Goodnight Sweetheart cast revealed

Friday 5th August 2016, 2:57pm

Goodnight Sweetheart. Image shows from L to R: PC Reg Deadman (Christopher Ettridge), Phoebe Sparrow (Elizabeth Carling), Yvonne Sparrow (Emma Amos), Gary Sparrow (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Michael Sparrow (Tim Preston), Ellie (Esme Coy), Phone Shop Salesman Kyle (Khali Best), George Sparrow (Liam Jeavons). Copyright: Retort.

The cast for BBC One's special Goodnight Sweetheart revival has been announced.

Star Nicholas Lyndhurst will be reunited in the programme with on-screen wives Elizabeth Carling and Emma Amos, returning to their roles of mid-century Phoebe and contemporary Yvonne, respectively.

Christopher Ettridge also returns to the show as the much-loved dim-wit P.C. Reg Deadman, whilst Victor McGuire is back as Gary's best friend in modern Britain, Ron Wheatcroft.

Joining the cast for the one-off special are Tim Preston as Gary and Phoebe's son Michael Sparrow, a returning character from the original series now a teenager; and Esme Coy as Yvonne Sparrow's 21st century daughter, Ellie.

Esme is also Emma Amos's real-life daughter and they are appearing on screen together for the first time.

Also making their debuts in the sitcom are Liam Jeavons as Gary's (young) father, George; and Khali Best as Kyle, a phone shop salesman whom Gary encounters on his return to modern London.

Goodnight Sweetheart. Image shows from L to R: Michael Sparrow (Tim Preston), Gary Sparrow (Nicholas Lyndhurst), George Sparrow (Liam Jeavons). Copyright: Retort.

The cast were pictured today in central London at the first read-through of the script for the new episode, although Victor McGuire was unable to attend.

Producers Retort explain: "It has been 17 years since Nicholas Lyndhurst played the character of Gary Sparrow, a former TV repairman and accidental time traveller who leads an extraordinary double life. Now the original creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran (Birds Of A Feather, The New Statesman) have written a brand new script that sees Gary Sparrow face the consequences of his time travel and go somewhere he's never been before, as Goodnight Sweetheart is about to be catapulted into the 21st Century."

Announced last month, the special episode is set to be broadcast during the BBC's Landmark Sitcom Season later this year. Plans for the season are currently being finalised, but the programme could be on air as early as September. Other sitcoms being revived include Porridge and Are You Being Served?, although Goodnight Sweetheart is the only show to be both written by and starring its original cast.

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