Goodnight Sweetheart is returning for a one-off special
sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart, which ran for six series between 1993 and 1999, is coming back for a one off special as part of the BBC’s landmark sitcom season celebrating the heritage and legacy of BBC comedy over the past 60 years. And Gary Sparrow himself Nicholas Lyndhurst will be in the starring role.
Goodnight Sweetheart saw TV repairman Gary find a portal from the 1990s to war torn 1940s London and over the course of the six series he balanced two lives between modern wife Yvonne (played by Michelle Holmes and then Elizabeth Carling) and World War II mistress Phoebe (played by Dervla Kirwan and then Elizabeth Carling). The finale saw Gary decide to travel back to the past for good.
The show's creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have written the script, which will see Gary face the consequences of his time travel and go somewhere he’s never been before, as Goodnight Sweetheart is about to be catapulted into the 21st century. On the announcement, they made the following statement.
"Gary has been trying for the last 17 years to find a way back to the present. Now he’s found one, and he’s asked us to turn it into a TV show, featuring much-loved old Goodnight Sweetheart friends and one or two new ones." - BBC
Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning added:
"The whole sitcom season is geared towards giving comedy royalty their due recognition and in Goodnight Sweetheart we have heavy-weight writing and performing talents reunited in this hugely popular and fondly remembered show. The conceptual update is sublime and it was heart-skipping stuff to read – it’s an absolute belter." - BBC
’s landmark sitcom season will also see revivals of Are You Being Served?, Porridge and a Keeping Up Appearances prequel, Young Hyacinth.