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“Grot has lots of things that aren’t of any use, some of them are red, some of them are green and some of them are puce.”

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In Series Two, Reggie - having faked his suicide, come back as Martin Wellbourne, worked at Sunshine Desserts again, sacked from Sunshine Desserts, worked at pig farm and sacked from pig farm - is still out of a job. Even his endearing wife Elizabeth went out to work, also to Sunshine Desserts, but she too was sacked for typing a letter deliberately wrongly.

Both are on their 'beam ends' as Jimmy described them.

Suddenly, Elizabeth has an idea: "We could open a shop. And we could make things to sell in our shop."
But what sort of shop?  "I expect we'll think of something", says Reggie reassuringly.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth's brother Jimmy pays a visit. He claims there's been "a bit of a cock-up on the catering front" and Elizabeth sets off to the kitchen to literally 'save his bacon'. It's actually a decoy "to get big sis out of the way", because Jimmy has really come to offer Reggie a place in his new private army, "ready to fight for Britain when the balloon goes up". He makes a date for Reggie to visit his bedsit for more details.

In Jimmy's bedsit, he shows Reggie his accumulating stockpile of weapons for his private army, and tells Reggie exactly the sort of scum they would be fighting against:

"...wreckers of law and order. Communists, Maoists, Trotskyists, neo-Trotskyists, crypto-Trotskyists, union leaders, Communist union leaders, atheists, agnostics, long-haired weirdos, short-haired weirdos, vandals, hooligans, football supporters, namby-pamby probation officers, rapists, papists, papist rapists, foreign surgeons (headshrinkers, who ought to be locked up), Wedgwood Benn, keg bitter, punk rock, glue-sniffers, 'Play For Today', Clive Jenkins, Roy Jenkins, Up Jenkins, up everybody's, Chinese restaurants (why do you think Windsor Castle is ringed with Chinese restaurants?)."

Reggie is mortified. "You realise the sort of people you're going to attract, don't you Jimmy? Thugs, bully-boys, psychopaths, sacked policemen, security guards, sacked security guards, ratialists, Paki-bashers, queer-bashers, Chink-bashers, anybody-bashers, rear Admirals, queer admirals, Vice Admirals, fascists, neo-fascists, crypto-fascists, loyalists, neo-loyalists, crypto-loyalists."

"Do you think so?", said Jimmy, "I thought recruitment might be difficult."

"So, are you in, Reggie?", asks Jimmy hopefully.

"I most certainly am not", replies Reggie, "I've never heard such rubbish. It is all rubbish..."

"RUBBISH!!!!" cries Reggie. And the seed for Grot is sown. He rushes back to tell Elizabeth.

Episode three ends with Reggie painting his logo onto his first High Street shop.

In episode four, Reggie opens for business. Inside the shop are boards bearing such promotional slogans as:
“Every single thing in this shop is guaranteed absolutely useless.”
“Hundreds of ideal gifts for people you hate.”
“Plenty of gifts for people with no taste.”
“Something nobody else has got.”

After a few false starts, he actually starts to sell the rubbish in his shop. He sells Dr. Snurd's pictures of the Algarve, Tom's wine, and a square hoop. By close of day he has made £93.82.

Pretty soon, Reggie realises he needs to expand. He gets a loan for £30,000 from C.J. and moves to an office complex. Within two years, Perrin Products (Grot) Ltd. has made profits of £750,000 and has 44 shops. Dinner invites and lecture requests flood in, and Reggie is a success.


March was the most successful month yet for Grot. We launched our new silent LP 'Laryngitis In
Thirty Lands', featuring the silence of Max Bygraves, Des O'Connor, the Bay City Rollers, the Sex Pistols
and Rolf Harris - it has sold millions. Some pub landlords are even playing it as background silence.
We have also introduced upright models of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, leaning models of the Eiffel Tower,
and rubber razor blades for nervous shavers. However, April promises to be an even better month. In store
for the British public are such treats as porous waterbeds, heat-resistant saucepans, Teas-Not-Made,
mousetraps made entirely of cheese, and the ideal gift for the motorist you don't like - the elastic tow-rope.

He recruits all his old friends from Sunshine Desserts, and members of his family.
But soon, Reggie realises he is once again stuck in the suburban commuter routine which he tried so desperately to escape at Sunshine Desserts. He sets out to destroy the firm, by recruiting unsuitable people in unsuitable roles. Among them is son-in-law Tom as Head of Publicity. Despite claiming that he's "not really a slogan person", he does come up with gems such as:
“Go to Grot shops and get an eyeful of Perrin’s products with a wide range of goods which are really pretty awful”, and
“Grot is the ideal place for gifts, as it’s all on one floor, so there aren’t any lifts.”
Even Doc Morrissey has a bright idea. He suggests "January sales in September.  20% ON everything. Fantastic increases all round."

Reggie's attempts to bring Grot to its knees only result in even more success.
He decides to sack everybody, including Doc Morrissey. He pretends he has received a serious medical report:
“There’s advanced cosonic deficiency of the third testricle; the hydrophology is weak, and there’s faint pululation of the sphincular scrunges.” Doc thinks it's Reggie's medical report and tells him to see a doctor.

Running out of options, Reggie persuades Elizabeth that they should sell the Grot empire. The series ends with the couple leaving their clothes on a beach, just like Reggie did once before. This time, however, C.J. and many other people follow suit, shedding their old lives for a new one.

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Below is the complete list of Grot products described or seen in the various episodes:

Tom’s wine
Dr. Snurd’s pictures of the Algarve
tasteless puddings
square hoops
stringless guitars
clangerless bells
lightweight weights
unstrung tennis rackets
empty biscuit tins
doorless birdcages
broken crockery
breakable cricket balls
silent LPs: ("including
'We Aren’t The Champions';
'You’ll Always Walk Alone';
'Songs From A Trappist Monastery'")
upright models of the
Leaning Tower of Pisa
leaning models of the Eiffel Tower
bottomless ashtrays
square footballs
round dice
innocuous white pill:
("they have no side-effects, there's no
need to keep them out of the reach of
children, and Catholics can take them").
insoluble suppositories
oversize eggcups
cruet sets with no holes
blank books
fattening foods:
("for masochists on diets")
useless car stickers
(including ‘We’ve been to the shop that
sells car stickers', 'We haven't been 
anywhere', 'This sticker doesn't stick')
rungless ladders
Dutch-Dutch dictionaries
pianos with no keys
non-stick glue
LP ‘Laryngitis In 30 Lands’: ("featuring 
the silence of Max Bygraves, Des 
O’ Connor, the Bay City Rollers, the 
Sex Pistols and Rolf Harris")
rubber razor blades:
("for nervous shavers")
porous waterbeds
heat-resistant saucepans
mousetraps made entirely of cheese
elastic tow-ropes
cheque books for the Dogger Bank
tins of melted snow
self-lowering flour
empty cardboard boxes
Jimmy’s Guess-what-it’s-for machine
dentures for pets
edible furniture

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Text (c) Paul Fisher. Pictures (c) BBC