As Time Goes By 9 Seasons 1995

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The mini-series based on Jean and Lionel's romance is finally in production. In the course of shooting sequences, the American producers reveal some of the "improvements" they have wrought in Lionel's original script.

Starring:
Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer
Runtime:
29 minutes
Original air date:
May 14, 1995

Improvements

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    1. A House Full of Women Sandy has moved herself into the Pargetter household. With Judy also living at home, Lionel finds himself surrounded by females and wonders if he has done the right thing by moving in.

    TV-PG 30min March 5, 1995
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    2. Rewrites The American producers have requested some spicier re-writes in Lionel's script for the mini-series. One of Jean's secretaries is brought in to help, but how much help can one expect from one overzealous secretary?

    TV-PG 29min March 12, 1995
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    3. Getting Rid of Gwen Lionel's chattering secretary, Gwen, is still around with her "helpful" suggestions, but Jean devises a plan to get rid of her without hurting Gwen's feelings.

    TV-PG 29min March 19, 1995
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    4. The Affair Jean's sister-in-law, Penny, is convinced that her husband is having an affair with his dental hygienist. Penny insists on moving in with Jean and Lionel. As she does, Lionel begins to worry he may never finish his miniseries.

    TV-PG 29min March 26, 1995
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    5. Welcome News The American producer is scouting locations for the mini-series. Jean and Lionel hear some unexpected but welcome news from his father Rocky and his quite eccentric wife Madge.

    TV-PG 29min April 2, 1995
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    6. The Anniversary Party Lionel's proposal to Jean has been accepted, but Judy is now barely on speaking terms with Alistair. Sandy has walked out on her boyfriend. Stephen's plans for a surprise anniversary party for Penny go hopelessly wrong.

    TV-PG 29min April 9, 1995
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    7. Wedding Preparations Jean and Lionel set the date for their wedding. While all the women in the wedding party are shopping for clothes, Lionel has at last finished the script for the American mini-series based on his and Jean's romance.

    TV-PG 29min April 16, 1995
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    8. Wedding Day Nerves Jean and Lionel try to remain calm on their wedding day, but many surprises including hiccups and missing family members don't help on the big day.

    TV-PG 29min April 23, 1995
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    9. Judith's New Romance Jean and Lionel return from their honeymoon in Scotland. Upon arrival, they discover that Judy has a new boyfriend and Jean automatically suspects the worst.

    TV-PG 30min April 30, 1995
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    10. Improvements The mini-series based on Jean and Lionel's romance is finally in production. In the course of shooting sequences, the American producers reveal some of the "improvements" they have wrought in Lionel's original script.

    TV-PG 29min May 14, 1995

Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Sydney Lotterby
Starring Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer
Supporting actors Frank Middlemass, Joan Sims, Moira Brooker, Philip Bretherton, Jenny Funnell, Otto Jarman, Janet Henfrey, Bruce Boa, William Hope, William Armstrong, Tres Hanley
Network BBC America
Executive Producer Philip Jones
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gladney on April 7, 2002
Format: DVD
"As Time Goes By" stars Judi Dench & Geoffrey Palmer as Jean Pargetter and Lionel Hardcastle, who were once lovers in the early 1950s. Lionel went to fight in the Korean war, and the two lost touch. In the very first episode of the series, they meet again and slowly begin to rekindle their romance. The wonderful series that ensues is a pleasure to watch.
This DVD contains all 10 episodes of the 4th season of "As Time Goes By". This is quite an important, funny, and emotional season in the show's history. And, oh, how wonderful it looks on DVD!
Within the 4th season occurs the 25th wedding anniversary of Penny & Stephen (in-laws of Jean), a new "boy"friend for Jean's daughter Judith, Jean's secretary Sandy moving-in to the household, the completion of Lionel's script for a mini-series based on his & Jean's young love affair, and, most importantly, the wedding of Jean & Lionel.
And as for how it looks on DVD: WOW. Now, I have watched British television shows on DVD before, but never has one looked so stunning. The colors are brilliant, the lines are crisp, the picture comes alive. There is one scene in particular, in the episode where Jean & Lionel are on their honeymoon in the hills of Scotland. It looks STUNNING. I'm sorry to gush, but I was just *very* taken aback. By all means, if you are able to, I would recommend getting the 4th season on DVD.
Well, there you have it. If you want a nice, gentle, warm, romantic and funny series with sincere characters and an interesting, hilarious plotline, then by all means start watching "As Time Goes By" today.
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By douglas barton on March 30, 2002
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...My first introduction to " As Time Goes By " was actually by way of my local PBS television station. Stumbling upon it about three years ago I found myself instantly hooked to it's marvelous, grown-up characters, witty style of dialogue ( thank-you Bob Larbey! ) and the warm intimate nature that filled every episode. ...I, at first, simply thought that because it's a "Britcom" than perhaps I was heaping undue praise for a program that just maybe was slightly unjustified.....but after giving that much thought I've come to a much different conclusion. That being " As Time Goes By " works due to one important ingredient. And that is simply due to the fact that, after watching several enticing episodes, you not only enjoy and like Jean Pargetter ( Judi Dench ) and Lionel Hardcastle ( Geoffrey Palmer ) and Co. but you truly do care about them as well. While I can easily rattle off a dozen different programs where I enjoy the cast of characters this is the only show where I, strangely enough, find myself truly wishing the entire cast, also featuring daughter Judith ( Moira Brooker ), Sandy ( Jenny Funnell ) and the ever jovial, man about-town Alastair ( Philip Bretherton ) all the best and really caring about what happens to them. Fully realizing that my concern for a fictional television family borders on bizarre but that's the effect this wonderful show has on me....and I must add it also shows how extremely well everyone is practicing their craft! Also, by pacing the program at a nice, leisurely rate they have wisely decided to let the viewers 'slowly but assuredly' get to know each cast member in their own time, without the need to force the viewer to accept the character immediately. That's an important aspect of this wonderful program and one that I truly wish we would see more often.Read more ›
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2002
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As for content, read the other reviews, stunning cast, believably done, acolades all around. The production values are what caught my attention. If only all DVDs from TV were this GREAT. I've watched the series at least 4 times on my local [tv] station. I will be watching it many more times now that the DVD has been released. I've seen details in the DVD that simply blended into the background before (you can even see the pattern of the wall paper in the room that Jean wants to make into a study for Lionel). The set decorators deserve kudos for their work in making the set so believable. After you've enjoyed the story look again at the settings. Thank you for a magnificent story in a magnificent setting, with magnificent production values. ... Go out and buy this one!!!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kelly K. Coyle on November 20, 2002
Format: DVD
Why can't American T.V. be like this? I ask myself this question alot. A lovely and funny story about people. No in-your-face sexuality or violence or stupid 12-year old boy humor.
A show for adults that's intelligent and just wonderful. And the stars of the show aren't 24, they are in their fifties, and they actually look like real people in their fifties (well, Judy Dench does her best, but it's hard to turn a silk purse into a sow's ear, not that fifty year old people should be equated with a sow's ear, just an expression!)
It's just a show about life with the quirky turns, ups and downs that occur. It makes you want to pack your bags and move across the water, or at least find a neighborhood pub for a pint of beer.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "ln2s" on January 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Three more episodes in the romantic adventures of Jean and Lionel, lovers separated during the Korean War who accidentally meet again 38 years later. The best thing about this show is that no one is portrayed as being stupid or inept in any way. Episode 1 (on this tape) introduces Jean's sister-in-law and her husband. Penny has a way of getting on people's nerves, and Jean concocts one lie after another to try to keep Penny from getting under her skin. Hilarious results follow. In Episode 2 has Jean's daughter and employee, Judith and Sandy respectively, becoming more inquisitive about Jean's private life. To make matters worse, Lionel invites Jean to be his "companion" on a "freebie" cruise. In Episode 3, Lionel's book, "My Life in Kenya", is finally released. Lionel does the usual autograph signing, but Jean is more nervous than Lionel. She enlists the help of Judith and Sandy to get everyone they know to buy the book, and buys over 100 copies herself! This is by far the best show on television (PBS), and I hope that the entire show will eventually be released on video.
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