Martin Clunes as Reggie Perrin on BBC HD this Friday

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Classic British sitcom The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, originally starring the great Leonard Rossiter, has been revived by the BBC and begins showing this Friday on the BBC HD channel (9pm).

Starring Martin Clunes as Reggie Perrin, Fay Ripley, Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Whitehead, Neil Stuke and Lucy Liemann, and written by Simon Nye and David Nobbs, the six-part series follows Perrin, a sales executive on the edge.

Rebellion begins to build in his mind, in the form of increasingly surreal flights of fancy. And, slowly, Reggie begins to say what he really thinks, to his wife, to his boss, to his fellow commuters... and, most dangerously of all, to his new colleague, the beautiful Jasmine Strauss.

Jay Hunt, Controller BBC One, 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, BBC 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."

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