Jan. 1992
30 min.
BBC One TV Network

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As Time Goes By (UK)

Army officer Lionel Hardcastle and nurse Jean Pargetter had a three-month affair in 1953. After Lionel is posted to Korea, the two lose touch when Lionel's letter to Jean fails to get delivered. Thirty-eight years later, they meet again. A sweetly charming situation comedy that ran for nine seasons.

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  • The man and woman in the photographs in the opening of the show, who are supposed to be Jean (Judi Dench) and Lionel (Geoffrey Palmer) when they first met, are actually Dench's daughter, actress Finty Williams, and Palmer's son.
  • The program was originally titled "Winter with flowers," but when a cake bearing the title was presented at the taping of the first episode, the cast and crew refused to eat any cake unless the name of the series was changed.
  • Moira Brooker, who plays Judith, Jean's grown-up daughter, admits to occasionally being so mesmerized by Judi Dench's talents while taping that she would forget to say her lines.
  • The title of Lionel's often mentioned memoir was "My Life in Kenya." Jenny Funnell, who portrayed Sandy on the show, was actually born in Kenya.
  • The role of Jean was originally written for Jean Simmons.
  • Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer reunited in the 1997 James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies, starring Pierce Brosnan.
  • Paul Rogers receives third billing, below the two stars. This is rare for the series, with the regular cast normally taking precedence over guests.
  • SPOILER: Lionel kisses Jean in the final scene. Geoffrey Palmer admitted he was nervous about kissing Judi Dench because he had never kissed a Dame before. (Dench was awarded a DBE in 1988.)
  • Rocky is asked why he goes by that name, and he replies he never liked being called "Richard." Jean then calls Lionel "Rocky 2." From this we can surmise Lionel's full name is Richard Lionel Hardcastle, Jr.
  • While making breakfast in this episode, Lionel says, "I think I'll have a sausage. I fancy a sausage." Geoffrey Palmer used the same line when he played the doctor in the famous "Fawlty Towers" (1975) {The Kipper and the Corpse (#2.4)} episode of "Fawlty Towers."
  • Judi Dench and Barbara Leigh Hunt have both played Lady Catherine de Bourg in Pride and Prejudice
  • Eric gives his age as 62. Ronnie Stevens was over 70 at the time.
  • Ronnie Stevens receives third billing, behind the main stars. Normally guest actors are listed after the regular cast.
  • When Madge and Rocky wake up Judy and Sandy, the kitchen clock, though not fully visible, clearly indicates it's 7:40 or later in the morning. But, the clock on the microwave says 5:52.
  • Earlier in the series Lionel is working with CBS. However, when Allistair tunes in the TV in New York to watch the mini-series he tunes to channel 4, which is NBC in New York.
  • Jean mentions that Mrs. Bale's treatment of her makes her feel like Queen Victoria. Judi Dench (who plays Jean) did play Queen Victoria in the movie Mrs Brown.
  • Jean (Judi Dench), who'd been sneaking around to meet an old friend, tells Lionel (Geoffrey Palmer) about it, to which he quips, "Were you on a mission for MI-5 ?" MI-5 is, of course, the government organization of James Bond in the 007 films. Dench began appearing as "M" in the Bond film Goldeneye. Both she and Palmer appeared in the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.
  • The role of 'Harry' is played by a different actor (Daniel Ryan) in this reunion episode. In the original series the character was portrayed by David Michaels.

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