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Goodnight Sweetheart

1st Series 1993

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 1, Episode 1] Rites of Passage
Shown 18 Nov 93

TV repairman Garry Sparrow (Nicholas Lyndhurst - Only fools and horses) takes a shortcut down an alley in the East End of London. He comes out in 1939, just as war breaks out against Nazi Germany!

Gary wanders into a pub, where he has to prove he is not a Nazi spy. But he takes a liking to the barmaid, Phoebe.

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 1, Episode 2] Fools Rush In
Shown 25 Nov 93

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 1, Episode 3] Is Your Journey Really Necessary?
Shown 2 Dec 93

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 1, Episode 4] The More I See You
Shown 9 Dec 93

Garry lets slip that he is married ... to Marilyn Monroe.

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 1, Episode 5] I Get Along Without You Very Well
Shown 16 Dec 93

Garry gets in an accident.

Ron has to convince the 1990s wife that Garry is at a football match in Lithuania.

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 1, Episode 6] In the Mood
Shown 23 Dec 93

2nd Series 1995

   7.   2- 1             20 Feb 95   Don't Get Around Much Anymore
   8.   2- 2             27 Feb 95   I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
   9.   2- 3              6 Mar 95   Just One More Chance
Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 2, Episode 4] Who's Taking You Home Tonight
Shown 13 Mar 95

Gary has dinner with both women, simultaneously. This involves rushing off to the toilet regularly.

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 2, Episode 5] Wish Me Luck
Shown 20 Mar 95

Yvonne goes for a job interview in Macclesfield. Garry decides he will have to jump ship sooner rather than later. He fakes his death, Reggie Perrin style, and goes to live with Phoebe in 1940. He finds lodgings (thanks to Reg), but (also thanks to Reg) it is impossible for him to get some alone-time with Phoebe.

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 2, Episode 6] ...As You Wave Me Goodbye
Shown 27 Mar 95

Phoebe and Reg make Gary go fire-watching with them. They stand atop a warehouse full of highly flammable chemicals.

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 2, Episode 7] Would You Like to Swing on a Star
Shown 3 Apr 95

Yvonne gets lead role in a play. Gary gets stuck doing costumes.

Gary discovers that he can buy records in 1941, and sell them for great profit in 1996.

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 2, Episode 8] Nice Work If You Can Get It
Shown 10 Apr 95

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 2, Episode 9] Let Yourself Go
Shown 24 Apr 95

The blonde wife (Yvonne) in the 1990s thinks she is pregnant, so she heads out of town for a couple of days. Gary takes the opportunity to nip back to the 1940s, where he and his brunette wife (Phoebe) go for a trip to the countryside. An American Eagle Squadron pilot takes a liking to Phoebe, showing her that she has other options and also almost revealing Gary's exaggerations about his time in Hollywood, USA.

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 2, Episode 10] Don't Fence Me In
Shown 1 May 95

The East End is being redeveloped. A building firm erects a fence across the gateway ...

Phoebe gets sexually harrassed by the Brewery Rep. And one of Yvonne's co-workers is also the victim of sexual harrassment.


Christmas Special 1995

        S- 1             26 Dec 95   Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (50 min)

3rd Series 1996

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 3, Episode 1] It Ain't Necessarily So
Shown 1 Jan 96

Gary's 1940s Landlady, Mrs Bloss, reports Phoebe to the Work registry. They might conscript her, and send her to an Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battery in Grimsby!

Back in the 1990s, Gary tries to get Stella and Ron back together.

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 3, Episode 2] One O'Clock Jump
Shown 8 Jan 96

In the 1990s, Gary opens his East End shop, and meets the local Crime Prevention officer. The cop looks just like 1940s PC Reg.

In the 1940s, Gary helps Reg track down the son he never knew he had!

Yvonne insists that she and Gary have dinner with an influential Jap businessman. She is ambitious, but Gary still has Singapore and Pearl Harbour on his mind!

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 3, Episode 3] It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
Shown 15 Jan 96

Gary helps Yvonne with her Open University coursework. She's studying the German plan to flood the UK with forged five-pound notes in WW2. If this seems familiar, that's because it was used by the BBC to create the excellent 1970s comedy-drama Private Schultz!

Back in WW2, Gary discovers someone's passing forged fivers. He and Reg try to apprehend the German spy responsible!

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 3, Episode 4] Change Partners
Shown 22 Jan 96

Phoebe gets sick of Gary taking her for granted, so she and her blonde gal-pal go on a double-date with some RAF airmen.

Yvonne holds a fancy-dress party. Gary intends to impress everyone with the best costume, but we can all assume that his plan will go hilariously wrong!

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 3, Episode 5] Goodnight Children Everywhere
Shown 29 Jan 96

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 3, Episode 6] Turned Out Nice Again
Shown 5 Feb 96

George Formby pops into the Royal Oak. Gary has always hated the little man's work, but the hatred is not mutual. Formby likes one of Gary's songs so much he wants to perform it. Unfortunately, Gary's songs are all stolen classics that haven't technically been written yet. How will Gary avoid changing the timestream?

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 3, Episode 7] There's Something About a Soldier
Shown 12 Feb 96

Phoebe's husband Donald (Ralph Ineson) is back. It looks like her relationship with Gary is over.

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 3, Episode 8] Someone to Watch Over Me
Shown 19 Feb 96

Phoebe takes ill. Gary poses as a doctor and smuggles some penicillin to her. Her own doctor is Jon Glover - no, not Lionel Luthor from Smallville but the English actor who played Mr Chomley-Warner!

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 3, Episode 9] The Yanks Are Coming
Shown 26 Feb 96

This sees the arrival of US troops in 1942 London. Yes, all 3 kinds of Yanks. The Italian-American Mafia wheeler-dealer, the friendly African-American, and the redneck racist.

Ron wants spare parts for a jeep. And Yvonne wants Gary to expand his business with Yank merchandise.

1990s musician Garry Sparrow [Nicholas Lyndhurst] travels back to see his lover Phoebe, and finds her pub torn with strife between Black GIs and racist white GIs.

  26.   3-10              4 Mar 96   Let's Get Away from It All
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  • 4th Series 1997

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 4, Episode 1] You're Driving Me Crazy
    Shown 3 Mar 97

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 4, Episode 2] In the Mood
    Shown 10 Mar 97

    Yvonne is ill, so she gets Gary to babysit her nephew. The wee lad disappears while in the shop, and the obvious assumption is that he managed to time-travel back to the 1940s. Gary goes looking for him.

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 4, Episode 3] Out of Town
    Shown 17 Mar 97

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 4, Episode 4] And Mother Came Too
    Shown 24 Mar 97

    Phoebe's husband has been reported killed. There's a memorial service for him - but his evil bitchy mother turns up.

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 4, Episode 5] The Leaving of Liverpool
    Shown 8 Apr 97

    Gary and Phoebe visit her aunt in Liverpool. Gary bumps into Ron's grandad, a thieving scumbag - who is supposed to do a great heroic deed.

    Will Gary upset temporal continuity?

      32.   4- 6             15 Apr 97   How Long Has This Been Going On?
      33.   4- 7             22 Apr 97   Easy Living
    
    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 4, Episode 8] Come Fly with Me
    Shown 29 Apr 97

    Gary has his stag night. Two, really - one with Ron in the modern age, and one during World War Two. He insults a bomber pilot, who gets him drunk and takes him as a passenger on a bombing mission.

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 4, Episode 9] Heartaches
    Shown 6 May 97

    Gary recovers from his two stag nights, but he sleeps in and misses the wedding. Phoebe won't speak to him, and it's as if the never met. Can he persuade her to stage a second wedding?

    Meanwhile, it's Gary's anniversary with his other wife, Yvonne. Can he put up with her Feng Sui and make his existing marriage work?

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 4, Episode 10] Careless Talk
    Shown 13 May 97

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 4, Episode 11] The Bells Are Ringing
    Shown 20 May 97

    5th Series 1998

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 5, Episode 1] A Room with a View
    Shown 23 Feb 98

    Gary and his son, caught in an air raid, escape back to the modern era. Yes, the wee lad can time-travel too.

    Gary gets Ron to print him a thousand pounds, which he uses to buy a posh West-end Apartment.

    Gary has to explain to Yvonne where the wee lad came from!

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 5, Episode 2] London Pride
    Shown 2 Mar 98

    Phoebe's not posh enough for the new local butcher, so she gets elocution lessons from Noel Coward.

    Gary is jealous because Yvonne is spending too much time with her business partner.

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 5, Episode 3] When Two Worlds Collide
    Shown 9 Mar 98

    Gary is in the 1940s when the alley is bombed. When he finally gets back through the time portal ... Phoebe follows him!

    Gary must keep Phoebe in the shop and convince her there is an airraid on. Ron pops by, to convince her that he is Commander Bond of MI6.

    Yvonne visits as well, and Gary must convince her that Phoebe is Ron's girlfriend.

    This is one of the few eps that is actually funny. The first one yet, in fact.

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 5, Episode 4] Mairzy Doats
    Shown 16 Mar 98

    The time gate is still open. Ron follows Gary into 1944, where he poses as Commander Bond and proceeds to make a fool of himself.

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 5, Episode 5] Pennies from Heaven
    Shown 23 Mar 98

    Gary needs more fivers. Unfortunately, Ron's boss is keeping a close eye on him. She's an ambitious career-woman, like Yvonne - and fancies Gary. Can he distract her?

    In 1944, Gary and Reg visit an illegal bookie. Reg is still razor-sharp, though he finds being intelligent has become an annoyance. Will it last much longer?

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 5, Episode 6] We Don't Want to Lose You ... (1)
    Shown 30 Mar 98

    Gary and Phoebe go out for the night. It turns out he's an identical lookalike for a senior officer of the Free French. He's recruited by MI5 to act as a decoy in the run-up to D-Day.

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 5, Episode 7] ... But We Think You Have to Go (2)
    Shown 6 Apr 98

    Gary, behind enemy lines, is helped by a resistance woman straight out of Allo, Allo.

    Notably, while held POW Gary whistles Colonel Bogey's March. A German officer then sings the words - in German!

    In Modern-Day England, Ron meets a supermodel type - and she likes him!

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 5, Episode 8] Have You Ever Seen a Dream Walking ...
    Shown 13 Apr 98

    Gary's having nightmares.

    Ron's lost everything to the bailiffs. Luckily, he can crash at Gary's West End flat.

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 5, Episode 9] Love the One You're With
    Shown 20 Apr 98

    Gary discovers that the owner of his West End flat was killed in 1944 ... in a few days time!

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 5, Episode 10] My Heart Belongs to Daddy
    Shown 27 Apr 98

    Gary's shop has a visitor - Michael, Gary's son, all grown up! The old boy's down on his luck. Can Gary change history to help him?

    Michael is played by Ian Lavender - Private Pike from 1970s TV show, Dads Army.

    6th Series 1999

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 6, Episode 1] Mine's a Double
    Shown 20 Apr 98

    The time gate is struck by lightning, and Gary is duplicated. Unfortunately, his double seems to be his evil side!

    Ron saves the day! This is a nice development. It's not exactly in fitting with his weaselly nature from prior eps, but who cares?

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 6, Episode 2] All About Yvonne
    Shown 18 Apr 99

    Ron has a new GF, Flic ( Sonya Walger ).

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 6, Episode 3] California Dreamin'
    Shown 25 Apr 99

    Both wives want to relocate to LA. However, the portal is still in London!

    Phoebe's tenancy of the Royal Oak is up. Luckily, Gary has a Mayfair flat she can move into. Phoebe's career turns towards nightclub singing, mostly because the new actress who plays her is a singer. And Reg comes with him, after being forcibly retired from the Police.

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 6, Episode 4] Grief Encounter
    Shown 2 May 99

    Noel Coward gets Phoebe a role in the film Brief Encounter. Gary thinks that Noel, who acts flamboyantly camp, may be out to seduce her!

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 6, Episode 5] The 'ouses in Between
    Shown 16 May 99

    Gary goes through the portal from the wrong side, and ends up in 1888. He meets ancestors of Yvonne [a bawdy singer] and Reg [a copper, like all other Deadmans]. Gary is mistaken for Jack the Ripper - and by strange coincidence, the real Ripper follows him through a time portal!

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 6, Episode 6] Just in Time
    Shown 23 May 99

    Another time-traveller appears. He's a repair-man from the far future, in charge of maintaining the time portals. And he has to shut down a malfunctioning portal.

    Gary has to choose between wives. And Ron sets up business with a new partner ...

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 6, Episode 7] How I Won the War
    Shown 30 May 99

    Gary and Phoebe escort some Entertainers (including Bonnie Langford ) through Belgium - when the Germans counterattack. Gary must take charge, and save the day with his knowledge of the Home Alone movies!

    Meanwhile, Gary is suspicious of Yvonne's goings-on. Hypocrital it may be, but he sends Ron to follow her. Ron takes Flick [ Sonia Walger ] but falls foul of the modern PC Deadman.

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 6, Episode 8] Something Fishie
    Shown 6 Jun 99

    The 1945 nightclub is threatened by greedy extortionists. Local Police Inspector, Priestly [a nice reference to the play], refuses to intervene. Gary suspects he is part of the gang, and plans a double-cross ...

    The Germans are still firing V1 rockets at London. Which comes in useful for Gary.

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 6, Episode 9] Flash Bang Wallop
    Shown 13 Jun 99

    Yvonne is a Judge in a competition, and has to read a book about Noel Coward. Unfortunately, in the book there is a photo of Gary! Gary has to stop her from seeing the photo, or the game will be up!

    Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight Sweetheart [Season 6, Episode 10] Accentuate the Positive
    Shown 21 Jun 99

    Ron's re-painting the flat. Gary stupidly leaves a photo of himself and Phoebe in his wallet, and Yvonne finds it. She doesn't recognise Phoebe, even though they met last year. Instead she follows Gary, and spies on him in his yard ...

    In 1945, Hitler is dead and VE day approaches. Reg takes everyone to meet local MP Clement Attlee, who's standing for election as Prime Minister with the promise of creating the Welfare State.

    A friendly chap named Kenneth comes along, as if he's been part of the group for years. Where he came from and what his motivation is, we are never told.

    Gary's destiny is fulfilled. His choice between his 2 wives is made. This leads to somewhat tearful farewells.