I glanced at the telly last night to see Martin Clunes in a clip that looked suspiciously like Reginald Perrin and the found that it is being remade.
My initial thought is WHY!! The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin is one of the great TV comedy shows of the 1970's. Beautifully written by David Nobbs (he's involved in the new one) and played magnificently by Leonard Rossiter. I'm sure many people of a certain age can remember certain catchphrases and scenes with affection, certainly upon watching repeats it has aged well.
In the orignal Perrin is a sales executive for a frozen foods company who realises his life is futile and tries to escape it by faking his own death. He then returns as Reggie and starts a business called Grot which sells totally useless items. He hopes it will fail but everything he does makes it more successful and he and is wife head of to the beach to fake there own deaths. In the final series he starts a therapy centre for bored middle aged people which fails and ends up working as a sales exec and it ends with him considering another trip to the beach. Essentially we are watching a man self destruct at the futility of modern life and strangely that can be funny. Funny? Its hilarious but much of that belongs to the genius that was Rossiter.
There will be differences to the original but I believe it will be fairly faithful to the original at least in concept. Clunes has given himself a tough act to follow, his performance will be compared to a man who was a master. He doesn't need to be good he needs to be brilliant.
It starts Friday 24th April on BBC1, I'll watch it and I'll try and be objectice. Oh the original is being released on DVD.