He didn't get where he is today by stealing somebody else's catchphrase.

The Hippopotamus

Just recently, I've been watching The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, a comedy originally broadcast back in 1976. I was just four at the time and therefore too young to appreciate it first time round, but watching it now I've been enjoying it for a good few reasons:

  • All the characters are entirely predictable and have the same mannerisms/problems each day.
  • The random thoughts that go through your head when people say particular things or talk about specific people.
  • The indictment of modern-day life.
  • It's still funny. (Shouldn't forget that one).

Despite being 30 years old, there are parts that I can still look at and identify with, in a sort of "my god, that's me!", way. Maybe that's what makes classic comedy such as this so timeless. Oh, and the urge to run down to the beach, disappear and start a new life elsewhere, of course. But maybe I won't come back as a sewage worker in Dorset.
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