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Goodnight Sweetheart to be revived for one-off special

Goodnight Sweetheart

Story by Jack Foley

NICHOLAS Lyndhurst sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart is to be revived by the BBC for a one-off special.

The episode will be part of a season marking the 60th anniversary of Hancock’s Half Hour‘s first broadcast and will see Lyndhurst reprise his role as a time-travelling TV repairman who had a second life in 1940s London. It will run in the autumn (2016), 17 years after the show ended.

Writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran said his character, Gary Sparrow, had been “trying for the last 17 years to find a way back to the present”.

They added that the new episode would feature “much-loved old Goodnight Sweetheart friends and one or two new ones”.

Goodnight Sweetheart was first broadcast on BBC One on November 18, 1993, and became one of the channel’s most popular programmes during the 90s.

Aside from Lyndhurst, the show also featured Michelle Holmes as Gary’s wife Yvonne Sparrow, Victor McGuire as his best friend Ron Wheatcroft, and Christopher Ettridge as bumbling PC Reg Deadman and Dervla Kirwan as Phoebe, his war-time companions.

Further shows to be included in the season are new episodes of Are You Being Served?, Steptoe and Son, Till Death Us Do Part, Porridge, Keeping Up Appearances and Up Pompeii!.

Commenting on all of the revivals, Shane Allen, BBC Comedy Commissioning controller, said the season was “geared towards giving comedy royalty their due recognition”.

He continued: “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.”

And Jon Rolph, executive producer of Goodnight Sweetheart, added: “I’ve long been keen to catch up with the life and various times of Gary Sparrow, so it’s an absolute delight to see Goodnight Sweetheart take its place in the landmark sitcom season.”

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