When Reginald Iolanthe Perrin (Leonard Rossiter) imagines his mother-in-law as a hippo one morning, his life is never quite the same again. Reggie begins a one-man campaign against his dull, routine commuter existence, embodied by his boss at Sunshine Desserts, CJ, yes-men colleagues Tony and David, incompetent medico Doc Morrissey and secretary Joan. Classic comedy replete with memorable catchphrases. 'I didn't get where I am today without knowing a classic comedy replete with catchphrases when I see one...'.
The entire second series of David Nobbs' popular 1970s comedy. Having faked his own death, Reggie Perrin (Leonard Rossiter) has adopted the new identity of Martin Wellbourne, his own long-lost friend from Brazil, and re-married his wife, Elizabeth (Pauline Yates). Reggie has also obtained a job at his old firm, Sunshine Desserts, running his own memorial fund. However, tired of pretending to be somebody else, Reggie reveals his true identity - only to be sacked by boss C.J. (John Barron): 'I didn't get where I am today by pretending to be my long-lost friend from Brazil'. After an unsatisfying spell on a pig farm, Reggie comes up with a whole new concept in shopping: a store where everything sold is guaranteed one hundred per cent useless. He names his new enterprise Grot, and surprises even himself with his success.
Having sold Grot, Reggie Perrin (Leonard Rossiter) and wife Elizabeth (Pauline Yates) soon tire of their new lives as travellers, and decide to set up a special community to help people live in peace and harmony. All the old gang are recruited, including Reggie's former boss, CJ (John Barron), colleagues David 'Super!' Harris-Jones, Tony 'Knockout!' Webster, Doc Morrissey and brother-in-law Jimmy (Geoffrey Palmer), but will their best efforts meet with success?