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Encyclopedia > As Time Goes By (TV series)
As Time Goes By

Judi Dench as Jean
Genre Sitcom
Running time All 30 minutes bar 1 45mins, 1 50mins, 1 60mins
Creator(s) Colin Bostock-Smith
Starring Judi Dench
Geoffrey Palmer
Moira Brooker
Philip Bretherton
Jenny Funnell
Country of origin UK
Original channel BBC
Original run 12 January 199230 December 2005
No. of episodes 67
IMDb profile

As Time Goes By was a British sitcom starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer which aired from 1992 to 2002, with a two-part reunion special broadcast in 2005. Judi Dench as M File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A situation comedy, usually referred to as a sitcom, is a genre of comedy programs which originated in radio. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE (born 9 December 1934) known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award-winning English actress. ... Geoffrey Palmer, OBE (born in London, England on June 4, 1927) is a British comedy actor, noted mostly for his extensive career in situation comedies. ... Moira Brooker as Judy in As Time Goes By Moira Brooker is a British actress. ... Philip as Alistair Deacon (left) in As Time Goes By Philip Bretherton (born 1956, Lancashire, UK) is a British actor who is perhaps best known for his role as Alistair Deacon in the comedy series As Time Goes By. ... Actress who appeared in British Comedy TV series As Time Goes By as Sandy. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of £4 billion. ... January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... December 30 is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 1 day remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A situation comedy, usually referred to as a sitcom, is a genre of comedy programs which originated in radio. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE (born 9 December 1934) known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award-winning English actress. ... Geoffrey Palmer, OBE (born in London, England on June 4, 1927) is a British comedy actor, noted mostly for his extensive career in situation comedies. ...


As Time Goes By was written by Bob Larbey, who had co-written The Good Life. In 2004, As Time Goes By came 29th in Britain's Best Sitcom. John Esmonde (born 1937) and Bob Larbey (born 1934) were a successful British television comedy scriptwriting duo from the 1960s to the 1990s, creating popular situation comedies such as Please Sir! and The Good Life. ... The Good Life on the cover of Radio Times magazine. ... Britains Best Sitcom was a poll conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the BBC to identify the United Kingdoms best situation comedy. ...

Contents

Cast

Geoffrey Palmer as Lionel Hardcastle
Geoffrey Palmer as Lionel Hardcastle

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Plot

Moira Brooker as Judith Hanson
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Moira Brooker as Judith Hanson

2nd-Lt. Lionel Hardcastle and Nurse Jean Pargetter met in the summer of 1953 or 1954, depending on the episode, and fell in love, but when Lionel was sent to Korea they lost touch until 38 years later when Lionel uses Jean's secretarial firm, "Type for You", to write his book My Life in Kenya. He had sent her a letter when he arrived in Korea, which she did not receive, and both assumed the other had lost interest. Jean had married David, and after his death set up "Type for You". She had a daughter, Judith Hanson, who had married twice, once to Ken then Edward, but both marriages ended in divorce. Lionel had gone to Kenya and become a coffee planter. He and his Margaret had divorced on the grounds of "mutual boredom", and he had moved back to England. Combatants United Nations: Republic of Korea  Australia  Belgium Canada  Colombia Ethiopia  France Greece  Netherlands  New Zealand  Philippines South Africa  Thailand  Turkey  United Kingdom United States Medical staff:  Denmark  India  Italy  Norway  Sweden Communist states: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea People’s Republic of China  Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee...

Jenny Funnell as Sandy
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Jenny Funnell as Sandy

In 1992, when they met up again, things got off to a slow start. Judith developed a crush on Lionel, and his publisher Alistair Deacon took an interest in Jean. Both crushes were brief, and eventually Judith and Alistair fell for each other and later married. After two years Lionel moved into Jean's house in Holland Park, London, and they married the following year. Lionel was asked to write an American TV mini-series, Just Two People, which failed after one episode, and Jean eventually retired. Holland Park is a district and a public park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in west central London in England. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and the largest city of England (strangely, England has no constitutional existence within the United Kingdom, and therefore cannot be said to have a capital). ...

Joan Sims as Madge Hardcastle
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Joan Sims as Madge Hardcastle

Jean's secretary and Judith's best friend was Sandy, who eventually moved in with the Hardcastles after splitting with her boyfriend Nick. She later started dating a policeman and rugby player called Harry whom, at the end of the series, she married. Other characters were Lionel's father, Rocky, who owned a large house in Hampshire which he later gave to Lionel. The housekeeper was Mrs Bale, who had an unusual interest in the Shipping Forecast, and the gardener was Lol Ferris. Rocky marries Madge when he is 85 and she is 78, and they frequently travel around the world. Madge was played by Joan Sims, who died between the filming of Series Eight and Nine; in Series Nine, Madge is mentioned as being on an archaelogical dig in Egypt. The Reunion Specials were Middlemass's last television appearance before his death in 2006. Jean's first husband's sister Penny and her husband dentist Stephen, who once accidentally declined the OBE, also made many appearances. A rugby union scrum. ... Hampshire, sometimes historically Southamptonshire or Hamptonshire, (abbr. ... The Shipping Forecast is a regular feature of BBC Radio 4 (part of the BBC) and is provided by the UK Meteorological Office (part of MoD) on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (part of DfT). ... Irene Joan Marian Sims (May 9, 1930, Laindon, Essex - June 28, 2001) was a British actress. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are...


Episodes

Series One (1992)

  1. You Must Remember This (12 Jan 92)
  2. Getting To Know You - Again (19 Jan 92)
  3. The Copper Kettle (26 Jan 92)
  4. Surprise, Surprise (2 Feb 92)
  5. Relationships (9 Feb 92)
  6. The Picnic (16 Feb 92)

Series Two (1993)

  1. White Hunter (10 Jan 93)
  2. A Weekend Away (17 Jan 93)
  3. Visiting Rocky (24 Jan 93)
  4. Why? (31 Jan 93)
  5. Misunderstandings (7 Feb 93)
  6. The Cruise (14 Feb 93)
  7. The Book Signing (21 Feb 93)

Series Three (1994)

  1. We'll Always Have Paris (2 Jan 94)
  2. Rocky's Wedding Day (9 Jan 94)
  3. Living Together, But Where? (16 Jan 94)
  4. Covering Up (23 Jan 94)
  5. Moving In (30 Jan 94)
  6. Branching Out (6 Feb 94)
  7. The Mini-Series (13 Feb 94)
  8. A Trip to Los Angeles (20 Feb 94)
  9. Dealing with Sally (27 Feb 94)
  10. Problems, Problems (6 Mar 94)

Series Four (1995)

  1. A House Full of Women (5 Mar 95)
  2. Rewrites (12 Mar 95)
  3. Getting Rid of Gwen (19 Mar 95)
  4. The Affair (26 Mar 95)
  5. Welcome News (2 Apr 95)
  6. The Anniversary Party (9 Apr 95)
  7. Wedding Preparations (16 Apr 95)
  8. Wedding Day Nerves (23 Apr 95)
  9. Judith's New Romance (30 Apr 95)
  10. Improvements? (7 May 95)

Series Five (1996)

  1. The County Set (7 Jan 96)
  2. Lionel's Ex-Wife (14 Jan 96)
  3. Lionel's New Hobby (21 Jan 96)
  4. Avoiding The County Set (28 Jan 96)
  5. Broadcast Plans (4 Feb 96)
  6. At Death's Door (11 Feb 96)
  7. Showered With Gifts (18 Feb 96)

Series Six (1997)

  1. The Stalker (18 May 97)
  2. The Psychotherapist (25 May 97)
  3. The Dinner Party (1 Jun 97)
  4. What's Wrong With Mrs Bale? (8 Jun 97)
  5. Alistair's Engagement (15 Jun 97)
  6. The House Next Door (22 Jun 97)
  7. A Surprise for Jean (29 Jun 97)

Series Seven (1998)

  1. Pardon? (19 Apr 98)
  2. An Old Flame (26 Apr 98)
  3. The New Neighbours (3 May 98)
  4. The Bypass (10 May 98)
  5. Too Old ... Or Too Nosy (17 May 98)
  6. The Old Folks' Party (24 May 98)
  7. The Proposal (31 May 98)

Series Eight (2000)

  1. A Deeply Personal Problem (30 Jul 00)
  2. Animal Magnetism (6 Aug 00)
  3. The Bathroom (13 Aug 00)
  4. Surprising News (20 Aug 00)
  5. Future Imperfect (27 Aug 00)
  6. Going Online (1 Sep 00)

Series Nine (2002)

  1. Time to Settle Down (7 Jul 02)
  2. Another Proposal (14 Jul 02)
  3. The Wedding (21 Jul 02)
  4. What Now? (4 Aug 02)

Compilation Special (2002)

  • "You must remember this...." (11 Aug 02) (60mins)

The Reunion Specials (2005)

  1. Part 1 (26 Dec 05) (50mins)
  2. Part 2 (30 Dec 05) (45mins)

Theme song

The theme tune used was the song "As Time Goes By", sung by Joe Fagin. As Time Goes By is a song written by Herman Hupfeld for the 1931 Broadway musical Everybodys Welcome, made famous by its inclusion in the film Casablanca sung by Dooley Wilson. ... Joe Fagin (born in January 1940) is a British singer. ...


Other countries

As Time Goes By is broadcast daily on BBC America, and frequently on PBS, and this has made it a popular programme in the United States. It has also been broadcast in Canada, on BBC Canada and TVOntario, as well as in Australia on ABC. One of several BBC America idents, used since 2005. ... The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States, with some member stations available by cable in Canada. ... BBC Canada is a general entertainment Canadian category 2 digital cable television channel. ... TVOntario, officially the Ontario Educational Communications Authority, is an educational public television broadcaster in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC (formerly the Australian Broadcasting Commission) is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ...


Preconceptions and stereotypes

Often considered by its audience to be a rather 'polite and quaint' comedy, As Time Goes By endeavoured to turn negative preconceptions on their ears by upending stereotypes of everything from the elderly to members of motorbike gangs. But the show was not without its targets. In one story arc, the show repeatedly used irony using characters that were British stereotypes of Americans just as the British characters mocked American stereotypes of the British. Most of the actors playing Americans were British, with varying degrees of success with their accents. Some viewers in the US missed the irony, which in itself is a British stereotype of American attitudes. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


Radio

As Time Goes By was adapted and recorded for radio from 1997 to 1999. The first series aired on BBC Radio 3, and the later two series on BBC Radio 2. The first episode included a flashback to Jean and Lionel 38 years before, something that never happened on television. All episodes correspond to a TV episode and featured the original cast. BBC Radio 3 is a domestic UK BBC radio station, which devotes most of its schedule to classical music. ... BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBCs national radio stations and is the most popular station in the UK. It broadcasts throughout the UK on FM radio between 88 and 91 MHz from its studios in Western House, adjacent to Broadcasting House in central London. ...


Series One (1997)

  1. Episode One (18 Mar 97)
  2. Episode Two (25 Mar 97)
  3. Episode Three (1 Apr 97)
  4. Episode Four (9 Apr 97)
  5. Episode Five (16 Apr 97)
  6. Episode Six (23 Apr 97)
  7. Episode Seven (30 Apr 97)

Series Two (1998)

  1. Episode One (18 Jan 98)
  2. We'll Always Have Paris (25 Jan 98)
  3. Living Togeather - But Where? (1 Feb 98)
  4. Covering Up (8 Feb 98)
  5. Moving In (15 Feb 98)
  6. Branching Out (22 Feb 98)

Series Three (1999)

  1. The Mini Series (14 Feb 99)
  2. Dealing With Sally (21 Feb 99)
  3. Problems, Problems (28 Feb 99)
  4. A House Full of Women (7 Mar 99)
  5. Getting Rid of Gwen (14 Mar 99)
  6. The Affair (21 Mar 99)
  7. The Anniversary Party (28 Mar 99)

DVD releases

Series 1 to Series 9 are all available on DVD (Region 2, UK) through Cinema Club, as are the 2005 Reunion Specials. All episodes are also available in Region 1 (North America).


References

  • Mark Lewisohn, "Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy", BBC Worldwide Ltd, 2003
  • British TV Comedy Guide for As Time Goes By

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