The Korean War and a long lost letter separate the lives of young lovers Jean and Lionel, whose paths cross again by happenstance.
Reviews
Popularity
1,151 ( 25)

On TV

Airs Wed. Mar. 01, 3:02 AM on PBS

ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
2005   2002   2000   1998   1997   1996   … See all »
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Waiting for God (1990–1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage, he meets Diana Trent, a feisty old woman who complains about everything and wants nothing more than just to die. Much to the dislike of ... See full summary »

Stars: Graham Crowden, Stephanie Cole, Daniel Hill
A Fine Romance (1981–1984)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

British sitcom about the simple relationship between Mike and Laura, two fairly unlikely individuals who come together and form an unmarried union. Nearing 40, Laura appears perplexed most ... See full summary »

Stars: Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Susan Penhaligon
To the Manor Born (1979–1981)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever. The new owner is Richard De ... See full summary »

Stars: Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne
Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.

Stars: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton
Good Neighbors (1975–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The perils of "escaping the rat race" and dropping out of society - to start a farm in Surbiton (and to drive Margo nuts).

Stars: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith
Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family's working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.

Stars: Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes
Butterflies (1978–1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ria, a happily married suburban housewife, reaches the age where she feels as if life is passing her by. Being taken for granted by her butterfly collecting dentist husband doesn't help. So... See full summary »

Stars: Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer, Bruce Montague
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The staff of the defunct Grace Brothers department store reunite to run a rural hotel.

Stars: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton
Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series 1973)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly.

Stars: Peter Sallis, Jane Freeman, Kathy Staff
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A surfer who stops in for a bite to eat at a 1940s-type diner eventually realizes that it is not a diner at all - it is a spaceship disguised as one, and the "owners" of the diner are aliens.

Director: Barry Peak
Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Nique Needles, Ray Barrett
The Vicar of Dibley (1994–2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A boisterous female minister comes to serve in an eccentricly conservative small town's church.

Stars: Dawn French, James Fleet, Trevor Peacock
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The staff of Grace Bros. take a trip to Costa Plonka while the department is being remodeled.

Director: Bob Kellett
Stars: John Inman, Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton
Edit

Cast

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)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 January 1992 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ahogy múlik az idő  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(64 episodes) | (1 episode) | (1 episode) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The man and woman in the photographs in the opening of the show, who are supposed to be Jean (Judi Dench) and Lionel (Geoffrey Palmer) when they first met, are actually Dench's daughter, actress Finty Williams, and Palmer's son. See more »

Goofs

The letter being written in the opening credits gives the date as January 1953 but when Jean and Lionel discuss the situation they say Lionel was in Korea in 1954. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Rocky Hardcastle: Rock on!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Einstein Factor: Episode #2.25 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Why we Americans like this so much
7 December 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I've just watched the "reunion" show, the newest episode of the series, made in early 2005. Judi Dench in an interview said that it was the enthusiasm of the American audience that convinced the cast and creators to continue the series.

And why? Why do we like, even love, this show so much? First, the deft, brilliant writing, the believable situations and character interactions. It's just that the laughs come from situations that all of us can recognize. He never will answer a ringing telephone, which drives her crazy; she just can't fill the dishwasher properly, in his opinion,and that drives him bananas. We recognize this in our own situations, our own relationships. And don't count out the romance, the idea that two people lose track of each other (it turns out, due to a misunderstanding!) and, after 38 years apart, fall in love all over again.

Don't misunderstand: this is a sex comedy, a sexy show! But it's not in your face, it's just presented as a delicious part of life.

Then of course it's the way British actors play comedy, always with style and panache, never going for cheap laughs, never overstated or self-indulgent. No smutty asides and improvisations, either, as "Method" trained American actors tend to do, on television, stage and film, when they try to play comedy. There's a wonderful sense of generosity in the playing, too: "We're doing this for YOU, the audience, not just for ourselves. Isn't it fun?"

The newest episodes introduced a new character and left the door open for further developments. I look forward to more!


27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page