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.
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.
- Friday 2nd September 2016
- BBC One
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
Supporters and subscribers get more
Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:
- See 9 press clippings related to this episode
- This episode's inital overnight ratings
- BCG Pro business users can see additional crew credits
Donate (for fans) BCG Pro
Already a donor or Pro user? Sign in