The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin was a British comedy show initially aired in the mid to late 1970s.

It is a lovely series with a character arc that is more thoughtful than most comedies. 

And there is one really important reference to mention…

Reggie, married to Elizabeth, has ‘a moment’ every time she mentions her mother – he ‘imagines her’ as a hippopotamus. The way the viewer ‘sees’ this though, is as a video clip of a ‘real world hippo’.

I love this idea of ‘clips of mind’ – we all have them, but rarely are they so cleanly associated, and repeated.

But anyway, enough wallowing about Reginal Perrin. 

I didn’t get to where I am today by using such meta intertextual humour…