BBC1 revival of the 1970s comedy. Written by Simon Nye and original creator David Nobbs. Martin Clunes plays the frustrated businessman
- 2009 - 2010
- BBC One
- 12 (2 series)
- Martin Clunes, Fay Ripley, Lucy Liemann, Kerry Howard, Jim Howick, Nick Mohammed, Susan Earl, Neil Stuke and others
- David Nobbs and Simon Nye
- Tristram Shapeero and Dominic Brigstocke
- Ben Farrell and Charlie Hanson
Reggie Perrin retells the story of a sales executive on the edge. An average man finding it increasingly difficult to put up with the monotony of life, the disappointing marriage, the office grind and the daily commute.
Rebellion begins to build in his mind, in the form of increasingly surreal flights of fancy. And, slowly, Reggie begins to say what he really thinks, to his wife, to his boss, to his fellow commuters... and, most dangerously of all, to his new colleague, the beautiful Jasmine Strauss.
Executive producer Phil Clarke told Broadcast magazine that the aim of this project (Objective's first studio sitcom and its first comedy commission for BBC1) was to deliver an accessible family show for a pre-watershed slot.
Clarke continues: "Reggie's still a man in crisis with the modern world, but what's interesting is to look at where the world has changed since the 1970s and where it hasn't. He doesn't, for example, dictate memos to his secretary... he uses email. It's an opportunity to comment on the modern world without being heavy-handed."
The second series finds suburban sales executive Reggie back from the brink with a new zest for his once monotonous life. But will Reggie's ideas for a new way of life appeal to his wife Nicola, who is already at breaking point?
As Reggie tries to slam the door on his old life, can he rid himself of those surreal flights of fancy? And could Reggie's ideas really bring him the fulfilment he seeks?
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