Goodnight Sweetheart

The BBC is heading into the past to revive some of its classic programmes, including Nicholas Lyndhurst time travelling sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart.

Alongside a one off Goodnight Sweetheart special, shows including Porridge and Are You Being Served? will be given new episodes as part of the BBC’s “landmark sitcom season”. An origin story is even planned for Keeping Up Appearances’ Hyacinth Bucket.

BBC Comedy Commissioning Controller Shane Allen said: “The whole sitcom season is geared towards giving comedy royalty their due recognition, and in Goodnight Sweetheart we have heavyweight 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.”

Goodnight Sweetheart spent six years on screens in the 90s. It followed the double life of Lyndhurst’s Gary Sparrow, a disillusioned TV repairman who discovers that a nearby alleyway takes him to the 1940s.

In 1999, the programme’s finale was a clear cut one, but original creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have returned to craft a story where Gary has to “face the consequences” of his time travel.

The landmark sitcom season is taking place across the summer on BBC One, Two and Four.

By Michael Fern

Film and TV reviewer, communications professional, sometime video editor based in Glasgow. I'm a triple threat, clearly. On Twitter @journomikey.