The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin
Mid-life crisis sitcom about a bored executive who fakes his own suicide and seeks to reinvent himself in a desperate search for purpose & contentment
Based on David Nobbs's comic novel The Death Of Reginald Perrin, this era-defining sitcom follows the successive breakdowns and recoveries of put-upon, bored office worker Reginald Perrin.
Our Review: Reginald Perrin, played so well by Leonard Rossiter, was a great character in a great sitcom. The fact the central character was losing his mind opened up a whole world of wonderful comic possibilities (including visions of his mother-in-law as a hippopotamus), and in an era in which growing discontentment with everyday life also saw successes such as The Good Life on television screens, this subversive, quite literally escapist sitcom captured the minds of a nation.