Goodnight Sweetheart. Image shows from L to R: Yvonne Sparrow (Emma Amos), Gary Sparrow (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Phoebe Sparrow (Elizabeth Carling). Copyright: Alomo Productions / BBC.

Goodnight Sweetheart

BBC One sitcom about a time traveller. 59 episodes (6 series), 1993 - 2016. Stars Nicholas Lyndhurst, Dervla Kirwan, Elizabeth Carling, Michelle Holmes and others.

Goodnight Sweetheart. Image shows from L to R: Ron Wheatcroft (Victor McGuire), Ellie (Esme Coy), Yvonne Sparrow (Emma Amos), Gary Sparrow (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Phoebe Sparrow (Elizabeth Carling), Ron Wheatcroft (Victor McGuire), Michael Sparrow (Tim Preston). Copyright: Retort.

Many Happy Returns

It has been 17 years since Gary Sparrow, a former TV repairman and accidental time traveller who leads an extraordinary double life, was stranded in the 1940s. Now Gary must face the consequences of his time travelling and go somewhere he's never been before: the 21st Century.

Further details

We last saw time-travelling TV repairman Gary Sparrow 17 years ago when his mysterious time-portal closed for good, leaving him trapped forever in 1945 with his East End pub-owning wife Phoeb, their none-too-bright friend Reg and their toddler son Michael. Abandoned in 1999, and sadly resigned to never seeing him again, were his original wife, the successful and glamorous Yvonne and his oldest friend Ron.

Now, 17 years have gone by and it's 1962 - the year Gary was in fact born. Is it possible he could actually witness the event? Well, obviously not, according to the elementary rules of time travel: it might cause some very startling consequences such as being catapulted ahead into 2016 - a world he knows nothing about.

This one-off special is written by original creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran and sees the return of the entire original cast from 1999.

Broadcast details

Friday 2nd September 2016
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Nicholas Lyndhurst Gary Sparrow
Elizabeth Carling Phoebe Sparrow
Emma Amos Yvonne Sparrow
Christopher Ettridge PC Reg Deadman
Victor McGuire Ron Wheatcroft
Guest cast
Tim Preston Michael Sparrow
Esme Coy Ellie
Liam Jeavons George Sparrow
Khali Best Phone Shop Salesman Kyle
Angela Murray Midwife
Ted Robbins Bouncer
Writing team
Maurice Gran Writer
Laurence Marks Writer
Production team
Martin Dennis Director
Humphrey Barclay Producer
Jon Rolph Executive Producer

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