Goodnight Sweetheart revival episode

by missizziemcguinness

Goodnight Sweetheart is a series that ran for six seasons from 1993 to 1999, and it is about a time traveler called Gary Sparrow (Nicholas Lyndhurst) who lives a double life in the 1940s and the 1990s. However, they revived the slightly dated series for a spin off episode that was aired a few days ago. This time, Gary gets stuck in 2016 and has to get back to the 1960s, where his wife Phoebe and teenage son Micheal live.

I used to watch the reruns of the original show with my younger brother before I had to leave for school, and I came to like the series. When I saw the revival episode, I was surprised that I wasn’t hallucinating the entire thing yet it was sweet to see the characters adjust with time. It makes you realize the huge difference between the 1990s and the 2010s in terms of the development of technology and apps, though it was heavy on the product placement. Apps such as Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and even the show that Gary’s other wife Yvonne was on weren’t around twenty years ago, yet the show adjusts to fit around the development of people and technology over the last twenty years, including the loss of telephone boxes in Favour of thinner and more stylish mobile phones. It did seem a bit strange to adjust to the 1960s in the show, but the actor who played Micheal stole the show and he comes across as being a promising actor. The reunion of Ron and Gary was also very good.

However, the problem with revival episodes is that they try to hard to be like the original though I think it would be great as a spin off series rather than an episode. The series and the spin off has hindered my interest in time travel, especially at the scene where Gary holds the baby version of himself. If you went back in time, would you see only what you perceived to what might have happened in the past at that particular time because before you went back, that event had already happened, or if you went back, would the butterfly effect ensure that that event never occurred?

Overall, a great spin off episode with many storylines that connected together, but at times it was trying too hard to say ‘Look at us! We have changed!’ but there are some promising performances from the actors who played Micheal and Yvonne’s stroppy teenage daughter Ellie, who were probably very little when the original series was still being aired. To see how allDare I say that it is considerably better than the excuse for a ‘spin off sequel’ to my Mum’s Favourite show ‘Keeping Up Apperances’ entitled ‘Young Hyacinth’.

4/5

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