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As Time Goes By. Image shows from L to R: Jean (Judi Dench), Lionel (Geoffrey Palmer). Copyright: DLT Entertainment Ltd..

As Time Goes By

BBC One sitcom about a couple. 66 episodes (9 series), 1992 - 2005. Stars Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Moira Brooker, Jenny Funnell and others.

Series 5, Episode 1 is repeated on Drama today at 7:20pm

As Time Goes By. Image shows from L to R: Lionel (Geoffrey Palmer), Jean (Judi Dench). Copyright: DLT Entertainment Ltd..

As Time Goes By

Lionel and Jean were young lovers until accidentally losing touch. Years later they meet again by chance and unexpectedly rekindle their romance

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1992 - 2005
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
66   (9 series), plus 1 highlights special
Creator
Colin Bostock-Smith
Starring
Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Moira Brooker, Jenny Funnell and Philip Bretherton
Writer
Bob Larbey
Director
Sydney Lotterby
Producers
Sydney Lotterby, Philip Jones, John Reynolds and Donald Taffner Jr.

Lionel Hardcastle, a young man in the army, and Jean Pargeter, a nurse, are madly in love until Lionel is sent away to the Korean War and, through a lost love letter, they lose touch.

Thirty-eight years later Lionel, a curmudgeonly divorcee, is writing a book about his subsequent years spent living in Kenya and Jean, a no-nonsense widow, is running a secretarial agency in London. When Lionel requires a secretary to assist him with his book revisions he unwittingly contacts Jean's agency and the pair are reunited.

Gradually, after some reluctance and hesitation on both sides, Jean and Lionel begin to rekindle their old romance. Alongside this main story a more tempestuous relationship between Jean's daughter Judith (Moira Brooker) and Lionel's publisher Alistair (Philip Bretherton) plays out.

This popular BBC sitcom draws humour from the ups and downs of unexpected romance in later life.

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