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.

Press Clippings

When good TV goes bad: Goodnight Sweetheart

At the start the sitcom was a compelling comment on male insecurity, but it soon descended into cartoonish plotlines.

Edward Tew, The Guardian, 1st July 2019

Forget Porridge, it's Goodnight Sweetheart viewers want

The return of the prison sitcom left many viewers cold - but there's another classic BBC comedy they definitely want back.

Paul Jones, Radio Times, 7th October 2017

"We're bringing back all the old sitcoms your parents liked!" said the BBC. "No, don't do that, because it'll taint those shows for fans of the originals, and alienate younger viewers," replied literally everyone else. "LALALALALALA CAN'T HEAR YOU," screamed the BBC - as it commissioned what to all intents and purposes looked like a CCTV feed from an unlicensed regional Are You Being Served? dinner performance. It's genuinely difficult to find anything positive to say about any of the revived sitcoms - maybe Goodnight Sweetheart didn't quite make me want to pull out my fingernails as much as I thought it would - except that at least nobody at the BBC will make such a silly decision ever again.

Stuart Heritage, The Guardian, 29th December 2016

Which BBC sitcom revival deserves its own new series?

From Porridge to Goodnight Sweetheart and Are You Being Served? Which sitcom deserves another outing on our screens?

Sarah Doran, Radio Times, 12th September 2016

Back to the future

Well, what an astonishing reaction to the new one-off episode of Goodnight Sweetheart. We could never have dreamed that we would be overwhelmed by such a positive response, with hundreds of emails, text messages and tweets asking us whether we are going to continue the story of the most bizarre life of Gary Sparrow. Even the Controller of Comedy at the BBC described the reaction to the programme as "extraordinary".

Marks & Gran, Marks & Gran Blog, 4th September 2016

Goodnight Sweetheart review

This was a pale shadow of the earlier shows. Something had been mercilessly stripped from it, leaving it as plain and pedestrian as every other BBC1 "comedy".

Julie McDowall, The National, 3rd September 2016

Goodnight Sweetheart review

This episode couldn't help feeling like a series of Comic Relief sketches strung together.

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 3rd September 2016

TV Review: Goodnight Sweetheart

Despite all the quibbles there are some very funny gags here, including a right up to the minute Brexit nod and good use of modern pop songs.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 3rd September 2016

BBC Landmark Sitcom Season: the revivals

As we were told several times during the Porridge screening, the BBC isn't looking to bring back any of these series back for now but I'm guessing if the ratings are good then any or all of the writers will be quickly called upon to write new episodes. However if none do go to series then I still think it was a nice little gesture to call back to some of Britain's best-loved sitcoms in this way. I agree with Allen when he says that comedy gets treated like a poor relation and watching these new variations on classic shows was a nice little treat. I do feel if this season does do one thing then it's highlighting the great comedy tradition we have in this country and to look to the future to see what new comedies that the BBC have in the pipeline.

Matt Donnelly, The Custard TV, 2nd September 2016

TV preview: Goodnight Sweetheart, BBC1

Is it possible for a sitcom to be terrible and very funny at the same time? That's the feat that this one-off revival of Goodnight Sweetheart as part of the Landmark Sitcom Season seems to have pulled off. This time travel comedy always was an odd idea and the internal logic problems of the original run, which ended 17 years ago, still haven't been resolved. On the other hand there are plenty of laughs.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 2nd September 2016