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"Goodnight Sweetheart" (1993) More at IMDbPro »

Season: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Year: 1993 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Rites of Passage

18 November 1993
Less than happily married to Yvonne, television repair man Gary Sparrow walks down Duckett's passage in London's East End and winds up in the Royal Oak, which he thinks is a war-time theme pub. In fact he has gone back in time to 1940. Initially mistaken for a spy, he cheers the customers during an air-raid by singing 1970s pop songs which he says he has written and saves the landlord's life by giving him the kiss of life, which he claims to have learned in America. He is attracted to the landlord's daughter Phoebe, but she is married to a serving soldier.

Season 1, Episode 2: Fools Rush In

25 November 1993
Gary is going for an interview for promotion at work and Yvonne wants him to wear a suit but he is not keen. Eventually he buys a second hand, very old-fashioned suit. He fails to get the promotion but he looks more at home when he goes back down Duckett's Passage to see Phoebe. He also tells his friend Ron about his experience.

Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Gary

Dervla Kirwan ... Phoebe
Michelle Holmes ... Yvonne

David Ryall ... Eric

Victor McGuire ... Ron
Pamela Cundell ... Edna
Ben Lobb ... Donald
John Rapley ... Old Codger
Freddie Stuart ... Barman
Roger Kitter ... Marty Harty (voice)
Karen Frawley ... Listener (voice)
Les Brown (as Les Brown and his Music)

Season 1, Episode 3: Is Your Journey Really Necessary?

2 December 1993
Yvonne, preoccupied with her Open University course and her nephew's christening, is angry with Gary for spending a hundred and twenty pounds on a set of books about bombing raids in World War Two. This does, however, alert him to a raid which will take place that night and he is able to reach the Royal Oak and warn people, spending the night in the air-raid shelter with Phoebe. The police are suspicious that he knew the raid was coming. Yvonne is even more suspicious that he stayed out all night.

Season 1, Episode 4: The More I See You

9 December 1993
Yvonne is annoyed with Gary's obsession with the war, especially when she finds the suit-case full of memorabilia that he takes with him back to the Royal Oak. He gets Ron, a printer, to forge him identity papers and is prepared to take Ron back with him but only Gary can time travel. Gary is worried that Ron may have told Yvonne about Phoebe but it's a false alarm.

Season 1, Episode 5: I Get Along Without You Very Well

16 December 1993
Although Gary vows to spend more time with Yvonne and give up time travel, discovery of an old lady called Phoebe Sparrow makes him suspect that he may have married the Royal Oak barmaid and he goes back in time to find out. However he gets run over and wakes up in hospital with a broken arm. To cover for him Ron tells Yvonne he was arrested at a football match in Lithuania.

Season 1, Episode 6: In the Mood

23 December 1993
After more complaints from Yvonne about his wartime obsession, Gary, armed with forged period bank notes, makes what he reckons will be his final trip back to the past, making a stock exchange killing and taking Phoebe to dinner at the Savoy. The King is visiting the area and the visit is being filmed. Consequently Yvonne is surprised to see a familiar face when the archive film is shown on television.

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: Don't Get Around Much Any More

20 February 1995
Six months have elapsed and Gary has not been back to Duckett's passage but is persuaded by Ron to return and invest money so that, fifty years later, the interest will be huge. Telling Phoebe he has been in America working on a musical, he learns that her father was killed in an air-raid and her husband taken prisoner of war. She is now the pub's landlady. He deposits the money in a bank straight out of 'Dad's Army' but when, in the present, he and Ron return, they find that the money was invested in a firm which went bust in 1957.

Season 2, Episode 2: I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good

27 February 1995
In the doghouse with Yvonne over his fertility problem, Gary takes coffee and other treats back to the Royal Oak, only to find Phoebe's head turned by a handsome Czech officer called Ludo. Since he wants to invest her late father's money in a dodgy pension scheme and is thinking of changing his name to Robert Maxwell, Gary sends him packing - to Phoebe's displeasure. Policeman Reg helps him drown his sorrows but that means when he steps back into the present he is over the limit and gets done for drunk driving.

Season 2, Episode 3: Just One More Chance

6 March 1995
Gary loses his driving licence and his job and, back in 1941, Phoebe is just as miserable despite his present to her of a pair of tights. On return to the present he finds Yvonne has called in a marriage counsellor but she argues with her and the session ends abruptly. Gary has good sex with Yvonne but, given his unemployment, she no longer feels they should have a baby. Gary goes back to the Royal Oak, taking comfort in Hitler's invasion of Russia.

Season 2, Episode 4: Who's Taking You Home Tonight?

13 March 1995
As cover for his time travel Gary tells Yvonne he works late for Ron and feels obliged to take her to dinner at an Indian restaurant. However Phoebe has arranged to cook him a special meal on the same night, which involves much climbing in and out of the restaurant toilet window to travel back and forward in time. An air-raid bails him out where Phoebe is concerned but Ron's marriage pays the price for Gary's present day excuses.

Season 2, Episode 5: Wish Me Luck...

20 March 1995
Yvonne gets her dream job in Macclesfield and Gary, reluctant to leave London and Phoebe, fakes his suicide. However Yvonne comes back after appreciating that the job was not for her and misinterprets Ron's sympathy for the 'widow' as making a pass at her. In 1941 Gary starts to experience the harsh reality of war as a bomb falls in the area.

Season 2, Episode 6: ...As You Wave Me Goodbye

27 March 1995
Gary finds that wartime life has its tribulations as the pub's water supply is cut off after bomb damage, he has to risk his life fire-watching and he and Phoebe have become the subject of local gossip. There is a way out, though, as Ron explains, as his suicide note has not been found and he can therefore return to his life in the present day.

Season 2, Episode 7: Would You Like to Swing on a Star

3 April 1995
Under the guise of being paid for working for Ron, Gary gives Yvonne money earned by taking items from 1941 and selling them to a collectors' shop. Yvonne has become the leading lady in the Willesden Players but Gary objects to her doing a love scene with the leading man and invalids him out so that he can take his place. He scores a big hit in 1941, too, when he enters a talent contest and gains an agent, Mr. Wix, who wants to send him on tour.

Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Gary

Dervla Kirwan ... Phoebe
Michelle Holmes ... Yvonne

Victor McGuire ... Ron
Christopher Ettridge ... Reg

Ronnie Stevens ... Wix
Peter Blythe ... Gregory
Robin McCallum ... Lance (as Robin Lermitte)
Nicola Redmond ... Stallholder
Natasha Gardiner ... Record Assistant
Len Howe ... Dick
Michelle Cattini ... Autograph Seeker

Season 2, Episode 8: Nice Work If You Can Get It

10 April 1995
Gary's concert in Palmer's Green is a success and Mr. Wix books him into the Plaistow Astoria, on the same night that he and Yvonne are opening with the Willesden Wildeans. He is nervous and the doctor gives him pills to relax him. Due to an air-raid he ducks out of the Astoria gig early and makes it back to the theatre with Yvonne but has had so many pills he collapses on stage.

Season 2, Episode 9: Let Yourself Go

24 April 1995
Whilst Yvonne, who believes she is pregnant, visits her mother, Gary accompanies Phoebe to Buckinghamshire to visit her cousins, evacuees unaware that their parents are dead. Gary, whom Phoebe has passed off as her husband and whose cover as a Hollywood song-writer is almost blown by an American airman, gets through to the withdrawn little girl Sally and takes a photo of her. Phoebe and Gary make love in a barn before he returns to Yvonne. Not pregnant after all she breaks down when she sees Sally's photo and Gary comforts her.

Season 2, Episode 10: Don't Fence Me In

1 May 1995
Phoebe's licence for the pub is due to be renewed and sleazy brewery rep Harrison says he will sanction it if she sleeps with him but Gary catches him out by using a pocket tape recorder and ensures she keep the licence anyway. A Portakabin is erected in Duckett's Passage for building work. It almost blocks Gary's trip to the past but, unlike Ron, he manages to find a way through in time for Phoebe's birthday.

Season 3

Season 3, Episode 1: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

26 December 1995
Gary opens a shop selling war-time memorabilia brought back from the past in Duckett's plaza, a shopping parade on the site of the passage. Jayne Mansfield, the estate agent who helped him get the shop, tries to seduce him and when he resists, tells Yvonne he made a pass at her. However he convinces Yvonne this is not true and Yvonne pours coffee in her computer. Whilst actually going on a skiing holiday with Yvonne, Gary tells the Royal Oak regulars that he has to go to Singapore, at which point it is announced that America has entered the war.

Season 3, Episode 2: It Ain't Necessarily So

1 January 1996
Gary returns with Yvonne from the skiing trip and gives Ron a watch, actually set for 1941. Ron is having trouble with Stella, who won't even ask him to her New Year party, though after Yvonne has spoken to her she relents. Ron is late and blames the watch. Gary manages to celebrate the New Year in both 1941 and 1995. He takes Phoebe back to his room and encounters the wrath of Mrs. Bloss, the landlady, but something he discovers about Mrs. Bloss's husband in the present gives him a hold over her.

Season 3, Episode 3: One O'Clock Jump

8 January 1996
Gary's shop flourishes whilst Yvonne is depressed at being jobless so Gary applies on her behalf to the Symbion Company, based in Korea. In the present day Gary again runs into the policeman who is the spitting image of Reg but Reg tells Gary he and his wife Minnie have no children. A little detective work leads Gary to the Streatham Bus garage and the revelation that Reg does have a son, Frank, by a bus conductor's wife called Margie. Mr. Shik and his silent wife come to the Sparrows for an informal interview over dinner. Gary and Yvonne row about the war but Mr. Shik is impressed by their openness and gives Yvonne the job.

Season 3, Episode 4: It's a Sin to Tell a Lie

15 January 1996
Detectably counterfeit money notes are flooding the area around the Royal Oak and initially Gary suspects Ron trying to discredit him out of jealousy but the notes are traced to Owen Jones, a Nazi spy whom Reg accuses of sleeping with his wife. Owen is caught and it turns out he has no member - it was shot off - so he was not having sex with Minnie after all. Gary tells Yvonne this story to help her with her course work, changing names and making it sound like a fiction. However Ron is surprised to hear Yvonne talking about the inhabitants of Gary's 1941 world, and things are getting even worse with Stella.

Season 3, Episode 5: Change Partners

22 January 1996
As Ron's marriage crumbles, Gary brags of his prowess with the ladies, only to find that both Yvonne and Phoebe, tired of his absences, are carving out their own social lives. He wins Phoebe back from a lying aircraft mechanic who claims to be a fighter pilot and, after congratulating Reg on the model fort he has made for his son Frankie, amuses Yvonne by coming as Maid Marian to her fancy dress party, wrongly mistaking her Peter Pan costume for Robin Hood. For a drunken Ron it's the end of the line with Stella as he insults an animal rights campaigner and collapses in the garden.

Season 3, Episode 6: Goodnight Children Everywhere

29 January 1996
Phoebe's young cousins Peter and Sally come to stay at the pub and Gary has more joy with them than he does in the present day. He and Yvonne are arguing as her new job has made her super-confident and, to cap it all, Ron is now staying with them after his final row with Stella. Yvonne is not keen on the idea - nor for that matter is Gary but he has to keep Ron sweet or else he may tell Yvonne about Phoebe.

Season 3, Episode 7: Turned Out Nice Again

5 February 1996
Gary successfully performs the Beatles' song 'When I'm 64', which he claims to have penned himself, at a birthday party in the Royal Oak and Mr. Wyx suggests he sell the song to entertainer George Formby to sing at the Hackney Empire. George arrives with his controlling wife Beryl and Gary is unhappy to give him the song. However, he is saved by the fact that George gets drunk, forgets the words and never performs it.

Season 3, Episode 8: There's Something About a Soldier

12 February 1996
Phoebe's husband Donald, who has escaped from the prison camp in Italy, returns. Gary feels he must give Phoebe up for good - Ron suggests he tell her he is an alien from the planet Zircon - but both Phoebe and Donald tell Gary separately that they allowed themselves to be pushed into a somewhat passionless marriage by relatives. It is implicit in what Donald tells Gary that his real love was Steve, with whom he planned to emigrate but was killed in North Africa. Donald takes his leave, bidding Gary to take care of Phoebe. Yvonne is devastated because Gary again fails to come home and she has arranged a job interview for him with her firm.

Season 3, Episode 9: Someone to Watch Over Me

19 February 1996
When Phoebe is ill with pneumonia Gary brings her penicillin, the bottles belonging to Yvonne and Ron, who had some for his poorly dog Sheba. Phoebe recovers and, seeing the name Sheba on the label, suspects Gary is seeing another woman. He decides to tell her the truth about Yvonne but she has already fallen asleep.

Season 3, Episode 10: The Yanks Are Coming

26 February 1996
When the Yanks come to the Royal Oak Gary is able to get Ron the parts he needs to build his own jeep and Reg discovers he has a black cousin, in the area to trace his ancestors. A racist corporal called Billy Joe tries to ban the black soldiers from the pub so Gary gets him drunk and knocks him out. Yvonne is so thrilled by the success of the memorabilia shop that Gary is worried by her zeal and takes steps to dampen her enthusiasm.

Season 3, Episode 11: Let's Get Away from It All

4 March 1996
Gary's parallel lives run parallel as Yvonne puts their house in Cricklewood on the market to move to 'yuppy heaven' with a gym and a pool and Phoebe rents a house in the suburbs from a woman who is moving to Devon for the war's duration. Both women are pregnant by him but, as he tells Ron, Phoebe needs him more, meaning he must spend less time in the present.

Season 4

Season 4, Episode 1: You're Driving Me Crazy

3 March 1997
About to be a father twice over, Gary is feeling under pressure and starts smoking 1940s cigarettes in Yvonne's presence. Back in 1942 he places an advert in the Times saying he would like to buy Swiss watches. He tells Reg these are to drop behind enemy lines telling different times to confuse Hitler but they are to sell in his shop. A little man turns up with a case-load, followed by undercover cop Tommy Kingdom, whose cover Reg blows. The man escapes, having apparently picked Gary's pocket of the one watch he managed to buy but fortunately Phoebe got there first and hid it in the Wonderbra Gary bought her.

Season 4, Episode 2: In the Mood

10 March 1997
Gary is baby-sitting Yvonne's young nephew Arthur when he disappears. He suspects that the little boy may have wandered through the time warp back to 1942 and goes after him. Reg finds a small boy and Gary attempts to return him to the present but the child is unable to get through the portal. Of course he is not Arthur, who is found in the present and Yvonne goes off again, leaving Gary to mind him.

Season 4, Episode 3: Out of Town

17 March 1997
Whilst Yvonne is in Korea on business Gary arranges to stay on a farm in Kent with Phoebe for a week. Yvonne phones him to make sure all is well but the subterfuge is that Gary has a sore throat and cannot speak so Ron does all the talking. This almost goes awry when Gary's father George turns up but he is a keen philatelist and is bought off with some rare stamps from the 1940s and accepts Gary's story that he is going to the Hebrides. Gary and Phoebe do go to Kent but it never stops raining.

Season 4, Episode 4: And Mother Came Too

24 March 1997
Donald is killed when a sniper falls out of a tree and Ron gets arrested.

Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Gary
Elizabeth Carling ... Phoebe

Victor McGuire ... Ron
Christopher Ettridge ... Reg
Rowena Cooper ... Dolly
Peter Halliday ... Vicar
Jane Briers ... Magistrate
Sebastian Abineri ... Ron's Solicitor
Martin Beaumont ... Policeman
Ellen O'Grady ... Prosecution
Kerry Angus ... Transvestite
Emma Amos ... Yvonne (credit only)

Season 4, Episode 5: The Leaving of Liverpool

8 April 1997
Phoebe and Gary go to Liverpool to see her grandma, Ron having told him to look out for his grandfather Albert who became a hero for saving a child in a fire. Gary does indeed meet Albert, who gets arrested. After returning to the present for advice from Ron and finding himself in a parallel universe where Ron is a vicar and Yvonne, who fails to recognize him, has a husband also named Ron, Gary goes back to 1942 and gets Albert released but Albert has no desire to be a hero so Gary rescues the kid and lets him take the credit.

Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Gary
Emma Amos ... Yvonne
Elizabeth Carling ... Phoebe
Christopher Ettridge ... Reg

Victor McGuire ... Ron / Albert (as Vic Noir in latter role)
Carmel McSharry ... Gran
Kenneth Cope ... Landlord

Season 4, Episode 6: How Long Has This Been Going On?

15 April 1997
As Gary argues with Phoebe over which school to send their unborn child, Margie, the mother of Reg's son Frankie, comes to the pub, complaining about the rough treatment she is receiving from her husband Jackie. After Margie and Frankie have met, Jackie arrives, looking for trouble and threatening Gary, whom he mistakes for Reg. Reg, however, knocks him out. Back in the present day Yvonne miscarries and is rushed to hospital.

Season 4, Episode 7: Easy Living

22 April 1997
Gary is stock-taking and Yvonne, who has quit her job to do an aromatherapy course, wants to help, which is annoying because Gary and Phoebe need to be at the church to plan their wedding. Eventually he gets away and goes back to the Royal Oak but the wedding looks like being a shambles as there is no best man.

Season 4, Episode 8: Come Fly with Me

29 April 1997
On the eve of his wedding Gary attends two stag nights - one arranged by Ron and another set up by visiting Canadian pilots at the Royal Oak. Gary gets very drunk and almost ends up heading out to sea with the flyers but returns to the present in a hung-over state. To afford him a lie-in Yvonne turns off the alarm clock, causing him to over-sleep when he should be at the church getting married to Phoebe.

Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Gary
Elizabeth Carling ... Phoebe
Emma Amos ... Yvonne

Victor McGuire ... Ron
Christopher Ettridge ... Reg
Chris Humphreys ... Steve
John Fitzgerald Jay ... Mike (as John Fitzgerald-Jay)

Jay Simon ... Joe
Danielle Tarento ... Stripper

Eva Gray ... Phoebe's Friend (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 9: Heartaches

6 May 1997
Having overslept Gary is late arriving at church; the wedding party has left and a funeral is in progress. After being given the cold shoulder by Phoebe - and Reg - he says he is sorry and the wedding does go ahead, followed by a knees-up in the Royal Oak afterwards, though Gary and Phoebe wonder if their relationship will change now that they are married.

Season 4, Episode 10: Careless Talk...

13 May 1997
Reg is painting the nursery for Gary, who needs some wartime fivers to pay him with. Ron agrees to print some for him if Gary can get him a date with Kate, a friend of Yvonne's, which Gary does. Unfortunately Ron starts to tell Kate that Gary travels through time so Gary has to compensate by telling her that Ron is such a scream he will say anything for a laugh.

Season 4, Episode 11: The Bells Are Ringing

20 May 1997
Against Gary's advice, Yvonne has decided to go into business with a man called Clive, to promote her new health drink, but he is a swindler who runs off with her investment and so she and Ron, whose business has also gone bust, get drunk together. Gary learns that, at about the time Phoebe is due to give birth, the church bells rang out to celebrate General Montgomery's North African victories and resolves to be present at the birth. It's as well that he is because the midwife has got drunk and disappeared leaving Gary and Margie to deliver the baby - just as the bells start to ring. The child is a boy - Michael Montgomery Sparrow.

Season 5

Season 5, Episode 1: A Room with a View

23 February 1998
Hit by the blast from an air-raid whilst out with his son Michael, Gary is amazed to discover that both of them have been blown, by the blast, back into the present day and he has to concoct a story about finding an abandoned baby to appease a suspicious Yvonne, who believes him to be seeing another woman. He returns with Michael to the war and arranges for himself and Phoebe to look at a flat in the stylish West End, one of their neighbours being the composer and playwright Noel Coward, a fact which comes in handy when they are refused entry to the local air-raid shelter for being new to the area.

Season 5, Episode 2: London Pride

2 March 1998
Yvonne's business selling holistic beauty products is a huge success and she is invited to a Woman of the Year bash at 10, Downing Street. However, when Gary arrives he is not allowed in because everyone assumes her real husband is her business partner Clive Lezouche. He returns to Phoebe, saying he has been denied access to a party given by Winston Churchill. Phoebe has been denied service by the local butcher for not being posh enough so Noel Coward helps her out with elocution lessons before Gary, posing as a health inspector following up supposed inquiries into bad meat, steals the butcher's stock of venison.

Season 5, Episode 3: When Two Worlds Collide

9 March 1998
An unexploded bomb goes off in Duckett's Passage - opening a portal into the present and to Gary's horror Phoebe comes through it with him. He tells her his shop is his secret H.Q. and when Yvonne phones to remind him of their dinner date, plays a tape of an air-raid to get Phoebe to hide. Yvonne turns up at the shop and the two women meet but Gary just about gets by. However he has enlisted Ron's help in looking after Phoebe and, when he gets Phoebe back to her own time zone, finds that Ron is able to come through as well.

Season 5, Episode 4: Mairzy Doats

16 March 1998
Overjoyed to think that he can also time travel, Ron is in his element in 1942 and partners Phoebe's easy friend Violet to accompany the Sparrows and Reg to a dance where he gets out of hand, forcing Gary to make excuses about his being an eccentric millionaire and his former commanding officer, now sick in the head. When the two men return to the future, Yvonne is surprised that Gary missed out on the chance to see a Chelsea game but he tells her he went to a stag party.

Season 5, Episode 5: Pennies from Heaven

23 March 1998
Ron suggests that Gary read up in old newspapers the winners of horse races in 1942 and then go back and bet on them, which he does but the bookie cheats him out of his winnings. Gary is anxious for Ron to print him some more wartime bank-notes and dates Mrs. Flanagan, Ron's boss, to get her out of the way whilst Ron does his forging. However, Ron is arrested for counterfeiting money, and tells the police the truth about printing notes for a friend who time-travels. As a result he has to see a psychiatrist so he gets back at Gary by telling Yvonne her husband has won six hundred pounds - unfortunately they are all in war-time fivers.

Season 5, Episode 6: We Don't Want to Lose You...

30 March 1998
Yvonne's business is a great success and Gary tells Ron that, by comparison, he feels a nobody. All this will change, however, in 1942 when ebullient spy-master Tufty McDuff hauls him out of the Cafe Royal and informs him that Reg has told people he is a secret agent. Gary tries to tell the truth about himself but Tufty does not believe him, particularly that he comes from a time where beer costs two quid a pint. He introduces Gary to French colonel Henri Dupont, his exact double, and tells him he is to act as Henri's decoy for a briefing session about the allied landings to be held on the Isle of Wight. He is dropped off from a small boat at a quay - overrun with Germans. He is in France.

Season 5, Episode 7: ... But We Think You Have to Go

6 April 1998
Gary sees that Tufty has used him as a decoy and that he is expendable. He is captured by some Germans but, thanks to French double agent called Celeste, he escapes and gets back to his boat and back home. He brags about his experience but nobody is especially interested. Ron goes to meet Simone, a statuesque model, on Yvonne's behalf and ends up having a passionate session with her in the back of a Rolls Royce. He too brags about his experience and again nobody is especially interested.

Season 5, Episode 8: Have You Ever Seen a Dream Walking?

13 April 1998
Gary is having disturbing dreams, such as one where Rolf Harris appears to upbraid him for claiming he wrote 'Two Little Boys'. To ease his sleep Ron slips him a sleeping pill but this gives him a nightmare in which Yvonne and Phoebe have found out about each other and force him to choose between them. He wakes up in a cold sweat in the dark and thinks he is in limbo but it's only a power cut. On Ron's advice he goes for a holiday in Eastbourne.

Season 5, Episode 9: Love the One You're With

20 April 1998
Having discovered that Reg is still alive and in a nursing home, Gary visits but Reg fails to recognize him. The meeting puts him in mind of how in 1944 he provided biscuits for Margie's birthday party at the Royal Oak, where Noel Coward came to entertain. Of course, as ever, this clashes with a present day engagement. Yvonne has written a successful autobiography and wants Gary by her side for the signings. When the porter at Gary's flat block tells him that, in 1944, the occupant of number 15 was run over by a bus, Gary goes back to warn him only to find that the porter got it wrong - the victim was Mr. Foster from number 16. However Gary juggles the two engagements successfully and back in the present Yvonne, who had earlier caught Ron giving Gary a fraternal hug which they had explained as being a lecture on wrestling, decides she would like to wrestle with her husband.

Season 5, Episode 10: My Heart Belongs to Daddy

27 April 1998
Gary is visited in his shop by a shabbily-dressed middle-aged man down on his luck and out to sell some wartime items. He tells Gary he resembles his father who disowned him after doing time in prison. Gary is horrified to see that this is his son Michael. He goes back in time and allows Noel Coward to publish one of his songs and put the royalties into a trust fund for Michael. Next day Michael returns to the shop but he is prosperous, happily married and living in New Zealand.

Season 6

Season 6, Episode 1: Mine's a Double

20 April 1999
During a storm in 1944 Gary is struck by lightning, causing two clones of him to appear - a good Gary and a bad Gary. The bad version ties up the good one and heads into the present to satisfy Yvonne with the passionate sex she is craving. He also gets a gun from Ron, who naturally mistakes him for his friend, and goes back to the Royal Oak where, after alienating Phoebe with his aloof behaviour, he tries to shoot the real Gary. Real Gary and evil Gary return to the shop where Ron overpowers the bad guy. Then the good and rather camp Gary, who has freed himself and been doing ambulance work for the past three days, appears. At Ron's suggestion all three Garys hold hands and return through the portal, restoring order.

Season 6, Episode 2: All About Yvonne

26 April 1999
Following a row with Yvonne Gary moves in with Ron. Ron has a new girl-friend Flic, to whom he has lied about being very wealthy and part-owning footballer Ronaldo. Yvonne has taken up with a handsome Italian, Roberto. This preys on Gary's mind and when he accidentally calls Phoebe Yvonne he explains that he is after an Italian spy called Roberto who has kidnapped a woman called Yvonne. Gary takes Flic and Ron to a restaurant where he knows Roberto is wining and dining Yvonne. He flirts with Flic to make Yvonne jealous and, although Yvonne sees through the ploy, she decides to have Gary back anyway.

Season 6, Episode 3: California Dreamin'

2 May 1999
Both Gary's wives want to move to California, though a contract for a statue at the Millenium Dome changes Yvonne's mind. Reg retires though no one comes to his party. Gary and Phoebe take on a night club, employing him as commissionaire. Gary is relieved that Phoebe seems to have relinquished thoughts of emigrating - until, at the club's opening night, she sings one of 'his' songs,' California Dreamin'.

Season 6, Episode 4: Grief Encounter

16 May 1999
Noel Coward and David Lean are filming 'Brief Encounter' and Noel wants a night club scene with Gary accompanying Phoebe on the piano. However Gary does not want filmed evidence of his time travel and instead Noel employs composer Anthony Blair. Gary is jealous when Phoebe and Anthony appear to be intimate on set but they are just acting in the film. Ultimately Phoebe is cut from the film as its star Celia Johnson does not think her character would go to night clubs. In the present Gary has his own Brief Encounter scenario. Yvonne's firm is subject to a hostile takeover by an American firm, thanks to double dealing partner Clive. Yvonne decides to head for the States but, at the station, Gary in pursuit of her, trips over a porter's trolley and breaks his arm. Yvonne stays as Gary, over the phone, forces Clive to recompense her.

Season 6, Episode 5: ...The 'Ouses in Between

23 May 1999
Gary finds himself back in the 1880s when Reg's grandfather was a policeman. Gary is to provide entertainment at the Royal Oak but only Marie Lloyd - who looks like Yvonne - finds him entertaining. There is a serial killer on the loose, none other than Jack the Ripper, and when Gary gets back to his shop he finds that Jack the Ripper, also a time traveller, has followed him through the portal. He reluctantly lets Jack go, only for Jack to get run over and killed. This is presumably why the Whitechapel murders ended when they did.

Season 6, Episode 6: Just in Time

30 May 1999
When a workman called Sparks appears and tells Gary he must close the portal behind the shop, Gary decides his loyalties lie with Phoebe in 1944 and leaves Ron the shop. A young man called Brick Beckham comes in, gets chatting to Ron and offers to buy all the stock for one hundred and forty thousand pounds. Sparks has told Gary the portal will take four hours to close but, come the deadline, it is still open and he comes back to the empty shop to discover that the anomaly that was closed was the gateway to 2168, through which Brick Beckham has passed with all the stock - for which he had yet to pay.

Season 6, Episode 7: How I Won the War

6 June 1999
Gary and Phoebe join a concert party in Belgium to entertain the troops but the party is accidentally dropped off behind enemy lines. Gary tries to create a diversion when the Germans advance by dressing as Hitler. The party is saved but Gary's face is sore having pulled off his Hitler wig and moustache which were stuck on with spirit gum, so he tells Yvonne he caught his head in a door.

Season 6, Episode 8: Something Fishie

13 June 1999
Gary and Phoebe's club is threatened by two men calling themselves Smith and Jones, protection racketeers demanding fifty pounds a month. Police office Priestley is no help because, unbeknown to the Sparrows, he is taking a cut from them. Gary, using a modern tele-photo lens, stakes out the men's house from across the road and snaps the corrupt officer taking his bribe, thus ending the racket. In the present Ron is recovering from Flic leaving him but a doodle-bug which landed near the pub in the forties has now exploded, blowing up the Millenium Dome and Yvonne's statue.

Season 6, Episode 9: Flash, Bang, Wallop

21 June 1999
Yvonne is reading a biography of Noel Coward which contains a photo, taken by Cecil Beaton, of a party Noel gave at the Sparrows' night club, in which Gary figures. When Gary's efforts to stop the photo being taken fail he raids Beaton's studio and destroys the negative but is arrested. Noel and Reg both come to bail him out and accidentally feature in the mug shot the zealous young copper is taking of Gary, rather than Gary himself. This photo now replaces the one of Gary in the book but, whilst Ron accidentally books himself into a holiday with amorous old ladies, Yvonne goes to see Noel's recently discovered play, 'Gary and Phoebe'.

Season 6, Episode 10: Accentuate the Positive

28 June 1999
Yvonne finds a photo of Gary with Phoebe. He claims that it is of his grandfather but she is suspicious and follows him, seeing him vanish into thin air as he goes down the passage. Ron explains to her what has been happening and Gary attempts to tell Reg but he's too drunk after celebrating V.E. Day. Gary saves future prime minister Clement Attlee from being assassinated and thinks that maybe this is why he was sent back in time. He tries to get back to 1999 but the portal has closed for good and he and Yvonne say their goodbyes on either side as Gary prepares to start post-war life with Phoebe, and Ron, whilst decorating Gary's old flat in the present, comes across a message from Gary written forty-four years earlier.

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