The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin: Season 1, Episode 6

Trying a Frenchman, Welshman, Scotsman and an Italian (13 Oct. 1976)

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Reggie tries out various new identities,including Lord Amherst,which attracts the attention of the comely Jean,and Donald Potts,which attracts the less comely Miss Pershore. However he ... See full summary »

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Pauline Yates ...
John Barron ...
Bruce Bould ...
Trevor Adams ...
Sally-Jane Spencer ...
Linda
Anne Cunningham ...
Jean Timpkins
Ken Wynne ...
Mr. Deacon
Hilary Mason ...
Mrs. Deacon
Charmian May ...
Miss Pershore
Roger Brierley ...
Mr. Thorneycroft
Pamela Manson ...
Barmaid
John Forbes-Robertson ...
Henry Possett
David Millett ...
Landlord (as David Millet)
Violet Kane ...
Neighbour (as Vi Kane)
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Reggie tries out various new identities,including Lord Amherst,which attracts the attention of the comely Jean,and Donald Potts,which attracts the less comely Miss Pershore. However he misses Elizabeth and is upset to find that,since she assumes that Reggie is dead,she is seeing an old flame,Henry. He even encounters them whilst pretending to be an Italian,though she fails to recognize him,as do his work colleagues when he sits near them in their local pub. Finally he gets a job in a sewage works. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Opening credits: Reggie Perrin, 46, has disappeared, clothes found abandoned on beach. Presumed dead. Still very much alive! See more »

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Reggie Reincarnated
18 May 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Reggie has done it. He has broken away from his old life at Sunshine Desserts, and begun a new carefree, responsibilities-free existence. But what should be now be? At first, he wanders like a nomad around the countryside, pretending to be different people, including Lord Wesley Amhurst. His impersonation fools the lovely Jean Timpkins ( Anne Cunningham ), who tries to seduce him.

Bored, he heads back to Sunshine Desserts - in disguise, of course. At a pub, he is appalled to find C.J., David Harris-Jones and Tony Webster barely acknowledging his existence.

At his former home, he learns from a neighbour that Elisabeth is seeing her old sweetheart Henry Possett. Deciding to come in from the cold, Reggie goes to see daughter Linda...

Supposing you had 'died' but were able to come back as someone else? Reggie does that here, with a series of characters that look straight of 'The Dick Emery Show' including a comic Welshman and an Italian tourist with big teeth. It is only when he adopts the persona of 'lazy, criminal drunkard' Donald Potts that the episode gets into first gear. Potts/Perrin moves into a boarding house where all the lights go off whenever the landlady watches B.B.C.-2. Here he meets Miss Pershore ( the late Charmian May ), a batty spinster who offers him her virginity, which he understandably refuses. Reggie's loneliness is assuaged in the form of letters written to Elisabeth. These cannot be sent, of course.

Linda Cunningham, who plays 'Jean', was Elsie Tanner's daughter 'Linda Cheveski' in 'Coronation Street'. 'Henry Possett' is John Forbes-Robertson, who was 'Count Dracula' in Hammer's 'The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires'. Why Elisabeth wants to marry him is difficult to fathom. He is even creepier than C.J.

Funniest moment - Reggie, now working at a sewage farm, falls in the stuff and gets up commuters' noses when he catches the bus home.


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