A comedy set in the present era, in which a middle-aged man from Cricklewood is able to time-travel, to the era of the Second World War, and starring:
* NICHOLAS LYNDHURST AS GARY SPARROW, a man who lives in the present era with his present wife, and time-travels to war-torn London, where he has a wife and child. He has to tell all sorts of lies to cover his tracks between the two eras, and, in the past, takes advantage of things that haven't happened, but he knows will happen in the future.
* MICHELLE HOLMES AS YVONNE SPARROW (first three series and 1995 Christmas and New Year Special), Gary's wife in the present era, whose marriage initially seemed to be on the rocks.
* EMMA AMOS AS YVONNE SPARROW (forth and fifth series)
* DERVLA KIRWAN AS PHOEBE BAMFORD (first three series and 1995 Christmas and New Year Special), Gary's war-time girlfriend, whose husband Donald has been taken as a prisoner-of-war.
* ELIZABETH CARLING AS PHOEBE SPARROW (forth and fifth series), now a widow, as Donald has been shot by a sniper. At the end of the forth series, she marries Gary, and gives birth to his son, Michael Montgomery Sparrow.
* VICTOR MAGUIRE AS RON WHEATCROFT, Gary's best mate in the present era, and the only person (except for Gary), who knows about his discovery of time-travel. He works for a print firm, and does all Gary's 'dirty work', such as printing his war-time currency, and helping him cover his tracks to war-torn London. In the first three series, he was married to Yvonne's best friend, Stella, but in the forth series, she divorces him, after she has an affair with another bloke, whom Ron seriously assaults.
* CHRISTOPHER ETTRIDGE AS REG DEADMAN, a Police Constable in the war-time era, and friend of Phoebe's. He and Gary are good friends. He is short of a brain, and according to Phoebe's father, Eric, during the first series, he only got into the force because his father was a Constable. In the first three series, he has an unseen wife called Minnie, but in the forth series, he leaves her, for Margie, a woman with a violent husband, and a son called Frank, of whom Reg is the father.
* DAVID RYALL AS ERIC (first series), Phoebe's father, and owner of the Royal Oak. He never approved of Gary and Phoebe's relationship, but liked to take advantage of his free supply of goods.
EPISODE 1 - RITES OF PASSAGE
Gary Sparrow, a TV repairman, is having a birthday party joined by his wife Yvonne's Open University mates. While Yvonne is distracted from Gary by her Psychology course, Gary goes off in search of Hugh Gatesgill House. He goes down Duckett's passage, and asks for directions at a pub, The Royal Oak. He finds he is in what he thinks is a 1940s theme pub. When he is charged tuppence farthing for a beer, he thinks they are taking the 40s theme too far. After going outside for a breather, he then thinks that he is actually having a dream. Deciding that it's a dream, he decides to chat up the barmaid, Phoebe Bamford. When she says she's not seen him there before, he says he's been working in America. He plays some songs on the piano and sings them, namely 'It's a Little Bit Funny', and 'And Now, The End Is Near'. When asked if he heard them in America, he claims he wrote them. Her father, Eric, meanwhile, suspects that he may be a German spy, and asks things like why he isn't in uniform. During an air-raid, he is made to go down to the shelter. Feeling claustrophobic, he decides to wake up, but then realises that it is not a dream after all - he has gone back into 1940. After having a sing-along, of another song he claims to have written, Eric, realises the money has been left up in the pub, and, refusing to leave it unattended, he goes up to get. Gary also decides to escape, just as Eric gets knocked unconscious when a bomb blows the till tray at him. Although the rest of the people think it unmanly, they allow Gary to perform 'The Kiss of Life', which he claims to have learnt in America. Having saved his life, and began to build his relationship with Phoebe, he fortunately finds he is able to get back into the 90s. When Yvonne wonders where he has been, he says he found a theme pub, where the barman fell through the trapdoor in the cellar, and he saved his life. Yvonne, however, is not convinced he's telling the truth. She bids him goodnight, and, feeling confused, he responds with the famous line of 'Goodnight Sweetheart'.
EPISODE 2 - FOOLS RUSH IN
Gary won't buy a suit for a job interview, insisting that it is not an important element. As a result, he fails to get the job. Meanwhile, he rings Marty Harty, telling him about his discovery of time-travel. He tells Ron, who's been listening, that he was just having a laugh, whilst Ron tells Gary that if he could go back in time, he'd like to look at Marilyn Monroe's knickers while she's being filmed. Gary later buys a 1940's suit, and goes back to 1940. There, he takes Phoebe dancing, and tells her he had a relationship in America with Marilyn Monroe. On the way back, she tells Gary what a gentle guy her Donald is, but then Gary meets him, and gets punched. Back in the 1990's, he tells Yvonne that he helped behind the bar in that so-called theme pub, and fell down the cellar trap-door. After discussing his failure to get the job, Yvonne tells Gary to do what he's good at, to which he tells her he's not putting up a satellite dish at that time of night, and she's pleased to see he's got his sense of humour back.
(Christopher Ettridge did not appear in this episode.)
EPISODE 3 - IS YOUR JOURNEY REALLY NECESSARY?
Yvonne notices Gary's suddenly become obsessed with the Blitz. One piece of information Gary picks up upon is a secret meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt. He also learns that the raid will be early that night. Yvonne wants Gary to come with her to visit her sister and her new-born baby, but Gary doesn't really want to go. He pretends he left his circuit tester at work, and needs to go back and get it, so Yvonne will have to visit on her own. He decides he'll have to go into the 1940's to warn everyone of the raid, but when he does so, only Phoebe believes him. He ends up in an underground air-raid shelter with Phoebe, where he pretends he wrote 'Imagine there's no heaven', helps deliver a baby, and wonders what to tell Yvonne, including the truth - that he was sheltering from the Blitz. Yvonne, meanwhile, is worried about Gary's disappearance, especially after hearing about a planted bomb, which Gary could have been caught under, whilst Ron tells her his suspicion of Gary being in a parallel universe, but Yvonne just tells him to get psychiatric help. The next morning, in the 1940's, Gary gets arrested for not having the correct ID papers. He convinces the officers that he's who he says he is, by using the information about Churchill and Roosevelt's secret meeting. When he returns to Yvonne in 1993, he tells her vhe was delivering a baby. She tells him how she thought he might have been caught under the bomb, whereupon he tells her about her and her imagination.
EPISODE 4 -THE MORE I SEE YOU
Yvonne finds some war-time stuff in Gary's briefcase and is cross because she thought he was over his obsession with the Blitz. He tells her he'd been arranging a surprise birthday party for her, with a 1940's theme, but when she doesn't believe him, he sarcastically tells her the truth - that he goes time-travelling to supply essentials to his war-time girlfriend, whereupon she recommends psychiatric help. Also, she is off to Huddersfield University for the weekend, and Gary puts his foot in it by suggesting she'd sleep with her tutor to get a good grade, whereupon she tells him she'll get a good grade because of the effort she puts in, and then sleep with her tutor because he's gourgeous. Later, he asks Ron to print him some war-time fivers and some ID that would pass in the 1940's, telling him it's for his cousin who's a dramatist, but Ron already realises that Gary can time-travel, so he tells him the full story, including his arrest for not having the correct ID. Gary and Ron arrange to go back to the 1940's together, but it is discovered that Ron can't time-travel. Whilst in the 1940's, Gary and Phoebe get talking about how she only married Donald to avoid spending the rest of her life looking after her father. When she suggests living together, he tells her that he and Marilyn Monroe got married, and that she has followed him to his house in Cricklewood, and Gary and Phoebe end up having a bust-up. Back at home in 1993, Yvonne has already gone, and Gary discovers a message on his answering machine from an angry Ron, accusing Gary of making a mug out of him, and threatening to tell Yvonne. Gary drives up to Huddersfield, where he sees Yvonne dancing closely with her tutor. He asks if Ron's been up, and, feeling jealous of Yvonne's turtor, suggests some of the things they end up saying, which would lead to quite a cosy night in. Yvonne offers Gary a dance, and ends up saying those lines to him, whilst Gary has Phoebe on his mind.
EPISODE 5 - I GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU VERY WELL
Gary and Yvonne decide to share more hobbies, and so they take up ballroom dancing. When Gary visits Ron, he gives him a war-time newspaper, which Ron tests, proving he was telling the truth about his time-travelling. Gary also tells Ron that he and Phoebe have split up. That evening, Gary and Yvonne watch a dancing video, after which, Gary hears a news item about a plucky East End pensioner called Phoebe Sparrow, who lived through the Blitz. He tells Ron that it changes everything - if he married Phoebe, and he doesn't go back, he could change the course of history. He tells him about how Phoebe thinks he's married to Marilyn Monroe, whereupon Ron gives him a photograph of her, which he signs, for his next journey. He asks Ron to cover for him, by going to Lithuania to see a match, letting Yvone and Stella think Gary's with him. In the 1940's, Gary gets run over, and in hospital, he and Phoebe re-unite. Whilst going through Gary's belongings, Reg finds the photograph of Marilyn, and his present address paper, whereupon he calls at that address, finding a woman looking much older, and a bloke, and assumes Marilyn just looks completely different on her photograph, and has moved in a fancy piece, which Gary goes along with, and pretends to be upset. Meanwhile, in 1993, Ron gets back before Gary, and tells Yvonne that Gary's been arrested, after an incident where he mistook a museum for a pub, and ended up streaking with a flag draped around him. When Gary does get back, Yvonne is ashamed of him and his behaviour. Later that afternoon, Gary discovers the address of Phoebe Sparrow, and visits. There, an old lay thinks he's a journalist, but he soon explains he might be her husband, whereupon she laughs in his face. A black woman then comes to the door, and it is revealed to Gary in one moment that she is Phoebe Sparrow.
EPISODE 6 - IN THE MOOD
Yvonne is furious with Gary when she sees the bill he's run up on war-time stuff. He promises to sell it, whereupon Ron looks after it for him. He also asks Gary to invest some money for him, in Eurotronics, so as to make a fortune, only he worries about meddling with history. Back in the 1940's, after Reg bears news that the King will be visitting, Gary goes back to 1993, and finds out that it will be in the hospital. There, Gary, Phoebe and Eric, disguised as doctors, meet the King, where Phoebe faints, and Gary asks if there's any doctors about. That evening, Gary takes Phoebe for dinner at The Savoy, where he plans to say farewell, as, he tells her, he's returning to America to do a film. There, it is interrupted by news that Donald's been taken as a prisoner-of-war. He returns to Yvone in 1993, unexpectedly, whom she thinks has been in Runcorn, where he has sold his war-time stuff. When he realises he's wearing Neville Chamberlain's dinner jacket, he tells her he tried it on in the toilets, during which he had his suit pinched. He gives her a present he intended for Phoebe, and tells her the intentions of that present, using hypothetical people. Yvonne, meanwhile, has been looking at a video of the King's visit, which Gary left in the machine, and tells him the doctor's a dead ringer for him, whereupon a confused Gary tells her he might have looked like that if he'd been around then.