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Written by
David Nobbs Simon Nye

Country of origin
United Kingdom




Directed by
Tristram Shapeero

Final episode date
18 November 2010

Program creators
David Nobbs, Simon Nye

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Reggie Perrin is a modern update of the 1970s BBC sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, which starred Leonard Rossiter. The revival stars Martin Clunes and was first broadcast on 24 April 2009. Series 1 was released on DVD in Region 2 by 2entertain on 1 June 2009. The second series was also released on 22 November 2010.



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On 14 January 2009, it was announced by the BBC that Martin Clunes would star in a contemporary version of the sitcom, taking the title role of Reggie. The remake was commissioned by Jay Hunt, controller of BBC1, and Cheryl Taylor, controller of BBC Comedy. Clunes was joined in the cast by Fay Ripley, Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Whitehead, Neil Stuke, Kerry Howard, Jim Howick and Lucy Liemann. The new version was written by Simon Nye and the original creator of the Reggie character, David Nobbs, who had authored four Reginald Perrin novels as well as the original version of the sitcom.

The first series of the Reggie Perrin revival was broadcast on BBC One, as well as in high definition on BBC HD. Despite disappointing viewing figures for its first series, BBC1 Controller Jay Hunt announced in February 2010 that a second series had been commissioned. Studio segments began filming at Teddington Studios on 2 April, scheduled to run to 7 May. It began airing on 14 October 2010.


Reginald Perrin is a middle-aged project executive for "Groomtech", a manufacturer of grooming products, where he is in charge of disposable razors. Although secure in his marriage, with a paid-for house, no children, a car and a comfortable living, he is dissatisfied with the grind of modern living—such as his daily commute by train, often overcrowded and "27 minutes late" due to a plethora of reasons—and undergoing a mid-life crisis, keeping himself entertained by fantasies. At work, he has to contend with a dim secretary, two fawning but ambitious junior executives, and an overbearing boss, Chris Jackson. Lacking attention from his wife, Nicola, he finds a fantasy distraction in his colleague, Jasmine Strauss. The plot of series one roughly parallels the storyline of the original, however the new series diverges when Reggie decides not to fake his own suicide.


  • Reginald "Reggie" Perrin (Martin Clunes)—Reggie is a man finding it increasingly difficult to put up with the monotony of life, a disappointing marriage, a boring office life and the daily commute. The appearance of Jasmine, a rather attractive new colleague, isn't helping his sanity. Slowly but surely, Reggie is falling to bits. He is now starting to imagine doing things that one shouldn't do in polite society (for example, shooting a boring house guest), and the big problem is he is starting to vocalise some of these thoughts. How long will it be before he loses his marriage, his job and has the almost inevitable midlife crisis or, worse still, breakdown?
  • Nicola Perrin (Fay Ripley)—Nicola is Reggie's wife. Unlike the stay-at-home housewife of the original Perrin, Nicola has her own career, which leads them to spend little quality time together. As a result, Reggie has become a little besotted with Jasmine from work. In the second series, Nicola has lost her job so is at home bored for a lot of the time. She soon finds a close friend (perhaps too close) in new next-door neighbour David.
  • William (Geoffrey Whitehead)—Reggie's ex-army father-in-law, clearly based on Jimmy, the original Perrin's brother-in-law. He drops in at the house at the most inappropriate times—for example, when Reggie is attempting to cook a romantic breakfast for Nicola. William won't take Reggie's hint to leave them alone, and his own hints ("feeling a little giddy, might be food related") are hardly subtle. In fact, William is always seeking food. He seems to eat all his meals at the Perrins' house. Something else William does regularly is almost sit on people—he never looks behind him before sitting down. In the second series, William gets engaged to Reggie's mother Marion. However, he soon wants to call the wedding off.
  • Marion Perrin (Wendy Craig)—Marion is Reggie's mother. She is engaged to Nicola's father William, which is awkward for both Nicola and Reggie. It's also awkward for William—as, now they're over the period of excellent and exciting sex, he's realised he doesn't want to get married. Marion is a forthright woman who knows what she wants and will not take no for an answer; so it looks like William is getting married whether he likes it or not.
  • Chris Jackson (Neil Stuke)—Chris is Reggie's unhinged, over-motivated boss. He didn't get where he is today without being able to recognise a brilliant new squirt-based concept in shaving design when he sees one. How Groomtech survives under his leadership is a mystery, as his ideas and decision-making are far from good. Chris is work obsessed—he sends text messages to his staff in the evenings and at weekends too. It's possible he doesn't even go home. Chris likes to think he is a good people person, but he clearly isn't. For example, sitting in a big high chair looming over your employees is not great for making your staff feel at home. Chris is sacked in Series 2 and Reggie takes over his job. Reggie later hires him to make a commercial for the line of 'Grot'-products. While the commercial and new products become a huge success, Groomtech is eventually sold. Chris then becomes director again, as Reggie had told the new owners that he wasn't fit for the job. Jackson's initials are clearly a reference to CJ, boss of the original Perrin.
  • Jasmine Strauss (Lucy Liemann)—The beautiful Jasmine is the head of balms and lubricants at Groomtech. Elegant, softly-spoken, intelligent and witty—it's hardly surprising that Reggie is becoming besotted with her. However, his obsession comes at a cost—it is starting to jeopardise his work to the extent he may be fired. His inappropriate screen saver is clearly not going to impress when it is discovered, and his inappropriate office kiss most definitely strayed over the border of acceptability.
  • Vicki (Kerry Howard)—Vicki is the secretary at Groomtech. To call her stupid would be flattering her; she is immensely dopey and dim-witted. It is Vicki's job to try and organise Reggie's day—however this proves near impossible, what with Reggie's unpredictable behaviour and the fact most of his comments go over her head. However, Vicki means well and shows concern for Reggie. She is often very emotional. When Reggie compliments her at the end of season 1 she reacts as though being dumped by a lover: "You're getting a younger secretary."
  • Sue (Susan Earl)—Sue is the 'Wellness Person' at Groomtech. It is her job to ensure all the employees are happy and healthy. She's certainly the happiest person in the building, but that's probably because she is too stupid to realise when things aren't going well for her. For example, someone once said to her, "Sue, you're a bit simple" and she somehow took that as a compliment, even though Reggie tries to convince her it really isn't flattering. Patronising to the maximum, Sue is full of 'helpful' sayings and is armed with a stack of self-penned leaflets for pretty much every situation and eventuality. In the second series Reggie is made to take counselling sessions with Sue, although invariably ends up helping her get through her own issues, rather than the other way around.
  • Anthony (Jim Howick) and Steve (Nick Mohammed)— Reggie's deputies, equivalents of the original show's Tony Webster and David Harris-Jones. Ideas men whose ideas and enthusiasm rarely interest Reggie. Both look up to Reggie and will go to any lengths to get in Reggie's good books.
  • David (Alexander Armstrong)—David is Reggie and Nicola's new next door neighbour in Series 2. He is witty, laid-back and seems cool with the fact his neighbours are a bit odd. When Reggie is stuck at work, David pops round to keep Nicola company—a dangerous situation as David is divorced, single and clearly attracted to Nicola.
  • Reception

    John Preston of The Daily Telegraph was negative, describing it as "hopelessly wheezy and club-footed. Part of the problem was that while the script may have been updated, everything else had large tufts of mammoth hair stuck to it: the cheap sets, the laboured direction, the glaringly unatmospheric lighting, the once-daring surrealistic touches, even the concept itself."

    Caitlin Moran of The Times was more positive, saying "I actually like this new one. It gently warmed me. It warmed me as As Time Goes By warms me" and praising Clunes' interpretation: "I engage with the escalating depression and insanity of Clunes's Perrin more than I did with Rossiter's..."


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