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  • Actors: Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Moira Brooker, Philip Bretherton, Jenny Funnell
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUHA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "As Time Goes By: The Complete Series, Vol. 1 & 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on two discs
  • Cast biographies

Editorial Reviews

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The gentle, ambling humor of this BBC comedy series is due partly to its fine dialogue and partly to remarkable performances from Oscar® winner Dame Judi Dench (Mrs. Brown, Shakespeare in Love) and Geoffrey Palmer (Mrs. Brown, Anna and the King). Jean (Dench) and Lionel (Palmer) attempt to rekindle a love affair abandoned during the Korean War, with charming and unforgettable results. In the couple's later adventures, Jean's sister-in-law moves in after mistakenly assuming her husband is having an affair, Lionel deals with Americans who want to "spice up" his script, and, oh yes, they're planning their own wedding. Series 6 episodes; CC, 2 hours 40 min. on 2 DVDs. (Series 1 and 2)

The fundamental things--engaging characters, impeccable performances, and witty, literate scripts--apply in As Time Goes By, the beloved 1992 British comedy series starring Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer as former lovers Jean and Lionel. He is a divorced ex-army officer. She is a widow who runs the Type for You secretarial agency. They had "a great romance" during the Korean War, but they lost communication. Thirty-eight years later, the two run into each other again and rekindle what had been started so long ago. This series follows the two--along with Jean's twice-divorced daughter, Judith (Moira Brooker); Jean's assistant, Sandy (Jenny Funnell); and Lionel's young trendy publisher, Alastair (Philip Bretherton)--and takes a wry look at love among the youth and the more "mature." The first three episodes of the series introduce the slightly cantankerous yet vibrant characters, set up their history, and lay the groundwork for Jean and Lionel to tentatively circle around each other, trying to decide at what level they should continue their friendship, that is, if they should even continue being friends at all. Mixing modern romance with nostalgia for yesteryear, writer Bob Larbey and director Sydney Lotterby create a delightful comedy and a touching love story.

At the beginning of the series' second season. Lionel has written a dry memoir, My Life in Kenya, and reluctantly prepares for the book launch. As the date approaches, the tentative couple have a too-close encounter with Penny (Moyra Fraser), Jean's former sister-in-law, who invites them to spend the weekend at her country home. Finally, My Life in Kenya is published and Lionel steels himself for the book signing, while an anxious Jean buys up 140 copies herself. These episodes bring the second season to a touching and satisfying conclusion.

Customer Reviews

Of course, I was watching this show and she got hooked!
The quality of the DVD was so poor and scratched and most of it was unplayable.
Lene E. Laughner
This completes our series on DVD so we can watch them again and again.
James E. Baggett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gladney on June 27, 2002
Format: DVD
Imagine my excitement when I found that the first two seasons of "As Time Goes By" are heading for the DVD format. It is simply a wonderful series, well-deserving of such good video treatment. The previous season to be released on DVD (season 4) looked absolutely stunning in the crystal clear format. The images just came alive. Very beautiful. I already own these episodes on VHS, but there is no question that I will more than happily re-buy them.
"As Time Goes By" begins here with Lionel Hardcastle (the sublime Geoffrey Palmer) needing a secretary to help type-up the manuscript to his new book "My Life In Kenya". The secretarial agency he hires is run by Jean Pargetter (the great Judi Dench). Lionel and Jean meet, and realize that they used to be sweethearts 38 years previous, in the few short months before Lionel was sent away to the Korean War. After they parted, they lost touch, got re-married, and moved on with their lives. Now Jean is widowed and Lionel is divorced, and the stage is set for a possibly warm reunion.
Warm is not the word to describe the first season, however. The romance is very up and down, and there are actually other *possible* love interests that come into the fray. But the season does have its positively sweet moments -- pre-cursors of the enjoyable situations to come. And I found the up & down nature of the romance at first one of the more believable elements. Relationships aren't always easy, whether new or old, and to show that two people who are really meant for each other may hit some bumps along the way, almost makes the romance that much more satisfying when things start working out.
I love "As Time Goes By". There are very few TV series that I can say that about - less than I can count on one hand - but this is one of them. The writing is always impeccable, the acting superb, and the stories warm and funny. And on DVD, it all looks great. I wish more shows were like it.
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Ms Winston VINE VOICE on March 13, 2003
Format: DVD
Okay,I have never met a British TV series that I didn't like,so it comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I own Sets 1-V of As Time Goes By. It is a gentle, civilized comedy about two lovers separated by a undelivered letter forty years before the series opens in c. 1992. Judy Dench and Geoffrey Palmer, as Jean and Lionel, are the perfect middle age lovers: Jean has lines on her face, is not a stick in a size 0 dress, and Lionel has jowls and thinning hair. It matters not! They adore each other and we adore them! The supporting cast is excellent -- especially the young women who portray Judy and Sandy, Jean's daughter by her first marriage, and her assistant respectively. Nothing very profound can be resolved in 30 minutes, but what is is interesting is the process of rediscovery, falling in love, and learning to love and accept each other, "warts and all," that the viewer sees in episode after episode. It is refreshing to see that someone believes that love is just not for the under 30 set. Jean and Lionel are never treated as "cute," as in "how cute that people that age can be in love." Why they even have sex -- always implied and never seen -- and it is treated as a natural and normal state of being for a middle aged couple. Buy the series -- you won't be sorry!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Movie Mania VINE VOICE on October 10, 2005
Format: DVD
Lionel and Jean had a breif encounter at the beginning of the Korean war. But when Lionel's letter gets lost, they both assume that it was just one of those things.

Series 1 (they have series not seasons in the UK)

Flash forward 45 years later. Jean is a widow with a daughter. She runs a secretarial agency. Lionel has spent his time in Kenya. He had a coffee plantation but is escaping a bad marriage with no kids.

Lionel is writing his memiors and needs a secretary. Enter Judith, Jean's daughter. Eventually, Lionel and Jean meet up but neither is willing to make the first move. Therefore, Judith decides to date Lionel. While Lionel's publisher, Alister, takes a liking to Jean. The series ends up on a double date. When Judith and Alister poop out, Jean and Lionel finally connect.

Series 2

Jean and Lionel start to see each other. But the main storyline is Lionel's book. It actually turns out that Alister is publishing the book because of a debt that his father owed Lionel's father. In this series, Lionel's free spirited father, Rocky, is introduced and Rocky's housekeeper Mrs. Bale.

This is a two disc set. Series 1 contains 6 episodes and Series 2 contains 7 episodes.

This is the beginning of a great series. (Seven more series to come)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2004
Format: DVD
"As Time Goes By" is warm and entertaining, having no need to resort to low comedy, sarcasm or smut to be funny. Real people
with real problems, good supporting friends and quirky relatives
complete the "day in the life" routine which most of us face.
Alistair Deacon (Phillip Bretherton) is my favourite character.
A little off-the-wall but always fun and a much needed safety
net for the Hardcastle household, Alistair is a full dimensioned
character brilliantly portrayed by Mr. Bretherton. You get the
feeling that things are going to "pop" when Alistair is around!
We are collecting all the series and we can hardly wait until the
remaining three are released. You won't find better at any price!
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