Goodnight Sweetheart

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  • 1993
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.5  (3,312)

Goodnight Sweetheart is a British sitcom that originally aired from 1993 to 1999, and subsequently returned for a one-off special in 2016. The show stars Nicholas Lyndhurst as Gary Sparrow, a TV repairman living in the present day who discovers a time portal in a disused pub and uses it to travel back to the 1940s. There, he starts a double-life as a time-traveling bigamist with two wives – Phoebe (played by Elizabeth Carling) in the 1940s, and Yvonne (played by Emma Amos) in the 1990s.

Over the course of the series, Gary becomes increasingly embroiled in his double-life, as he tries to juggle his two marriages, conceal his true identity from his friends and family, and avoid suspicion from the authorities. Along the way, he gets drawn into various historical events and meets a range of colorful characters from both time periods, including his own ancestors.

One of the key themes of the show is nostalgia – both for the wartime community spirit of the 1940s and the cultural icons of the 1990s, such as Britpop and Friends. Another recurring motif is the idea of the grass always being greener on the other side – Gary is torn between his love for both Phoebe and Yvonne, and struggles to decide which time period he really wants to be in.

The show also explores wider social and political issues, such as the changing roles of women in society and the impact of war on everyday life. Through Gary's interactions with characters from both time periods, we see how attitudes towards gender, race, and sexuality have evolved over the years.

Despite its complex premise, Goodnight Sweetheart is a warm and funny show that has become a classic of British sitcom. Nicholas Lyndhurst is perfectly cast as the lovable but hapless Gary, while Victor McGuire gives a memorable performance as his best friend Ron, who provides much of the comic relief. The other members of the cast also shine in their roles, bringing a depth and humanity to their characters that elevates the show above many other sitcoms of the era.

The show's pacing is also noteworthy, as it manages to balance the frantic energy of Gary's double-life with moments of genuine emotion and reflection. The result is a show that is both entertaining and thought-provoking, and that has stood the test of time.

Overall, if you're looking for a witty, heartwarming comedy with a unique twist, Goodnight Sweetheart is well worth a watch. With its winning combination of comedy, drama, and time travel, it's a show that will leave you laughing, crying, and thinking long after the final credits roll.

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Accentuate the Positive
10. Accentuate the Positive
June 28, 1999
When Yvonne finds an incriminating picture, she follows Gary to his shop and makes a startling discovery. A few nights before VE Day, Gary is at a party with future prime minister Clement Attlee when he makes a quick choice that has monumental consequences.
Flash Bang Wallop
9. Flash Bang Wallop
June 21, 1999
Yvonne has been asked to judge a book prize, but Gary panics when he discovers a photo of himself with Noël Coward in one of the books. Back in the past, he tries to prevent the photo from ever being taken.
Something Fishie
8. Something Fishie
June 13, 1999
Gary and Yvonne worry over Ron, who is devastated by his breakup with his girlfriend and might even be contemplating suicide. Back in 1945, Reg is threatened at the Blue Door Club by two goons demanding protection money.
How I Won the War
7. How I Won the War
June 6, 1999
Gary and Phoebe agree to join an entertainers group performing for British troops in Belgium. Gary asks Ron to spy on Yvonne while he's gone, convinced that she's having an affair. When the troupe gets into trouble in Belgium, will Gary's quick thinking save the day?
Just in Time
6. Just in Time
May 30, 1999
When a man enters the shop to take readings of the back wall, Gary panics that the time portal will close. He decides to stay in the 1940s with Phoebe and Michael and gives Ron his shop. Then another mysterious man arrives and offers to buy all of Ron's inventory.
The 'Ouses in Between
5. The 'Ouses in Between
May 23, 1999
Gary somehow time travels from the 1940s to the 1880s, where the Royal Oak is a music hall, and the headliner is famous singer Marie Lloyd-who happens to look just like Yvonne. Meanwhile, back in 1944, Reg is blamed for a robbery at Noël Coward's flat.
Grief Encounter
4. Grief Encounter
May 16, 1999
When Noël Coward offers Phoebe a role in his film Brief Encounter, Phoebe wants Gary to perform a song with her in the film, but he refuses. When Noël then hires a professional songwriter, Gary grows jealous.
California Dreamin'
3. California Dreamin'
May 2, 1999
Gary's lady loves in both the past and present surprise Gary with plans to move to California. Gary tries to dissuade Phoebe by renting the Blue Door Club, where she can be the singer.
All About Yvonne
2. All About Yvonne
April 26, 1999
Yvonne's new high-powered lifestyle allows the Sparrows to move into a riverside penthouse flat, but when they get into an argument, Yvonne kicks Gary out. Meanwhile, Phoebe worries about Gary's absences and suspects he's having an affair.
Mine's a Double
1. Mine's a Double
April 20, 1999
While traveling through the time portal, Gary is struck by lightning and splits into two: Normal Gary and Bad Gary. Bad Gary stays the night at Yvonne's place, where he woos her with plans for a night in Paris. But when Bad Gary travels back to the past, Phoebe is less impressed with him.
  • Premiere Date
    November 18, 1993
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (3,312)