As Time Goes By (1992–2005)
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Surprise, Surprise 

Jean and Judy decide to pay Lionel a surprise visit while he lectures at a conference in Norwich. The surprise is not a very welcome one and Jean finds Lionel staying with another woman. As... See full summary »

Director:

Sydney Lotterby

Writers:

Bob Larbey (by), Colin Bostock-Smith (original idea) (as Colin Bostock Smith)

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Judi Dench ... Jean Pargetter
Geoffrey Palmer ... Lionel Hardcastle
Paul Rogers ... Headmaster
Moira Brooker ... Judith Hanson
Philip Bretherton ... Alistair Deacon
Jean Warren Jean Warren ... Denise Cropper
Geoffrey Leesley Geoffrey Leesley ... Taxi Driver
Peter Moreton ... Protester 1
Nicola Gibson Nicola Gibson ... Protester 2
Karl Collins Karl Collins ... Protester 3
Chris Samsworth Chris Samsworth ... Waiter
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Storyline

Jean and Judy decide to pay Lionel a surprise visit while he lectures at a conference in Norwich. The surprise is not a very welcome one and Jean finds Lionel staying with another woman. As Alistair begins to show interest in Jean rather than in Judy, a battle of the sexes, and ages, erupts. Written by Nadia Nassar

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1992 (UK) See more »

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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Paul Rogers receives third billing, below the two stars. This is rare for the series, with the regular cast normally taking precedence over guests. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Headmaster: Hardcastle, so good of you to come out to the wild on such short notice.
Headmaster: It's very kind of you to meet me, Master, but you really shouldn't have bothered.
Headmaster: Oh, nonsense. Always enjoy railway stations. It's the only time I weigh myself, when I'm at a railway station. Car's this way. "My Life in Burma", isn't it, your lecture?
Lionel: "My Life in Kenya" actually.
Headmaster: So it is.
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