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Episode #203

Lionel and Jean take a trip to Hampshire to meet his father. [29 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Army officer Lionel Hardcastle and nurse Jean Pargetter had a three-month affair in 1953. After Lionel was posted to Korea, the two lost touch when Lionel's letter to Jean failed to get delivered. Thirty-eight years later, they meet again. Can the old magic last or are they too old and set in their ways?

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  • Episode #101

    Lionel and Jean meet again by accident after 38 years. Each has been married but is now alone. There is a possibility that they could get together again, but 38 years is a long time and many things have changed. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #102

    Lionel and Jean have made vague promises to keep in touch, but will they? [28 minutes]

  • Episode #103

    Jean and Lionel have now established a vague, uneasy friendship. Does this give them enough common ground on which they can build a new relationship? [29 minutes]

  • Episode #104

    After spending a day visiting old haunts together, Lionel departs London to give a lecture. Jean is persuaded by her daughter to pay him a surprise visit. It is Jean who is surprised when she finds Lionel with one Denise on his arm. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #105

    Relations have turned quite frosty between them since Jean has found Lionel in the company of another woman. Alistair, Lionel's agent, has become keen on Jean. Jean responds to his attentions as a way of getting back at Lionel. [27 minutes]

  • Episode #106

    Judy, Jean's daughter, is besotted with Lionel while Alistair is smitten with Jean. Lionel and Jean are flattered by the attention but feel it must sop. They plan a picnic with the Judy and Alistair in hopes that the two of them will hit it off together. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #201

    Lionel is more scared of being "shot" for his book cover than he was of being shot during the Korean War. While Jean at first declines to accompany his to the studio, she later decides to join him and is amused at the photographer's tricks. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #202

    Judy leaves home so that her mother and Lionel can have the house to themselves for the weekend. This leaves Jean with misgivings since everything is so set up. Lionel sees his book cover photograph and pronounces it "...vaguely pornographic." [28 minutes]

  • Episode #204

    Lionel and Jean work on getting him a suitable outfit for his impending book launch. Meanwhile, Lionel cannot figure why a talented publisher like Alistair is working so hard to promote his book, one which even Lionel admits is "...rather a dull read." [27 minutes]

  • Episode #205

    A chance meeting with Jean's sister-in-law Penny leads to a weekend in the country and a tricky situation for Lionel and Jean. Not wanting to admit to Penny that their relationship goes back four decades, Jean fibs that they have know one another for only a few months. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #206

    Back from a country weekend with Lionel, Jean is annoyed at Judy's insinuations about the relationship with Lionel. Lionel only makes matters worse when he crassly invites Jean to join him on a "freebie" cruise. [27 minutes]

  • Episode #207

    Lionel has "first night nerves" over his first signing session at a book shop. Alistair and Jean, meanwhile, are working overtime wheedling and cajoling friends and acquaintances to queue up for signatures from the author. [27 minutes]

  • Episode #301

    When Lionel and Jean were young they dreamed of a romantic holiday together in Paris. Now that dream has become reality, they find they are not alone in this lovers' paradise and that true love never runs smoothly. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #302

    Lionel's father is getting married. Jean and Lionel have key roles to play, her as bridesmaid and him to give away the bride. But events on wedding day go awry, and Lionel winds up in a quite different role. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #303

    Jean and Lionel have made the decision to live together. However, wires get crossed and there is confusion about who is to go live with whom. They end up still living apart. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #304

    Jean and Lionel are still stale-mated over who will live with whom. Jean's sister-in-law is in town and wants to meet the "lovey-dovey" twosome. Not willing to admit the real situation, Jean embarks on a cover up. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #305

    Jean and Lionel have at last agreed that Lionel should move in with Jean. When they are left alone in their new joint accommodation, they find it a little difficult to adjust to their new way of life. ~ [29 minutes]

  • Episode #306

    Jean is opening another secretarial agency and is looking for someone to run it. Meanwhile, work for Lionel seems to have dried up, giving Jean cause for concern. But Lionel is withholding something from her. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #307

    Alistair returns from a trip to the US and announces that he has an American TV company interested in their love story as a mini-series. Lionel has very little time to write a treatment before lunching with a production representative. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #308

    Jean and Lionel travel to Los Angeles to discuss turning their story into a film. But Jean becomes quite concerned when Lionel meets the executive who will decide their fate. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #309

    Back from California and suffering from jet lag, Lionel takes to bed. Jean, however, must see to a problem on the part of Judy and Sandy with the manager just appointed at the new branch office. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #310

    There is more disquiet this week as Jean and Lionel engage in further discussions of the mini-series to be based on their love story. [27 minutes]

  • Episode #401

    Sandy has moved herself into the Pargetter household. With Judy also living at home, Lionel finds himself surrounded by females and wonders if he has done the right thing in moving in. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #402

    The American producers have requested some spicier re-writes in Lionel's script for the mini-series. One of Jean's secretaries is brought in to help, but how much help can one expect from one over zealous secretary? [28 minutes]

  • Episode #403

    Lionel's chattering secretary, Gwen, is still around with her " helpful" suggestions, but jean devises a plan to get rid of her without hurting her feelings. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #404

    Jean's sister-in-law, Penny, is convinced that her husband is having an affair with his dental hygienist. Penny insists on moving in with Jean and Lionel. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #405

    The American producer is scouting locations for the mini-series. Jean and Lionel hear some unexpected but welcome news from his father Rocky and his quite eccentric wife Madge. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #406

    Lionel's proposal to Jean has been accepted, but Judy is now barely on speaking terms with Alistair. Sandy has walked out on her boyfriend. Stephen's plans for a surprise anniversary party for Penny go hopelessly wrong. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #407

    Jean and Lionel set the date for their wedding. While all the women in the wedding party are shopping for clothes, Lionel has at last finished the script for the American mini-series based on his and Jean's romance. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #408

    Wedding day nerves appear to get the best of Lionel. Meanwhile, Jean does her best to remain composed in spite of her sister-in-law's well intentioned efforts to calm her. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #409

    Judy has a new romantic interest. From Sandy's evasive comments there is clearly a problem. Jean's efforts on her daughter's behalf only lead to further complications. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #410

    The mini-series based on Jean and Lionel's romance is finally in production. In the course of shooting sequences, the American producers reveal some of the "improvements" they have wrought in Lionel's original script. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #501

    Jean and Lionel decide to head off for the Hardcastle country home. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #502

    Lionel unexpectedly receives a letter from ex-wife Margaret. When he and Jean meet with her, Margaret is far from the frumpy woman Lionel remembers. And she has a boy toy in tow to boot. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #503

    In search for a hobby to help occupy his time, Lionel takes to model boat building. Jean and company become concerned with this pastime and take action. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #504

    On their last trip to the country, both Jean and Lionel were unsettled by the constant jostling of the country set. They will try stealth and sneaking into his family country home...with predictable consequences. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #505

    Alistair announces the mini-series based on their romance is due to telecast in the United States in September. Lionel is miffed at the re- write to his script and refuses to attend the premiere. Judy and Sandy leap at the chance to go. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #506

    Penny is convinced she will not be long in this world as she prepares for a routine hospital stay and Lionel and Jean get the job of looking after Stephen for the duration. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #507

    When Lionel and Jean made a stand against the ghastly country set several weeks earlier, they became very popular with the villagers. Those same villagers now shower the couple with gifts ranging from a firkin of ale to a piglet. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #601

    Lionel is feeling brave and protective, giving his wife, Jean, cause for concern. Lionel's pride is severely dented, not only because of Jean's reaction, but also because he has tried - and failed - to open a jar of pickled onions. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #602

    While Lionel is "quite content with doing very little slowly," his wife, Jean, is bringing work home with her and irritating her daughter, Judy, and colleague, Sandy, in the office. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #603

    Jean and Lionel manage to survive an evening with Jean's intimidating sister-in-law. Jean is surrounded by dilemmas, none of which she would want to share with the nosy Penny. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #604

    Lionel is not well and Jean is trying to console him, whilst getting to the root of what has upset the housekeeper, Mrs. Bale. During a weekend at Rocky and Madge's house, Mrs. Bale becomes decidedly fractious towards them, whenever they ask if she needs assistance with anything. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #605

    Jean and Lionel are greeted by an unwelcome guest and a shocking announcement when they return home to London. Judy had her new boyfriend, Paul, staying while Jean and Lionel were away, much to Jean's dismay. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #606

    Lionel, Jean, Judy, and Sandy are concerned when they hear noises from the empty house next door. After Lionel calls the police, the doorbell rings and standing on the doorstep is their ex-neighbor, Mr. Carter. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #607

    Jean feels her life is mundane and uneventful and she wants Lionel to come up with a suitable surprise to pep things up. Alistair suggests Lionel takes Jean to Barbados the next day and he will set it all up. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #701

    Jean suspects that Lionel is going deaf. But despite the fact that he clearly can't hear very much, Lionel resists going to a doctor. Meanwhile, he becomes convinced that Jean is having problems with her eyes and sets about solving this dilemma. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #702

    Jean and Lionel take a parental interest in Harry, Sandy's policeman boyfriend. Yet, the affairs of the younger generation seem to diminish in importance when Jean receives a phone message from an old flame. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #703

    Jean undertakes some strategic snooping to discover what the new neighors are like. How is it they show up at the pub with black eyes after fighting with one another? [29 minutes]

  • Episode #704

    The whole gang, minus Harry who's stuck on duty for protest coverage, head out to the country for the weekend. But road construction is about to throw the travelers for a loop. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #705

    Jean's brother, Steven and his wife are expected for another visit. As they are considered a rather dull couple by the Hardcastles, it is most surprising that they arrive via separate modes of transportation to announce that they are having a tiff. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #706

    Jean gets the whole gang, including Lionel's father, Rocky, and his stepmother to help out with her old-age party at the church hall. Lionel is the last to agree and is anxious about the whole idea, especially after being told to watch out for Mrs. Thrupp. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #707

    The Duncans abruptly vacate the dwelling next door and Judith has the wonderful idea of her and Alistair taking up residence there. Lionel has his reservations, but they are nothing compared to the reservations Judith has when Alistair proposes marriage for an odd reason. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #801

    As Judith and Sandy no longer have boyfriends Jean wants to think of a way to cheer them up. She enlists Lionel's support. When Alistair calls round on business Jean thinks he has come to help. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #802

    Lionel finds a dog. Jean, Judith and Sandy want to keep him, but Lionel insists they should trace the real owner. Sandy meets her ex-boyfriend Harry (a policeman) who later turns up with the dog's real owner. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #803

    Lionel walks in on Sandy in the bath and Jean decides it is time to have an additional bathroom added. She calls in a builder and as the building project progresses, tensions mount. Sandy and Judith consider moving out. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #804

    Jean's sister-in-law Penny and husband Steven visit and announce that when they retire they will live in Spain - all paid for with pension plans. Lionel broods over his lack of pension. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #805

    In order to ease Lionel's financial situation Alistair suggests that he sell the country house. Lionel and Jean travel to the country to break the news to Mrs. Bale, Lol and Rocky. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #806

    Jean decides it's time to join the technological age. Lionel is frustrated by her enthusiasm for the Internet and refuses to help her get connected. Alistair meets Lionel at a pub and tells him that he' s lost all his money. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #901

    Sandy's policeman boyfriend, Harry, calls at the house to tell Sandy some important news. Jean tries desperately to get it out of him, but isn't supported by Lionel, who keeps changing the subject. Meanwhile, Alistair - who has had dates with both girls in the household -suddenly realizes he wants Judith and that he should settle down. But his business is booming, so which will come first - work or romance? Meanwhile, Sandy is discovering Harry's news. He has been promoted to Detective Sergeant and has been offered an attachment to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. But though he is making plans for his new life, it is beginning to look as if she may not be part of it. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #902

    Alistair has finally proposed marriage to Judith and has been accepted. Jean is naturally delighted for her daughter and can't wait to make plans for the wedding. Needless to say, there are some complications when realisation strikes confirmed bachelor Alistair, while Judith has her own plans for a country wedding. Jean's sister-in-law Penny and her long-suffering husband Stephen have some news of their own which may prevent them from attending the wedding -he is due to receive an OBE for his services to dentistry. Meanwhile, Lionel's father Rocky and Mrs Bale prepare for the big event in the village. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #903

    As the day of Judith and Alistair's wedding approaches, the women are putting the final touches to their plans. A minor hitch occurs when the best man breaks his leg, so Rocky is asked to do the honours instead. Alistair is still being emotional while Jean is now working hard to pair Harry off with Sandy. The day of the country wedding finally arrives and turns out to be a big success - with a little help from Rocky, Lol and Mrs Bale. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #904

    With Judith and Alistair away on their honeymoon, the house seems very empty to Jean and Lionel. Despite all Jean and Sandy’s efforts, Harry has still not proposed, so Jean is considering asking Sandy to take over as office manager at the secretarial agency. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #905

    With the house to themselves for the first time in ages, Jean and Lionel reflect on their life together. Jean tries to persuade Lionel to write 'part two' of his autobiography, starting when they met again after 38 years and rekindled their romance. Lionel dismisses this idea, convinced that no one would believe the story, but Jean persists, illustrating with flashbacks how each pivotal moment, such as their meeting and his proposal, could be a chapter in the book. [30 minutes]

  • Episode #906

    Jean and Lionel continue to reminisce about their life together, recalling with more than a bit of mirth Jean's discomfort with any young woman who caught Lionel's eye, Judith and Sandy's tumultuous relationships, and Lionel's stubbornness regarding his health. The flashbacks illustrate what a uniquely affectionate relationship they have. But the question remains, will Lionel agree to tell their story in an autobiography? [29 minutes]

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