British sitcom in which an unhappily married man discovers he can time travel back to 1940s war-torn London where he masquerades as an MI5 agent and part-time songwriter whilst courting the local barmaid.
Gary Sparrow lives in the 1990s with his wife but has a route back to the 1940s where he has a mistress. Gary has a tough time keeping his double-life a secret from the two women as he jumps back and forth in time. Only his friend Ron knows the truth.Written by
The opening credits for series 1 featured David Ryall's name alongside the other main actors. This disappeared from series 2 onwards due to his character (Eric) being written out between series 1 and 2, having been killed in an air raid.
However, when Gary walks past the first Screen 1 sign in the opening credits, you can tell that it still has Ryall's name on it, despite the second Screen 1 sign changing. See more »
This is a lovely, gentle comedy. Nicholas Lyndhurst proves his versatility in his portrayal of Gary Sparrow, a man genuinely torn between two women. The two female leads are also interesting - sarcastic Yvonne, dynamic yet insecure and practical Pheobe, strong but also insecure. Despite the fact that he is a cheat, you find yourself sympathising with Gary's situation. He loves and needs both women, and his struggle is agonising. Some of the episodes are a bit predictable, but even this is forgivable and the series as a whole is well worth a watch. The music, clothing and behaviour of the characters is nostalgic, touching, funny and sad all at once. Fabulous!
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