In the mid seventies, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin was on the BBC. Who can forget Reggie’s daily complaints on the British rail service, CJ’s “I didn’t get where I am today…”, Reggie’s secretary, Joan or the Grot Shop. The brilliant comedy was adapted from a series books by David Nobbs who also wrote the screenplay and the lead role was portrayed by Leonard Rossiter.
In 2009, there was a brief attempt to recapture the magic from the original show as Martin Clunes became Reggie Perrin. In an interview in the News Shopper, writer David Nobbs revealed that he really wanted David Tennant to take on the iconic role.
“The person I wanted was David Tennant. He was very off-the-wall, you can imagine him being rude to people.”
“It wasn’t a failure, but equally it wasn’t a success.” David Nobbs retorted. “I now think Martin was wrong (for the role). He’s a lovely actor, but he’s too likeable. You can’t believe he’s going off his rocker to be honest.”
Author David Nobbs has just completed his 20th novel but perhaps is better known as the television writer for Two Ronnies, Les Dawson and Tom Cooper, and in the News Shopper article, he had a number of interest comments on his hit shows.
To read the full interview see the News Shopper article located here.