Reggie Perrin to make screen comeback

The classic British sitcom The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin is to be revived this year with Martin Clunes taking the title role, it was confirmed today.

The Men Behaving Badly actor will star as Reggie Perrin alongside a cast including Fay Ripley, Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Whitehead, Neil Stuke and Lucy Liemann in the new BBC1 series.

Simon Nye, the writer behind Men Behaving Badly, will join the writer and creator of the original 1970s sitcom David Nobbs for the series to be transmitted later this year.

The much-loved sitcom originally ran between 1976 and 1979 and starred Leonard Rossiter as a man constantly on the verge of a mid-life crisis but with a vivid imagination.

A follow-up, The Legacy Of Reginald Perrin, was aired in 1996.

The BBC said the new series will comprise of six 30 minute episodes.

BBC1 controller Jay Hunt said: "I am really excited about Reggie Perrin returning to our screens.

"It feels as fresh and sharp now as it did all those years ago. It will be a vital part of our overall comedy offering on the channel."

Lucy Lumsden, BBC1 controller, comedy commissioning, added: "To have combined the writing talents of David Nobbs and Simon Nye in a sitcom fronted by Martin Clunes is a dream come true.

"Added to which, they have come up with an inspired update, rather than a remake, of one of the greatest classic comedies of all time."