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 ... See full summary »




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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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 December 1993 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Phoebe: Look, I have just spent three hours queuing up outside the greengrocer's and all I've got to show for it is ten pounds of spuds, a pound of curly kale and chilblains. It wouldn't hurt you to get your own tea for once!
Gary: Can't imagine Eric in a pinny.
Phoebe: Oh. Hello, Gary. I was just giving Dad a piece of my mind.
Gary: About the only thing not on the ration, I suppose.
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Will Gary stop visiting the 1940s?
19 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the first series of 'Goodnight Sweetheart' draws to a close Gary is contemplating stopping going back to the 1940s; first he gets barred from the Royal Oak for making certain comments about the king that Phoebe's father find less than patriotic then he returns home to Yvonne to find that he is in the doghouse after running up credit card bills paying for his wartime hobby. Friend Ron has an idea how to make some money; invest in a firm that was almost worthless in 1940 but is booming in 1943. Gary also has an idea how to get back into Phoebe and Eric's good books when he learns details of a visit by the king to an East End hospital… he even manages to get them to meet the King. After that success he invites Phoebe to the Savoy for a farewell meal; he hope to spend the night with her but news of her husband's capture puts an end to that and leaves him unsure if he will see her again.

This episode was a fine conclusion to the first series; it wraps up much of the story in such a way that anybody who didn't know that there were five more series to come could see it as an ending. There are plenty of laughs to be had on the way to the poignant ending that makes it look as though Gary and Phoebe may never get together. The way Gary engineers a meeting with the king is amusing as is Phoebe's reaction when she is introduced to him. Not all plot lines are wrapped up; there is no suggestion how Ron's plan to make a killing on the stock market will work out… one can only guess that it won't go quite according to plan. Overall this was a fine conclusion to the first series that left me looking forward to finding out what happens next… somehow I feel the 1940s haven't seen the last of Gary Sparrow.

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