Revival of the 1970s sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. Creator David Nobbs has co-written six new 30-minute episodes for this series, with the help of Men Behaving Badly writer Simon Nye. 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 this project (Objective's first studio sitcom and its first comedy commission for BBC1) is aiming to deliver an accessible family show for a pre-watershed slot. Martin Clunes plays the lead character, and an impressive cast list including Wendy Craig and Geoffrey Whitehead back him up. 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 won't, for example, dictate memos to his secretary and he'll be using email. It's an opportunity to comment on the modern world without being heavy-handed."
While Reggie is busy working on his new Grot product range, David reveals his true colours to Nicola at the swimming baths, and William becomes increasingly desperate in his attempts to get out of the wedding.Watch Now:Amazon
With Nicola's affair with David out in the open, the Perrins clash as Nicola's father and Reggie's mother prepare to tie the knot. Back at Groomtech, Reggie needs to come up with a plan to scupper the chairman's plans to sell the company. Or should he just disappear again?
Reggie continues his search for a fulfilling new career, but money worries are snapping at his heels. Meanwhile, the Perrins discover they have a new next-door neighbour.Watch Now:Amazon
When Groomtech holds it's office party, Reggie finds his crisis coming to a head.Watch Now:Amazon
Reggie is feeling increasingly frustrated and alienated as he realises that he has worked at Groomtech for 10 years. Reggie's boss, Chris Jackson, introduces him to the beautiful Jasmine Strauss, the new head of balms and lubricants. His wife, Nicola, is too busy for him, so Reggie becomes a little besotted with Jasmine and even has a peek in her office.Watch Now:Amazon
After cracking up in front of his colleagues at a sales conference, Reggie has disappeared to the beach. But what should he do next? Walk out to sea, or start a new life? Without Reggie, Groomtech is in big trouble.Watch Now:Amazon
Nicola's dad turns up for breakfast and Reggie's mother turns up unannounced just when Reggie was hoping for a rare romantic evening at home with Nicola. Reggie also finds himself unable to get along with his work colleagues and takes a step too far with Jasmine, Groomtech's new head of balms and lubricants.Watch Now:Amazon
Chris wants Reggie's help with the Groomtech board members when he is after a job.Watch Now:Amazon
Reggie becomes the boss at Groomtech and, armed with the freedom to do as he wishes, decides to have some fun by introducing a new kind of product to the company. Meanwhile, his neglected wife Nicola enjoys the attentions of her new neighbourWatch Now:Amazon
Reggie becomes increasingly frustrated with his life. Nicola, seems to prefer spending time with anyone but him. When he goes to Helsinki on a business trip with the beautiful Jasmine, Reggie's marriage to Nicola faces its biggest test. And Reggie's overbearing boss, Chris, has his eye on him.Watch Now:Amazon
Reggie ponders his life and considers teaching as a possible new career. He enjoys giving a talk at Nicola's school so much that he invites the class to spend a day at Groomtech, although the trip doesn't quite turn out as planned.Watch Now:Amazon