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A good effort in its own right.,
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This review is from: Reggie Perrin - Series 1 [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
I'm not a great fan of remakes as, generally, they tend to result in contrived efforts. However, I agree with the early reviews in this case and say that Reggie Perrin 2009 deserves to be considered in its own right; it is too simple write it off as just another remake.
That said, the occasional tribute to the original does crop now and then, but as a worthy acknowledgement.
The series is as slick as you would hope for from the BBC in 2009. The casting is pretty much perfect, although as it was a relatively short run of episodes I couldn't help but think that it needs a second series to really develop the supporting characters (in fairness, you could say the same for most new series nowadays). As usual, Martin Clunes was as dry as tinder, but that is perhaps why he's proven an excellent choice for the lead here.
Without giving the game away I can only say that there are some extremely funny moments; and they are not necessarily restricted to some of Reggie's more surreal episodes, which are cleverly enough executed to catch the viewer off guard upon a first viewing.
Whilst production values are high for the most part, I didn't award that fifth star because the canned laughter really lets the whole thing down - besides being inappropriate, it is far too loud. I'd have thought that modern Reggie would appeal to a target audience sophisticated enough not to need any help in spotting the jokes. Canned laughter aside, the only other point I'd make is that 30 minutes per episode isn't really enough time to justice to this - and that is due to the very fact that, overall, it's fairly well polished.
A good effort, which puts some original spin on an established idea. Don't dismiss it too lightly.
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Initial post: 27 Jul 2010 05:02:50 BDT
J. M. Welsh says:
Agreed with everything you've said...this version deserves it's due (even though I don't think it really gets good until the last three episodes)! But it's NOT canned laughter, I promise. I was lucky enough to be in the (rather huge) studio audience out at Teddington Studios to see an episode being filmed. A hilarious night and well worth the taxi ride. The BBC hired a professional comedian to entertain the crowd in between takes, but really they could have saved their money. This show is MUCH funnier live and I can promise you there were more than a few scenes that had to be re-shot because the audience was laughing too loudly! Of course Martin Clunes is always eager to please any live audience, but it's Faye Ripley and "the secretary" who really pulled the strings the night I was there. FYI, even the off-set scenes have live laughter...in between takes, they're shown to the audience so the reaction can be recorded.
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