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I binge watched this entire series and I totally loved it from start to finish plus the interviews of cast members was enlightening as well. I watched this series when if first appeared on TV and I loved it then and now I have to say that I love it even more now. Extremely entertaining and well writen and acted.
I didn't see this series when it initially aired although I had seen snippets here and there and understood the general plotline. The series basically revolves around five characters (Gary, Phoebe, Yvonne, Ron and Reg). Gary has the ability to travel back and forward in time between the present (1995 version) and London during the blitz. However the main reason Gary travels back and forth is because of his two love interests, Phoebe and Yvonne, and the first three series were interesting and fun without being hilarious or ground breaking. I would probably give the first three seasons 3 or 4 stars, then... But when season 4 begins two of the main characters (his two main reasons for time travel) are portrayed by totally different people?? Are we not supposed to notice that Phoebe isn't Phoebe any more or that Yvonne isn't Yvonne? Dervla Kirwan's performance was one of the main reasons I enjoyed this series and I believe she left because she felt her character wasn't evolving, so could the writers not sit down with her and see if a compromise could be reached? If not could they not write her out of the series properly and create a new character?
I'm fully aware that actors move on or pass on in a long running series, but this happened after only three seasons and involved almost half the main characters. The options were to either call an end to the series (not necessarily a bad ending because it finished with Gary caught in a 'double dilemma' situation) or to get creative with the writing. Unfortunately they chose the lazy option and just dropped new actors into the same characters In Only Fools and Horses for example (another Nicholas Lyndhurst series) the actor playing Granddad passed away in real life after a couple of series so they brought in Buster Merrifield, not to become the 'new granddad' but as Uncle Albert, a new character with his own personality but also having some similar traits to the departed granddad. This is the proper way to deal with changes in personnel should you want to continue a series. So because of the writers inability to deal with cast changes properly it's 2 stars from me.
I say 'nice and gentle' but occasionally there's a bit of bite, a few nice time paradox problems, and even an occasional touch of the darker side of war-torn London. Good sets, good cast, good writing - even if the lead is a bigamist - and some excellent comedy.
Worth watching, however like any long-running series it has its ups and downs, but New Viewers stick with it, the highs outweigh the lows. Just make sure you know a little bit of the history of the time, which will help you enjoy it all the more.
Oh, don't worry about the old TV picture size; if you get into the stories you soon won't notice the black bars - this is preferable (in my eyes) to stretching the image sideways to fill a modern screen, or cropping off the top and bottom to achieve the same.
Watched these in the 90's on TV... Brought because they are a classic. Great for the money! It's never had much recollection but it really is a great British comedy. Shame they don't (or can't) make comedies like this anymore. That's why it's important to buy them before they get cancelled/banned by the politically correct mob!
As a ardent fan of the series this little I can complain about basically nicholas lyndhurst who we all know as rodney in only fools and horses and in the piglet files travels back into time to ww2 and becomes a bigamist already married over the six series he has adventures where he comes across George Harrison in a pub not Beatles fame a very nice series that can suit the family I am more than happy to recommend it
Overall a very good series, although like so many TV dramas/comedies, it began to run out of steam in the last couple of series. Somehow the storyline moved from implausible but funny to implausible and a bit dark/tragic. Excellent acting by Nicholas Lyndurst though, never once echoes of Rodney Trotter. I'd recommend it. Bit of escapism and interesting to see historic characters and reference to real events.