes, 1976-1979)
Series Original Music by
Ronnie Hazlehurst (21 episodes, 1976-1979)
Series Film Editing by
Bill Harris (7 episodes, 1977)
Dan Rae (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Graham Walker (6 episodes, 1976)
Series Production Design by
Pamela Lambooy (6 episodes, 1977-1979)
Jon Pusey (4 episodes, 1977)
Gloria Clayton (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Lesley Bremness (3 episodes, 1976)
Barbara Gosnold (3 episodes, 1976)
Series Costume Design by
Janet Tharby (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Makeup Department
Dawn Alcock .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1976)
Christine Whitney .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1977)
Fran Needham .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Series Art Department
Stewart Austin .... graphic design / graphic designer (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Sound Department
Bill Wild .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1977)
Rodney Bond .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jack Sudic .... sound: studio (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Basil Harris .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1976)
Laurie Taylor .... studio sound / sound: studio (6 episodes, 1976)
Malcolm Johnson .... sound: studio (4 episodes, 1977)
Jeff Booth .... sound: studio (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Reg Pope .... film cameraman / film camerman (14 episodes, 1976-1977)
John Dixon .... studio lighting (13 episodes, 1977-1979)
Alec Curtis .... film cameraman (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Brian Clemett .... studio lighting (5 episodes, 1976)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janet Tharby .... costume (11 episodes, 1976-1977)
Christian Dyall .... costume (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Series Editorial Department
John Barclay .... vision mixer (1 episode, 1978)
Series Other crew
John B. Hobbs .... production assistant (20 episodes, 1976-1979)

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30 min (21 episodes)
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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 »
[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 almost rhymes and scans properly, that's the important thing. This is exactly what I'm paying you for.
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
All you can say is "Wow!!!", 23 February 2009
Author: Sebastian (sts-26) from Canada

There is no shortage of excellent sitcoms - the U.S. gave us Seinfeld, and Soap, the Brits Good Neighbors, Fawlty Towers and Butterflies. The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, rises above even these, and is a true masterpiece of television.

What makes The Fall and Rise so exceptional is its incredible depth. While other shows were content to earn certain points and then coast (e.g. Seinfeld acts as a catalog of ridiculously mutated and twisted social convention, but rarely moves beyond it) The Rise and Fall never lets up on its observations, criticisms and offering of wild and crazy solutions, providing a hero who sees everything wrong with the world and is desperate and willing to change as much as possible.

The absurdity of corporate culture, suburban monotony, flaky post-hippie child-rearing concepts, condescendingly manipulative advertising and marketing, sexism, racism, class conflict, are hung, drawn and quartered for laughs. And Leonard Rositter's posturing and snarking make it surreal. It is Voltaire, Brecht.

Of course, the hero's plans rarely turn out as he expected, and Perrin is constantly thrown off course as each of his absurd plots is met by an even more absurd response from the world. Rositter's Perrin reacts with even more absurdity, all the while stammering and mugging to underline the fact that, well, that's life.

The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin, is a must to television viewing as Mozart is to music, Citizen Kane to cinema, and Dickens to reading. You will probably like it, but even if you don't, it will do you great good, and be the yardstick by which you judge all other related material.

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