What’s On TV – As Time Goes By

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Title: As Time Goes By
Episodes Aired: 26
Episodes Watched: 67
Year(s): 1992-2005
Country: UK

Going into this I figured that this was going to be a gentle and tame sitcom (which it is) about two older people who reconnect and fall in love (which it also is). The thing is, that it is a whole lot more than that. It’s a sitcom with a lot of heart and fantastic chemistry between the major cast.

Let’s be honest – a sitcom with Judi Dench was always going to be something rather watchable, but I found myself enjoying this sitcom far more than I had expected. Maybe I had a wrong preconception because the only episodes I had previously seen were later on in the series.

Having started this from the very beginning I got a lot of enjoyment seeing this touching story of love rekindled. Picture this: two people who fall in love some 40 years previously and then lose touch when the man is deployed in Korea and his letters get lost in the mail.

It is their meeting up for the first time in decades where the first episode picks up. The sitcom is essentially this story of these two (Jean and Lionel) falling back in love and all the baggage that comes with it such as her daughter and his weird father.

Sure there are times when the humour is a bit old-fashioned, but that’s the charm of something so quintessentially British. Also, you have the undeniable chemistry between Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer elevating this comedy from background viewing to something rather that became rather addictive.


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