I just finished watching the BBC series, As Time Goes By, starring Judi Dench (Jean) and Geoffrey Palmer (Lionel). Not sure how I stumbled on this gem (via Netflix), but I’m so glad I did. The show aired in 1992.
The two main characters were in love in 1953. Then Lionel went off to the Korean War and Jean never heard from him again. Thirty-eight years later, their paths cross. He’s divorced. She is widowed. Their journey through these 13 half-hour episodes is beautiful, funny, touching, engaging. In the later episodes, I had a few laughing spells that I thought might harm me.
For the writers among us, Lionel is a first time author of a rather dull autobiography, My Life in Kenya. His publisher shepherds him along from revisions (first episode) to book signing (thirteenth episode). Some things made me shake my head and say, "No way." Others had me going, "Yeah, it’s like that."
Truly, this is a charming series. Rent it and enjoy it for yourself.