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As Time Goes By (1992–2005)

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The Korean War and a long lost letter separate the lives of young lovers Jean and Lionel, whose paths cross again by happenstance.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Jean Hardcastle / ... (67 episodes, 1992-2005)
 Lionel Hardcastle (67 episodes, 1992-2005)
Moira Brooker ...
 Judith / ... (63 episodes, 1992-2005)
Philip Bretherton ...
 Alistair Deacon (60 episodes, 1992-2005)
Jenny Funnell ...
 Sandy (59 episodes, 1992-2005)


Lionel and Jean were lovers many years ago at the time of the Korean War. They are separated by a misunderstanding but meet again by chance when Lionel needs a secretary from Jean's firm. He takes her daughter, Judy, out on a date and discovers she is Jean's daughter. The two reunite and fall back in love. Written by Christopher Rothbauer <kg9it@qsl.net>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

12 January 1992 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ahogy múlik az idő  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of Jean was originally written for Jean Simmons. See more »


The opening sequence shows Lionel writing the missing letter from Korea. It is dated January 14th 1953. Yet throughout the series, they talk about Lionel being in London in August 1954, before he goes to Korea. In addition, the Korean War finished in 1953. He would not have been shot at in Korea in late 1954. See more »


[repeated line]
Rocky Hardcastle: Rock on!
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Referenced in Conan: As Time Goes Bi-Curious (2011) See more »


As Time Goes By
Written by Herman Hupfeld
Performed by Joe Fagin
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Why post the only unfavorable comment up front?
25 February 2005 | by (NH, USA) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why the one unfavorable comment concerning "As Time Goes By" is posted up front.

The series is a sweet comedy, and never imagines itself to be otherwise. The plot is very simple - two lovers struggle as they reunite after 30 years. The episodes follow them as they learn to live with and love each other again, colored by bittersweet regrets of the years they missed. The series touches nicely on the wish we all have to either fall in love, or rediscover love, without burdening us with heavy symbolism. The cast are all excellent in their ability to hold character throughout the series. There is just the right balance of silliness brought on by English character and temperament, and the seriousness that accompanies the search for love.

The dialog is crisp and entertaining, underplayed and natural, never going for the cheap laugh available in some of the situations created. If you are looking for an uplifting and entertaining experience without having to wade through maudlin sentimentality, you will like this program.

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