Goodnight Sweetheart

Season 6 Episode 5

The 'ouses in Between

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM May 16, 1999 on BBC
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The 'ouses in Between
Yvonne sells Nature Boy cosmetics for a multi-million sum. Gary travels back through the time gate in Ducketts Passage, arriving on a foggy night, where things don't look quite usual for the 1940s. At the Royal Oak, he finds it's the 1880s, though the policeman and a music-hall singer look strangely familiar. He is accused of being Jack the Ripper, when two murders occur close-by on the two nights he's there. While escaping the mob, he meets the real Ripper...moreless

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  • Yvonne gets a chance as well.

    This episode stands out first of all because it takes Gary to yet another time period, leading to new time jokes, and because it succeeds in doing something that I feel the show hasn't been good at so far: it humanizes Yvonne.

    The premise of Goodnight Sweetheart is that Gary finds it difficult to choose between his two wives, who live in different times. As the largest part of the show takes place in the 1940s Phoebe gets most of the attention. I have always found it difficult to sympathise with Yvonne, who is shown as a cold, selfish, yuppie. At the start of this episode she has become slightly more likeable, as she has sold her company and is even willing to lend Ron some money.

    But she comes to life, as it were, when Gary accidentally winds up in Victorian England and meets her ancestor, a music hall singer. This incarnation of Yvonne is innocent and likeable, possibly reminding Gary of the Yvonne he first met. The way he looks at her makes his marriage to the 1999 Yvonne believable.

    The new time period gives the author a chance to play around with known characters. Reg's ancestor not only proves to be intelligent but also in possession of a sense of humour. Gary's attempts at telling jokes fail because he realises that every reference he makes leaves the Victorian audience clueless. The time travelling gimmick adds a new theory to the fate of Jack The Ripper.moreless

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