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Goodnight Sweetheart (BBC-1 1993-1999, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Liz Carling)

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In popular scifi sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart married TV engineer Gary Sparrow wanders down an alley that is actually a time hole, he ends up in the 1940’s where he falls for barmaid Phoebe Bamford.

As the series progressed Gary kept flitting between the two era’s. In the nineties he opened a shop selling 1940’s artifacts and in the forties led a double life as a secret agent (pretend) and songwriter of popular music (Sparrow sang hits by the Beatles and the like claiming them as his own.) Eventually Gary married Phoebe and the pair even had a child so that in best Dominick Hyde he is actually his own grandfather.

In the final episode Gary ends up trapped in the past when the portal closes on VE day.

After the third series, Dervla Kirwan left and was replaced by Liz Carling. Michelle Holmes also left, to be replaced by Emma Amos.

There was a surprise one off revival on 2 September 2016 which caught up with Gary and his discovery of the time portal again. This time in the past it was 1962, the year Gary was born.

Goodnight Sweetheart

The cast with Liz Carling and Emma Amos who joined from season four as the second wives of Gary Sparrow.

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UK / BBC One – SelecTV – Alamo / 57×30 minute episodes 1×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 November 1993 – 28 June 1999 and 2 September 2016

Creators: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Music: Anthony & Gaynor Sadler / Sung by Nick Curtis / Executive Producer: Allan McKeown

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Nicholas Lyndhurst as Gary Sparrow
Michelle Holmes as Yvonne Sparrow (series 1-3)
Emma Amos as Yvonne Sparrow (series 4-6)
Dervla Kirwan as Phoebe Bamford (series 1-3)
Elizabeth Carling as Phoebe Bamford (series 4-6)
Victor McGuire as Ron Wheatcroft
Christopher Ettridge as PC Reg Deadman
David Ryall as Eric Bamford (series 1)
Yvonne D’Alpra as Mrs Bloss (series 2 & 3)
David Benson as Noel Coward (series 5 & 6)

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Ape And Essence (The Wednesday Play BBC-1 1966, Alec McCowen)

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In Scifi drama Ape and Essence, based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, a group of New Zealand scientists conduct a survey on a Britain ravaged by atomic war 80 years previously.

Series: The Wednesday Play Season 2 Episode 29

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Alec McCowen as Alfred Poole
Robert Eddison as Arch Vicar
Derek Sydney as Chief
Jenny Lee as Flossie
Yvonne Antrobus as Young Girl
Sydney Bromley as Craigie
Martin Carroll as Director of Food
Hazel Douglas as Mies Hook
John Falconer as Patriarch
Petra Markham as Loola
Ken Parry as Science Praet
Amanda Reiss as Polly
Jonathan Scott as Int. Priest
Fiona Fraser as Part of Crowd
Ann Mitchell as Shaven-Head
Jacki Salt as Mulatto Girl
Carol Blake as Shaven-Head
Gordon Craig as Part of Crowd
Robert Cude as First Man

crew details
Writer: John Finch
Book: Aldous Huxley
Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Producer: Peter Luke
Director: David Benedictus.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 1×75 minute episode
Aired From: 18 May 1966

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Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray)

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Plane Makers Patrick Wymark

Drama series The Plane Makers took us behind the scenes in the boardroom and shop floor of the Scott Furlong Aircraft Factory. After two seasons the lead character John Wilder took a place on the board of a merchant bank and the series was then renamed The Power Game.

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Patrick Wymark as John Wilder
Jack Watling as Don Henderson
Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder (Seasons 1-2)
Ann Firbank as Pamela Wilder (Season 3)
Reginald Marsh as Arthur Sugden
Alan Dobie as David Corbett

crew details
Creator: Wilfred Greatorex
Producers: Rex Firkin (seasons 1-2), David Reid (season 3)

production details
Country: UK
Network: ITV – ATV
Duration: 57×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 4 February 1963 – 12 January 1965 black and white

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Running Wild (ITV 1987, Ray Brooks, Janet Key)

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Sitcom Running Wild was about the ups and downs of separated couple, Max and Babs, trying to get on with their lives. In season two Max wants to return to his wife but Babs is not so keen.

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Ray Brooks as Max Wild
Janet Key as Babs Wild
Sharon Duce as Wanda
Michelle Collins as Stephanie Wild
Peter Amory as Rob
Berwick Kaler as Tom Coleman (Season 1)
Brigit Forsyth as Jenny (Season 2)

crew details
Writer: Philip Trewinnard
Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Directors: Vic Finch (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – London Weekend Television
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 6 March 1987 – 4 June 1989

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