There was a previous recording on this tape, an ITV drama, but no clues what it was.
Then, there’s the last episode of the first series of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. Reggie attends his own memorial, disguised as an old friend of Reggie’s who’s been living in Brazil.
I do love Reggie Perrin, but even I was surprised that, by the end of the episode, where Reggie, still disguised as Martin Wellbourne, has proposed to his wife Elizabeth, and they’ve just told the family, they are sitting together, and Elizabeth, who knows Martin is Reggie but hasn’t told Reggie she knows, says “You know, I’ve completely forgotten Reggie ever existed” and Martin/Reggie says quietly “Good. Good.” and suddenly I’m in floods of tears. Comedy about farting furniture and catchphrases isn’t supposed to do that to me.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 22nd October 1991 – 20:00
The next episode is the first in the second series, although in this repeat run it’s shown the week after. Martin is back at work at Sunshine Desserts.
I always thought Bruce Bould as David Harris Jones was a great comedy performance.
Sue Nichols is also good as Joan Greengross. I know she was in Corrie for ages, but for me it’s always this performance, or Rentaghost.
In the end, Reggie admits to everybody that he’s not Martin Wellbourne. So CJ sacks him, and he has to go back to the pig farm to work.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 29th October 1991 – 20:00
In the next episode Reggie can’t find a new job. The interview at the Job Centre is really good, a brilliant performance by Leonard Rossiter, as he’s giving all these suggestions to the interviewer as to what he might or might not be willing to do, I wonder what the script actually looks like. The performance is full of pauses, interruptions, stutters, all delivered with such naturalness, it’s beautiful (and funny) to watch.
Because Reggie can’t find a job, Elizabeth has to go out to work – she gets a job at, where else? Sunshine Desserts.
Reggie’s son in law Tom offers him a job as an estate agent, which he manages to torpedo with the first client.
CJ takes Elizabeth out for dinner.
Even more awkward, he asks her to come to his house on Saturday to ‘file some papers’.
Reggie follows her to work, and discovers she’s at Sunshine Desserts.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th November 1991 – 20:00
Reggie confronts CJ, who tells him that it’s Tony who’s having an affair with Elizabeth, and Reggie believes him.
Reggie is finally sacked from the pig farm by Mr Pelham. I do love these short scenes at the piggery, and Glynn Edwards is so good as Mr Pelham, who loves his pigs so much.
Elizabeth is called into CJ’s office, because she’s been writing letters to customers telling them the truth. “I didn’t get where I am today by telling the truth.”
Jimmy invites Reggie to be part of his fascist uprising. Or is it a Neo-fascist or Crypto-fascist uprising? Somehow, Jimmy’s character doesn’t seem quite so amusing these days.
But he gives Reggie the idea to open a shop selling Rubbish – Grot.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 12th November 1991 – 20:00
After a slow start, Grot quickly becomes a huge success, catering to an untapped market.
Pretty soon, it’s a business behemoth. David Harris Jones is already working for Reggie.
But things are looking bad for Sunshine Desserts.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 19th November 1991 – 20:00
The final episode on this tape sees Reggie opening the 50th Grot shop.
The show has a lot of (I presume) matte paintings.
Reggie ends up hiring everyone from Sunshine Desserts, to nobody’s satisfaction.
And to Reggie’s delight, at the end of the episode, when Elizabeth mentions her mother, he sees the hippo again. “She’s back!”
BBC Genome: BBC One – 26th November 1991 – 20:00
After this, there’s an advert for BBC Comedy cassettes.
Noel Edmonds trails the House Party.
Then recording stops, and underneath there’s a bit of some American TV drama, but I didn’t recognise it, and couldn’t place any of the actors. However, Bing Image search did a good job of spotting Lindsay Wagner, who I should have recognised, in I Want to Live.
The tape ends after a few minutes of this.