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Reggie Perrin 

This "finely balanced black comedy" (Guardian, UK) follows a midlevel corporate drone who finds himself in the throes of a midlife crisis.

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David Nobbs
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2   1  
2010   2009  

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Series cast summary:
Martin Clunes ...  Reggie 12 episodes, 2009-2010
Fay Ripley ...  Nicola 12 episodes, 2009-2010
Lucy Liemann ...  Jasmine 12 episodes, 2009-2010
Jim Howick ...  Anthony 12 episodes, 2009-2010
Kerry Howard ...  Vicky 12 episodes, 2009-2010
Nick Mohammed ...  Steve 12 episodes, 2009-2010
Geoffrey Whitehead ...  William 11 episodes, 2009-2010
Susan Earl Susan Earl ...  Sue / ... 11 episodes, 2009-2010
Neil Stuke ...  Chris 10 episodes, 2009-2010
Wendy Craig ...  Marion 10 episodes, 2009-2010
Alexander Armstrong ...  David 5 episodes, 2010
Colin McFarlane ...  Mr. Fox 5 episodes, 2010
Laurence Howarth Laurence Howarth ...  Colin 4 episodes, 2009
Justin Edwards ...  Monty 3 episodes, 2009
Sally Lindsay Sally Lindsay ...  Tea Lady 3 episodes, 2010
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ...  Chauffeur 3 episodes, 2010
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Reggie Perrin has a cushy job as head of innovation in a men's body care products firm, but philosophically hates meaningless office life. He's equally unhappy with commuting, his dull marriage, his parents, his colleagues and especially his cry boss Chris. Yet he never does anything about this life, even tends to help his hated significant others out of a pickle. Written by KGF Vissers

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Trivia

The series was recorded in front of a studio audience like sitcoms of a previous era. See more »

Quotes

Reggie Perrin: That's the trouble with living for the moment. Buggers up the next moment.
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Referenced in Come Fly with Me: Episode #1.1 (2010) See more »

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I was expecting it to be awful.....
26 April 2009 | by VictorianCushionCatSee all my reviews

...but it was actually pretty good.

I'm a massive fan of the original 3 series, if not the 1996 comeback with the original characters. And of course Leonard Rossiter did an extremely rare thing of being a legend with both Rigsby in Rising Damp, and Reggie Perrin. Therefore when I saw the reports that they were to do a remake, I groaned. So when the first new episode came on the other evening, expectations were minimal.

To be fair, on it's own merits, compared to the rotten standard of mainstream comedy in recent years, I felt it was fairly funny, enjoyable enough if not classic first episode. There's little danger of it coming anywhere close to the real version, but all in all, not a bad effort.

Martin Clunes is good as a 'hangdog' Reggie, but with none of the nervous dynamite that Rossiter's Reggie had, still who could compare? I can't see that they'll also have anywhere like the 'ensemble' of the original. Chris Jackson for example is no CJ, but again, how could he be?

Therefore I'd say new Reggie was watchable, and the best of what is a pretty lame bunch these days (mainstream BBC comedies) and there were definitely some funny moments/lines. Added to that there is an interest in the 'executive disillusionment' theme 30+ years on.

But as is so often the case with remakes, by all means see it, and if you like it, do what I did a few years ago and treat yourself to a DVD set of the first incarnation, now that's Reggie!


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