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 ... See full summary »

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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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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So that's why Jack the Ripper was never caught
3 August 2010 | by (Walmington On Sea) – See all my reviews

An outstanding episode from the final series of 'Goodnight Sweetheart'

On one of his many visits to the 1940's, Gary gets a taxi back to Ducket's Passage in order for him to get to the present day. Yet the taxi drives him to the wrong end. He goes through another time gate where he ends up in 1888. He obviously looks out of place in the pub he goes to. Yet a singer in this pub is someone who is the spitting image of Yvonne. During the time of Gary's visit to 1888, the Jack the Ripper murders were taking place. Will Gary be able to solve the mystery that has been subject to much speculation over the years...

This is one of the classic episodes of 'Goodnight Sweetheart' For me, it was a sitcom that became more bolder in its story lines as it went along making it a much more interesting and better show, this episode being another highly interesting storyline, wonderfully combining time travel and comedy.

It is fair to say that most Ripperologists don't take much notice of this episode as being an official line of enquiry, the fact Jack the Ripper was never caught because he was a time traveller, yet it is more plausible than some of the bizarre theories which have been the work of literature over the years, such as the one where author Lewis Carroll was a suspect due to Ripper themed anagrams in his books. This episode was a fantastic idea.


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