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The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin was a British sitcom starring Leonard Rossiter in the title role. The screenplay was adapted by David Nobbs[?] from his own Reginald Perrin[?] novels.

The original three series, all of the same name, were broadcast between 1976 and 1979, and a fourth, The Legacy of Reginald Perrin, followed in 1996.

The basis of the plot is the mid-life crisis experienced by Perrin as he becomes desperate to escape his dreary life as a sales executive at Sunshine Desserts. At the end of the first series he fakes his own suicide by leaving his clothes on a beach in Dorset and running into the sea. In the second series he remarries his wife, they build a successful business ("Grot") but the two of them fall into the same boredom that Reggie suffered before, so at the end of the second series they fake a joint suicide. In the third series, Reggie and his wife open a therapy centre for bored middle-aged people. The fourth series shows the effect of Reggie's legacy, a fortune left to his friends and family but with strange conditions attached.


  • Reginald Iolanthe Perrin - Leonard Rossiter
  • Joan Greengross, his secretary - Sue Nicholls
  • CJ, his boss - John Barron (CJ is fond of pompous statements beginning "I didn't get where I am today by ...")
  • Elizabeth Perrin, his wife - Pauline Yates
  • Mark, their son
  • Linda Patterson, their daughter - Sally-Jane Spencer
  • Tom Patterson, her husband - Tim Preece and Leslie Schofield

External Link Reggie Perrin fan site (http://www.pf757.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/reggie/index2.htm)

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