"As Time Goes By" is the gentle, funny story of Jean Pargetter and Lionel Hardcastle, two people who used to be in love in the early fifties. When Lionel went off to fight in the Korean War, the two lost touch. They meet again 38 years later, quite by accident, and what is at first an awkward friendship slowly morphs into a warm romance.
Series 5 of "As Time Goes By", originally produced and aired in 1997, finds the show taking a slightly new direction, all the while retaining the warmth and charm that made it a favorite in the first place. A new set of characters are introduced, old regulars return, and a semi-new locale becomes more of a focal point. All of this comes together splendidly to bring us a fresh, funny, and delightful new series of episodes.
This video (the second, and last, part of series 5 on VHS) features a quick trip to the United States, a health scare, and one of the most cozy visits to a pub that I can remember. Jean & Lionel's love story was filmed as an American mini-series, and in one of the episodes on this tape, Sandy, Judith, and Alistair all fly to America to watch the premiere. In another episode, Jean's sister-in-law Penny thinks that she is dying. And the last episode of series 5 has a visit to Jean & Lionel's house in the country. They go to the local pub, and Madge (Lionel's step-mother) gives an absolutely charming rendition of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree". Truly sweet.
"As Time Goes By" was an endearing sitcom on British television for ten years. View this tape, and you'll see why. It is charming, warm, and humorous, all rolled in to one. If you haven't already gotten to know this series, then this is most certainly a great place to start.