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Disillusioned after a long career at Sunshine Desserts, Perrin goes through a mid-life crisis and fakes his own death. Returning in disguise after various attempts at finding a 'new life', ... See full summary »
Real-life Labour MP (Member of Parliament) John Stonehouse faked his own apparent suicide in exactly the same way as Reginald Perrin - in the summer of 1974 he left his clothes on a beach in Miami and disappeared. However this was pure coincidence: David Nobbs wrote his novel early in 1974, before Stonehouse disappeared (so Nobbs couldn't have based the novel on Stonehouse's disappearance) but the novel wasn't published until 1975, after Stonehouse went missing (so Stonehouse couldn't have got ideas for his disappearance by reading the novel).
Customer In Shop:
Everything in this shop is rubbish, is it?
Reginald Perrin: Absolutely, sir.
Customer In Shop: I see. What's the point of that, then?
Reginald Perrin: Well, we're sold so much rubbish these days under false pretenses, I decided to be honest about it.
Customer In Shop: Ah, you've got a point there. There you have got a...