In sitcom The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin put upon suburbanite Reginald Iolanthe Perrin has a mid life crisis, fakes his own death and tries to start a new life.
Later he starts his own super successful business and in season three decides to start a commune.
The series has achieved iconic status principally down to the performance of Leonard Rossiter. His fast-talking, surreal-musing creation was pure comic genius.Rebel Reginald Perrin, who turned his back on being a wage slave, became the patron saint of those in suits on the 7.50am from Purley Oaks. Then there was the quality of the basic idea, the scripts and the strength of the other characters.
See also The Legacy of Reginald Perrin.
UK / BBC One / 21×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1976-79
Writer: David Nobbs / Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst / Producers: John Howard Davies, Gareth Gwenlan
LEONARD ROSSITER as Reggie
PAULINE YATES as Elizabeth Perrin
JOHN BARRON as CJ
SUE NICHOLLS as Joan Greengoss
GEOFFREY PALMER as Jimmy
JOHN HORSLEY as Doc Morrissey
TREVOR ADDAMS as Tony Webster
BRUCE BOULD as David Harris-Jones
SALLY JANE SPENCER as Linda
TIM PREECE as Tom (serials 1-2)
LESLIE SCHOFIELD as Tom (serials 3)
THERESA WATSON as Prue Harris-Jones
DAVID WARWICK as Mark