History Series / GoodnightSweetheart

14th Jul '16 4:33:08 PM Exxolon
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Came fiftieth in ''Series/BritainsBestSitcom''.

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Came fiftieth in ''Series/BritainsBestSitcom''.
''Series/BritainsBestSitcom''. The series originally ran from 1993 to 1999, a one off revival episode will be aired in 2016.
1st Jul '16 7:05:09 PM Doug86
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An unusual BritCom whose premise is that Gary Sparrow (played by ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''' Creator/NicholasLyndhurst), a down-on-his-luck TV repairman in a failing marriage, discovers a [[PortalToThePast time portal]] which leads to [[WorldWarII 1940s London]]. Once there, he meets a young woman and they fall in love. And now suddenly there's no need to go through the trauma of a divorce in the 1990s, because he can have two separate lives...

Gary gets away with it by having his best friend Ron, a printer, print him easily-forged 1940s white banknotes to fund his past lifestyle. He justifies his knowledge of the future events of WW2 to Phoebe (his past wife) by claiming to be a secret agent, while he says he earns his money as a singer-songwriter, passing off much of the next fifty years of popular music as his own. Eventually Gary ends up running a 1940s memorabilia shop built over the time portal, whose merchandise, while genuine, is suspiciously well preserved.

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An unusual BritCom whose premise is that Gary Sparrow (played by ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''' Creator/NicholasLyndhurst), a down-on-his-luck TV repairman in a failing marriage, discovers a [[PortalToThePast time portal]] which leads to [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII 1940s London]]. Once there, he meets a young woman and they fall in love. And now suddenly there's no need to go through the trauma of a divorce in the 1990s, because he can have two separate lives...

Gary gets away with it by having his best friend Ron, a printer, print him easily-forged 1940s white banknotes to fund his past lifestyle. He justifies his knowledge of the future events of WW2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII to Phoebe (his past wife) by claiming to be a secret agent, while he says he earns his money as a singer-songwriter, passing off much of the next fifty years of popular music as his own. Eventually Gary ends up running a 1940s memorabilia shop built over the time portal, whose merchandise, while genuine, is suspiciously well preserved.



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* WorldWarTwoUsefulNotes/WorldWarII
1st Jul '16 3:03:58 AM gewunomox
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* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Gary, a pianist, would play songs from the future and claim he had written them himself. By the end of the series, he has laid claim to most of TheBeatles' back catalogue. One of the show's cleverer aspects was that they were sometimes arranged in a more contemporary style, such as a jazz version of ''California Dreamin'''.

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* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Gary, a pianist, would play songs from the future and claim he had written them himself. By the end of the series, he has laid claim to most of TheBeatles' Music/TheBeatles' back catalogue. One of the show's cleverer aspects was that they were sometimes arranged in a more contemporary style, such as a jazz version of ''California Dreamin'''.
8th Dec '15 7:40:47 PM caffeinatedkate
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-- Of course, once the time [[PortalSlam portal closes]] in the final episode, Gary loses his endless supply of future-forged banknotes and his access to modern luxury items. Still, his future knowledge should allow him to make enough money to live off for the rest of his life.

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-- ** Of course, once the time [[PortalSlam portal closes]] in the final episode, Gary loses his endless supply of future-forged banknotes and his access to modern luxury items. Still, his future knowledge should allow him to make enough money to live off for the rest of his life.
17th Sep '15 6:31:52 AM Yet_One_More_Idiot
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** This could be a case of FridgeBrilliance; the first two instances can be explained as the result of the time portal being hit with a large blast of energy (from lightning, or the bomb) temporarily destabilising its normal effect. In the last case, it was mentioned in an episode early in the final season that time agents from the future had identified Gary's time portal and were working on closing it. Presumably, they finished the job just as Gary was saving Clement Atlee's life, leading him to become stuck there.


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-- Of course, once the time [[PortalSlam portal closes]] in the final episode, Gary loses his endless supply of future-forged banknotes and his access to modern luxury items. Still, his future knowledge should allow him to make enough money to live off for the rest of his life.
9th Mar '15 5:59:09 AM Aurelian
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* ContrivedCoincidence: In the final episode, Yvonne and Ron are in Gary's Mayfair flat juat as he is writing his message to Ron on the wall back in the 1940s, revealing that he is now trapped in the past. There is probably no other way Ron could have convinced Yvonne that her husband was really a time traveller.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: In the final episode, Yvonne and Ron are in Gary's Mayfair flat juat just as he is writing his message to Ron on the wall back in the 1940s, revealing that he is now trapped in the past. There is probably no other way Ron could have convinced Yvonne that her husband was really a time traveller.
9th Mar '15 5:57:37 AM Aurelian
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* ContrivedCoincidence: In the final episode, Yvonne and Ron are in Gary's Mayfair flat juat as he is writing his message to Ron on the wall back in the 1940s, revealing that he is now trapped in the past. There is probably no other way Ron could have convinced Yvonne that her husband was really a time traveller.
3rd Feb '15 2:47:55 PM caffeinatedkate
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* HenpeckedHusband: Gary to Yvonne and Ron to Stella. [[spoiler:It's no wonder he decided to stay with Phoebe in the end.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Stella. She was continually abusive to him, cheated on him, and then blackmailed him into accepting a one-sided divorce (following an altercation with Stella's fancy man when Ron came home early) that ended up leaving him without his money, home, or business.

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* HenpeckedHusband: Gary to Yvonne and Ron to Stella. [[spoiler:It's no wonder he decided to stay with Phoebe in the end.]]
end]] and Ron to Stella.
* KarmaHoudini: Stella. She was continually abusive to him, Ron, cheated on him, and then blackmailed him into accepting a one-sided divorce (following an altercation with Stella's fancy man when Ron came home early) that ended up leaving him without his money, home, or business.
2nd Dec '14 2:15:00 AM Patachou
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* DenserAndWackier: Started out as a fairly straight sitcom about a cheating husband with a time travel twist but in the final series we had Gary being split into multiple Garys, a time travelling teenage criminal from the future and JackTheRipper.

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* DenserAndWackier: Started out as a fairly straight sitcom about a cheating husband with a time travel twist but in the final series we had Gary being split into multiple Garys, a time travelling teenage criminal from the future and JackTheRipper.UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.



* JackTheRipper: Appears in one episode where Gary accidentally time-travels the wrong way. Turns out his mysterious disappearance was because he, too, was a time traveller, and got run over in modern London.

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* JackTheRipper: UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: Appears in one episode where Gary accidentally time-travels the wrong way. Turns out his mysterious disappearance was because he, too, was a time traveller, and got run over in modern London.
2nd Oct '14 3:36:20 PM caffeinatedkate
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* ActorAllusion: In one episode someone props up the bar access behind Gary and he almost leans on the empty space, but then notices and nods to himself -- this provokes gales of uproarious laughter from the audience, which will seem a strange non sequitur to anyone not familiar with the famous scene in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' in which Del Boy (not Lyndhurst's character Rodney, oddly) does the same but goes crashing to the floor with a fixed expression.
** In one episode Gary claims he was taught how to speak in any dialect: his cockney is identical to Rodney.



* FakeBrit: Irish actress Dervla Kirwan as Phoebe.



* TheOtherDarrin: ''Both'' of the actresses playing Gary's two wives were replaced for Series Four onwards. Michelle Holmes left and was replaced with Emma Amos when she decided Yvonne was underused and had no scope for character development, whilst Dervla Kirwan left to concentrate on ''Series/{{Ballykissangel}}'', her friend Elizabeth Carling was her own recommendation as a replacement Phoebe.
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