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on 8 August 2003
Rather like 'Dad's Army', the Reginald Perrin concept was an ensemble piece rather than a strict sitcom. Every character got a few lines something to say in virtually every episode, even if those lines were very similar to what they'd said in previous episodes.
Series One of Reggie was genuinely innovative in its portrayal of the bored, stressed-out executive looking for an escape. It even included distracted visions of a mother-in-law/hippopotamus, later recaptured in 'I'm Alan Partridge' as Partridge fantasizes about pole-dancing. Series Two and Three of Reggie contained rather less innovation, and even dropped the visions.
I enjoyed Series Three in the late 1970s as a university student, in part because my parents still couldn't understand the humour, and it's nice to have something that's yours and not theirs. I enjoyed it for the shy vet, the aggressive unintelligible Scottish chef, the transformation of David into an extremely shy sex therapist, and Tony's wonderful new range of catchphrases. Yes, this is DVD City, Arizona.
I'm not sure whether the Perrin concept was laid to rest here because David Nobbs ran out of ideas, or because Leonard Rossiter died. It's great to see these episodes again. There are no additional features on this DVD.
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