The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin: Season 3, Episode 5

Timebomb (3 Jan. 1979)

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After Reggie is interviewed on television another twenty-two guests turn up,including Mr. Johnson, a dissatisfied black teacher who cannot get the sack for fears of racism, and Deborah ... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pauline Yates ...
John Barron ...
John Horsley ...
Trevor Adams ...
Sue Nicholls ...
Bruce Bould ...
Leslie Schofield ...
Sally-Jane Spencer ...
Theresa Watson ...
Joseph Brady ...
Terence Alexander ...
Clive 'Lofty' Anstruther
Hilary Tindall ...
Deborah Swaffham
Colin Pillock


After Reggie is interviewed on television another twenty-two guests turn up,including Mr. Johnson, a dissatisfied black teacher who cannot get the sack for fears of racism, and Deborah Swaffham,a nymphomaniac, who tries it on with all the male staff in turn though, when they go to her room as invited, she is not there. 'Lofty' Anstruther,Jimmy's old business partner,who cheated him,also arrives,swearing he needs help with his redemption. Unfortunately money starts to go missing. Plainly it is down to 'Lofty' especially as he too disappears. After Reggie has fallen off a drainpipe whilst trying to escape Deborah's amorous clutches, Lofty returns. He has lost all the stolen money on the horses and now wants a genuine cure. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Reggie makes another appearance on 'Pillock Talk', hosted by the unctuous Colin Pillock ( Timothy Carlton ). After answering questions in monosyllables, he then gives incredibly long-winded replies that befuddle the host.

Back at Perrins, things could not be better. But storm clouds are gathering on the horizon - firstly, Jimmy's old army pal ( and professional con man ) Clive 'Lofty' Anstruther ( Terence Alexander )shows up, begging for rehabilitation. After being accepted, he proceeds to rob everyone in the place. Secondly, new arrival Deborah Swaffham ( Hilary Tindall ) is a nymphomaniac who tries to seduce every man she meets, even Doc Morrissey and C.J. She has a peculiar habit of inviting men to her room, and then not being there when they arrive. Her sights are on Reggie, but he escapes her amorous advances by climbing down a drain pipe ( which breaks ).

An above average Season 3 episode, mainly due to the rematch between Reggie and the pompous Colin Pillock. A touch of 'Rigsby' creeps into Reggie's character in the scene where a young black man complains about the racial prejudice he endures at work. Reggie assumes he is a bus conductor, but he is in fact a school teacher.

Man hungry Deborah Swaffham is played by the sultry Hilary Tindall, whom I used to fancy when she was in the B.B.C. drama 'The Brothers'. Her picture was on my bedroom wall, along with those of Gabrielle Drake, Sheila White and Maddy Smith. I was devastated to read in a newspaper in 1992 that Hilary had passed away from cancer. Terence Alexander was 'Charlie Hungerford' in the long-running B.B.C. detective show 'Bergerac'.

Funniest moment - when valuables go missing, Reggie pleads for sympathy and understanding of the thief. The thefts continue, and his patience finally snaps: "Help me nail the sod!".

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