The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin DVD


Adapted by David Nobbs from his novel The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin brilliantly captured the mid-1970s zeitgeist. It opened each week with a naked Reggie walking out into the sea to end it all before rapidly rethinking the whole idea and told the story of a man desperate to escape his loving but dull marriage disappointing offspring and the daily grind of his job. The first series - while hilariously funny - was incredibly dark focusing on a man in nervous breakdown. Each week Reggie's behaviour becomes more erratic his excuses to his secretary for lateness... weirder and weirder (22 minutes late Joan: a badger ate a junction box at New Malden) and his fantasies of seducing her more vivid. The mere mention of his mother-in-law is enough to send an image of a hippo lumbering through his head and each episode ends with Reggie screaming in frustration. Ultimately he fakes his own death but is reunited with wife Elizabeth when he attends his funeral in disguise and can't resist wooing her all over again. Reggie returned a year later bent on setting up a new business Grot selling useless goods. It was of course a massive success leaving Reggie trapped back in the rat race. For the third less successful series he abandoned wage-slavery again this time setting up a commune for his former co-workers. A brilliant satire the programme will also be remembered for its catchphrases including Reggie's boss CJ's I didn't get where I am today by... and Reggie's brother-in-law Jimmy constantly cadging food on the basis of a bit of a cock-up on the catering front. Above all there was Leonard Rossiter's brilliant performance as Reginald Iolanthe Perrin. RIP to both. [show more]

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27 April 2009
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. This definitive collection includes all 21 episodes from the three series of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, as well as an array of additional features which are new to DVD, including the post-Reggie series The Legacy of Reginald Perrin and a special 1982 Christmas sketch. The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin remains one of the greatest comedies ever broadcast. From a terminally frustrated commuter who fakes his own suicide, to the boss of Grot, a shop selling useless junk, to running a commune for the middle-aged and the middle-class, Reginald Perrin – and his family and colleagues – provided a hilarious satire on modern life. The magnificent performance of Leonard Rossiter held the series together, but the show also boasted David Nobbs’ consistently witty scripts and a supporting cast of fantastic characters and a host of enduring catchphrases. The series The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (made after the sad death of Rossiter) saw the return of Jimmy, CJ, Tom, Doc and the others, as a deceased Reggie’s will inspires them to do something totally and utterly absurd. And, from the BBC’s The Funny Side of Christmas (which featured festive versions of top comedy shows) comes a five-minute sketch of Reggie’s Christmas Day. The BBC Comedy Connections documentary on the making of the series completes this comprehensive collection.   Extras:  The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (7episodes) Comedy Connections  & The Funny Side Of Christmas (short sketch)

All 21 episodes of the 1970s comedy series starring Leonard Rossiter as Reginald Perrin, plus the post-Rossiter series 'The Legacy of Reginald Perrin' (1996), and a 1982 Christmas sketch. In the first series, life changes forever for Reggie when he imagines his mother-in-law as a hippo one morning and realises how stressed he is. Reggie begins a one-man campaign against his dull, routine commuter existence, embodied by his boss at Sunshine Desserts, C.J. (John Barron), yes-men colleagues Tony 'Knockout!' Webster (Trevor Adams) and David 'Super!' Harris-Jones (Bruce Bould), incompetent medico Doc Morrissey (John Horsley) and secretary Joan (Sue Nicholls). In Series 2, Reggie, having faked his own death, has adopted the new identity of Martin Wellbourne, his own long-lost friend from Brazil, and re-married his wife, Elizabeth (Pauline Yates). Reggie has also obtained a job at his old firm, Sunshine Desserts, running his own memorial fund. However, tired of pretending to be somebody else, Reggie reveals his true identity - only to be sacked by C.J.: 'I didn't get where I am today by pretending to be my long-lost friend from Brazil'. After an unsatisfying spell on a pig farm, Reggie comes up with a whole new concept in shopping: a store where everything sold is guaranteed 100% useless. He names his new enterprise Grot, and surprises even himself with his success. In the third series, Reggie and Elizabeth, having sold Grot, soon tire of their new lives as travellers, and decide to set up a special community to help people live in peace and harmony. All the old gang are recruited, including Reggie's former boss, C.J., colleagues David and Tony, Doc Morrissey and brother-in-law Jimmy (Geoffrey Palmer) - but will their best efforts meet with success? 'The Legacy of Reginald Perrin' catches up with the characters from the series years later as they are forced to perform silly acts in order to benefit financially from Reggie's will.

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