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)
 Judith / ... (63 episodes, 1992-2005)
 Alistair Deacon (60 episodes, 1992-2005)
 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 <>

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Release Date:

12 January 1992 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ahogy múlik az idő  »

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Moira Brooker, who plays Judith, Jean's grown-up daughter, admits to occasionally being so mesmerized by Judi Dench's talents while taping that she would forget to say her lines. See more »


In Season 3 Episode 6, in the park scene (17:10 into the show), after Lionel tells Jean, "We sleep together", Jean's ice cream cone goes from being just under the lip of the cone to above the lip. As the cameras switch from left to right, the amount of ice cream in the cone increases and decreases. See more »


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Rocky Hardcastle: Rock on!
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Rock Around the Clock
Written by Max Freedman (as Max C. Freedman) and James E. Myers (as Jimmy De Knight)
Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
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Gentle, very realistic, with likable characters
20 October 2004 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

This show grows on you. It's not as purely funny as many top comedies (e.g., Frasier, Friends, Mad About You, Seinfeld), it's not as imaginative in plot or continuing story as others. There's no truly over the top character whose wildness captures the public's imagination.

Yet the writing and acting work gently - slowly but not too slowly - to make this a very pleasant world to be in.

And so you DO look forward to visiting with these people, do care about their smallish problems, do chuckle at the gentle humor.

The characters just seem so very real that it does feel like you're dropping in on visiting people who are warm, real, caring, likable.

It's a very likable show.

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