Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars in this modern take on the classic British comedy The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. Bored at work, neglected at home, Reggie is having a midlife crisis. He turns for escape to surreal flights of fancy, narrowly escaping disaster and preserving the respectable veneer of a successful businessman in the city - for the moment. Fay Ripley (Cold Feet) is his long-suffering wife. Seen on public television. Includes Series 1 and 2. 12 episodes, 5¾ hrs, 2 DVDs, SDH. Mature audiences.
Disc 1: Series 1
Neglected at home and bored at work, Reggie finds interest only in a glamorous new colleague named Jasmine. His boss, however, would prefer him to focus his attentions on a marketing campaign for a line of pumice products. Reggie comes up with an elegant solution.
Reggie finds two unwelcome intruders interfering in his marriage to Nicola: his mother and his wife's father. As if that isn't enough, his ill-advised advances at the office bring a third outsider into the marriage, in the shape of the lovely Jasmine.
Ever searching for a new diversion, Reggie spends a day guest teaching at his wife's high school. But when he invites the class to spend a day with him at Groomtech, Reggie shows his judgment with teenagers is just about as bad as it is with adults.
As Groomtech Industries tries to go global, Reggie and Jasmine take a business trip to Helsinki to pursue a potential new corporate partner. Reggie's sales pitch wins over his hosts, but his marriage may not be as successful.
Groomtech's future is on the line, and it's up to Reggie to save the day. He must help his boss, Chris, persuade the board of directors that Chris is the right man for the job. As for himself, Reggie remains unconvinced he is the right man for any job.
Reggie seems even more stressed than usual--and the office party threatens to be the final straw. He trades in his briefcase for a suitcase and heads off to a deserted beach, bracing himself for a new outlook.
Disc 2: Series 2
Reggie's back and ready to start the next chapter of his life. After a little role reversal in the Perrin household, Nicola gets fired from her teaching post and Reggie tries to find a local job. Meanwhile, their parents have some profoundly disturbing news.
Believing self-sufficiency is the answer to the Perrins' problems, Reggie takes to making bread and trying to sell it at the farmers' market. But Nicola wants the old Reggie back and persuades him to return to Groomtech.
Reggie begins to get used to the perks of his new position and sets about revamping Groomtech Industries. But the more satisfied he becomes at work, the unhappier Nicola feels at home. Her father shares her discontentment and seeks Reggie's advice.
The Groomtech staff fear that Reggie is running the company into the ground. But when the surprisingly good sales figures come in, everyone must reconsider--including the chairman of the board, who gives Reggie an unpleasant ultimatum.
Reggie is so engrossed in his work that he fails to see what is happening at home. He also discovers the downside of his success at Groomtech and what the chairman plans for the newly attractive corporation.
Reggie has to meet with a potential buyer for Groomtech Industries--and knows that if he blows the deal, everyone will be out of work. Matters reach the breaking point when he realizes who the new boss will be.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 341 minutes
Number of discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR. Contains partial nudity and strong language.
"Scathing and uproariously funny"--Evening Times (UK)
"Finely balanced black comedy"--The Guardian (UK)