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Never go time-travelling with a pork pie. Definitely one of the best lines ever in a comedy show. The whole premise of Goodnight, Sweetheart is brilliant, the time-travel and the contrasts between life in WWII and the relative security of the 1990s. Some people have commented that it can't be funny with bigamy at the centre of the plot, and whilst I agree that there's nothing funny about infidelity, I'd suggest that a flawed central character is the mainstay of most British comedy. Good writing, and Lyndhurst's spot-perfect performance, make Gary Sparrow likeable in spite of, rather than because of, his dark side and his actions continually bring upon him their own punishments. Watching Gary passing off Beatles songs as his own in 1941 never loses its humour even after several re-watchings. Life in WWII, and especially the costumes, are beautifully researched and presented, with nuggets of social history and a few nods to contemporary culture such as the stellar Al Bowlly. As a history student back in the day, I initially watched it for its depiction of life in the Blitz but instantly fell for its bittersweet, often dark humour.
Gary Sparrow is a somewhat disillusioned TV repairman, in a drab marriage with his ambitious wife Yvonne, and best friends with Ron, a printer whose marriage is on the brink of breakdown. While on a TV repair call-out in East London, Gary accidentally discovers a time portal which leads to war time London. There he meets Phoebe, a pretty barmaid who works in the Royal Oak pub, and Reg Deadman, a dim-witted but friendly policeman.
Gary strikes up a friendship with Phoebe, and makes repeated trips through the time portal, gradually establishing a second life for himself in the 1940s. In this life, he claims to be both a secret agent (aided by his knowledge of future wartime events) and a singer-songwriter, in fact passing off modern day pop songs as his own, particularly songs by The Beatles. He impresses Phoebe by bringing her goods which are widely available in the present day, but were rationed in wartime Britain, such as chocolate, bacon, and nylons and they begin a romance.
I love it, great comedy, great nostalgia, great acting, perfect mix of characters!
No matter how many times I see this, it takes my imagination to a whole new level. Nicholas Lyndhurst is fantastic in this and although I only have series one, I will be buying the whole set because not only is it worth watching once, but it is one of those storylines that you could see again and notice different aspects about it each time.
Nicholas makes the perfect time traveling character as he hops between war time Britain and modern time and once you start watching the first episode, you won't want to stop because you are continually left waiting to see what happens next. Suitable for everyone really and makes good entertainment for an evening in front of the TV where you can get a bit of escapism.
My only complaint is that they should do a follow up on this - I for one would buy it.
The seller is excellent as his delivery to Australia is prompt and they are professional to deal with.
Goodnight Sweetheart provided an alternative take on sitcom mixing humour with also our oftentime desire for an alternate reality. It also shows a deeper truth that after so long it may need something or someone more to get us from fantasy to the real world if we tire of the fantasy. Like Quantum Leap, the series doesn't seek to offer such an alternative but in not doing so could communicate that one isn't available which may not be true. Parts played well by the cast and good scripts enabled it to be enjoyed
Goodnight Sweetheart is a classic 90s series about a time-traveller in the modern era who finds a way back to the 1940s. Flitting between the eras, he finds new love in the 40s while his modern marriage founders.
I always loved the series when I was younger and now I'm working my way through the series season by season. And I don't regret a thing. It's a wonderful series with real character and class.