Time travel sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart is to return to the BBC for a special one-off episode for part of the landmark sitcom season.
Original creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have written the brand new episode and Nicholas Lyndhurst will reprise his role as time traveller Gary Sparrow.
Goodnight Sweetheart ran for six series on BBC One in the ’90s. It starred Lyndhurst (Only Fools And Horses, New Tricks) as mans who has parallel lives in the present and in World War II.
It has been 17 years since the series ended. In the new episode Gary Sparrow must face the consequences of his time travel and go somewhere he’s never been before, as Goodnight Sweetheart is catapulted into the 21st century.
Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, creators and writers of Goodnight Sweetheart, reveal, “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.”
Goodnight Sweetheart will be part of the BBC’s landmark sitcom season celebrating the heritage and legacy of BBC comedy over the past 60 years. The season which airs in the autumn will be revisiting some of Britain’s iconic sitcoms including Are You Being Served?, Porridge and Young Hyacinth, a prequel to Keeping Up Appearances.
Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning says: “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.”
Jon Rolph, Executive Producer of Goodnight Sweetheart, says: “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.”