Reggie Perrin

BBC One announces today that production has commenced on the second series of Reggie Perrin, which will return to screens later this year.

Martin Clunes stars once again in the title role of the troubled everyman Reggie Perrin, alongside Fay Ripley, Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Whitehead, Neil Stuke, Kerry Howard and Jim Howick.

Simon Nye, the writer behind Men Behaving Badly, and David Nobbs, the creator of the original Seventies show The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, have joined forces once more to pen the next instalment of the popular sitcom.

Perrin will comprise of six 30-minute episodes and will be filmed in front of a live studio audience.

We find suburban sales executive Reggie Perrin has crept 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 (Ripley), 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?

Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One, said: “Millions of BBC One viewers enjoyed following the trials and tribulations of Martin Clunes as Reggie Perrin in the last series.

“I am delighted the show will be returning to the channel.”

Cheryl Taylor, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, added: “Reggie Perrin is a vibrant and much-anticipated addition to our comedy offering this year.

“The studio sitcom is a genre we are committed to developing and I’m delighted that we have inspirational writers such as Simon Nye and David Nobbs to help promote the cause.”

The series was commissioned by Jay Hunt and BBC Comedy Commissioning.

It will be produced by Objective Productions (Peep Show, Star Stories), the producer will be Ben Farrell for Objective Productions, the executive producers are Simon Wilson for the BBC and Phil Clarke for Objective Productions.

BBC One has announced today that production has commenced on the second series of Reggie Perrin, which will return to screens later this year.

Martin Clunes stars once again in the title role of the troubled everyman Reggie Perrin, alongside Fay Ripley, Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Whitehead, Neil Stuke, Kerry Howard and Jim Howick.

Simon Nye, the writer behind Men Behaving Badly, and David Nobbs, the creator of the original Seventies show The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, have joined forces once more to pen the next instalment of the popular sitcom. Yes, popular despite everyone’s misgivings about it.

Perrin will comprise of six 30-minute episodes and will be filmed in front of a live studio audience.

We find suburban sales executive Reggie Perrin has crept 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 (Ripley), 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?

Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One, said: “Millions of BBC One viewers enjoyed following the trials and tribulations of Martin Clunes as Reggie Perrin in the last series.

“I am delighted the show will be returning to the channel.”

Cheryl Taylor, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, added: “Reggie Perrin is a vibrant and much-anticipated addition to our comedy offering this year.

“The studio sitcom is a genre we are committed to developing and I’m delighted that we have inspirational writers such as Simon Nye and David Nobbs to help promote the cause.”

Martin Clunes stars as Reggie Perrin

Martin Clunes and Fay Ripley star in the modern day reimagining of David Nobbs’ The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin – and with Simon Nye on board as scriptwriter, the new, simpler title of Reggie Perrin is an interesting beast.

Let’s get the negatives out of the way first. This isn’t hilarious, nor is it groundbreaking. It is a sitcom with few laughs, no wet yourself moments and nothing to compare to something like Not Going Out or Benidorm.

What it does have however is one of the most watchable casts ever assembled for a sitcom, a script that while not providing a laugh every 30 seconds is well written, warm and a realistic portrayal of a marriage between two professionals, interfering in laws and the inanity of rail commuting and corporate brown nosing.

As a man on the edge, Clunes is marvelous as Reggie, employing his increasingly hangdog expression to good use here as a man bored by life, trying to put life into his marriage but being frustrated by nothing more than visits from his mother (Wendy Craig) or his father in law (Geoffrey Whitehead). His fantasies range from kissing gorgeous new colleague Jasmine Strauss (Lucy Liemann ) to launching a wrecking ball through his living room and killing his mother, and these are interspersed into the narrative in such a seamless way that when they occur they’re both shocking and amusing.

It is this aspect to the storytelling of Reggie Perrin that allows the show to create some twists and turns – and throw a massive curveball in the shape of Reggie actually kissing Jasmine rather than fantasizing about it.

With his life slowly unraveling, will Reggie succumb to some terrible depression? Will his marriage be left in tatters?

Or will Reggie leave it all behind, faking a suicide on a deserted beach?

Reggie Perrin returns with Martin Clunes

A superb cast lead by Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly, Doc Martin) and Fay Ripley (Cold Feet) brings this remake of classic britcom The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin into the twenty-first century as creator David Nobbs teams up with Simon Nye (creator and writer of Men Behaving Badly) for this eagerly awaited return.

The new series – simply titled Reggie Perrin – retells the story of a bored, depressed sales executive on the edge.  As head of razorblades at men’s grooming manufactures Groomtech, it’s hardly surprising that Perrin is an everyday chap finding his place in the world increasing distant and under the kosh from daily monotony of work and marriage.

Rebellion brews in Perrin’s mind in the form of increasingly surreal flights of fancy, leading to Reggie beginning to unravel somewhat, to the extent that he begins to fight back, saying what he really thinks to both his wife, his boss, his fellow commuters – and his attractive new colleague, Jasmine Strauss.

If Reggie Perrin is half as good as the original, it will be seen as a success.  Clunes is tailor made for the part of the frustrated sales executive, and if his previous work with Nye is anything to go by this series will put an interesting spin on what happens when a man behaving badly has settled down…

Joining Martin Clunes and Faye Ripley as Reggie and his wife Elisabeth are Wendy Craig (Butterflies, The Royal), Geoffrey Whitehead (Worst Week Of My Life), Neil Stuke (Game On) and Lucy Liemann (Moving Wallpaper).

Reggie Perrin will premier in the week commencing April 18th 2009

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