As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By: Series 2

BBC (1993)
UK | English | Color | 3h 30min

Army officer Lionel Hardcastle and nurse Jean Pargeter 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. Best enjoyed with your feet up and with a cup of tea and some custard tarts at your side.

Cast View all

Judi Dench Jean
Geoffrey Palmer Lionel
Philip Bretherton Alistair Deacon
Moira Brooker Judith Hanson
Jenny Funnell Sandy
Frank Middlemass Richard 'Rocky' Hardcastle
Joan Sims Madge Evita Darbley

Crew View all

Director Sydney Lotterby
Writer Bob Larbey
Producer Sydney Lotterby
Photography Chris Wadsworth
Musician Joe Fagin

Episodes View details

1 White Hunter 30 min | Jan 10, 1993

Lionel is nervous regarding an upcoming photo shoot for the cover of his book. Despite advice from Jean and Judith that whatever helps sell the book is worth it, Lionel is completely taken aback by what Alistair has in mind.

Director: Sydney Lotterby
Writer: Bob Larbey
Guest stars: Andrew Barclay, Jane Robbins, Cherry Gilham, Nigel Fan, Jonathan Copestake, Kwong Loke
2 A Weekend Away 30 min | Jan 17, 1993

Jean is put on the spot when Judith goes away for the weekend, and the house is left empty. She is somewhat flustered with all the suggestive comments regarding her and Lionel, and makes a fool of herself.

Director: Sydney Lotterby
Writer: Bob Larbey
Guest stars: Harry Jones
3 Visiting Rocky 30 min | Jan 24, 1993

Lionel takes Jean to see his eccentric father Rocky, the complete opposite of Lionel's gruff self.

Writer: Bob Larbey
4 Why? 30 min | Jan 31, 1993

Lionel wonders why Alistair, a rich, successful publisher would be interested in publishing Lionel's less-than-blockbuster book.

Director: Sydney Lotterby
Writer: Bob Larbey
Guest stars: Dennis Ramsden, Arthur Whybrow
5 Misunderstandings 30 min | Feb 07, 1993

During a weekend at Jean's sister-in-law's house, Jean and Lionel invent more and more ridiculous claims to cover-up their romance thirty-eight years ago.

Writer: Bob Larbey
6 The Cruise 30 min | Feb 14, 1993

Jean becomes angry when Lionel invites her along on a cruise as a 'freebie'.

Director: Sydney Lotterby
Writer: Bob Larbey
Guest stars: Dean Harris
7 The Book Signing 30 min | Feb 21, 1993

The book is finally published, and Lionel begins a nationwide book-signing tour.

Guest stars: Miranda Forbes, Janet Dale


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