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Fans call on the BBC to make Goodnight Sweetheart a series

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Fans loved the return of Goodnight Sweetheart for its one-off special and want to see more

Viewers have urged the BBC to bring back Goodnight Sweetheart after the one-off return on Friday night was hailed a huge success.

Nicholas Lyndhurst reprised his role as time traveller Gary Sparrow in last night's revival of the British sitcom.

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Christopher Ettridge, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Elizabeth Carlin in Goodnight Sweeheart

The special BBC1 episode – written by original creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran – beat the opposition in the ratings, gaining 3.7 million viewers (19.5% share) and a peak of four million.

Gardeners’ World on BBC2 was watched by 2.4 million, Lady C And The Castle on ITV attracted 2.2 million and Eight Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown on Channel 4 got 1.6 million.

Young Hyacinth, a prequel to the comedy hit Keeping Up Appearances, was broadcast straight after Goodnight Sweetheart and was watched by 3.4 million viewers, a peak of 3.5 million and a 17.8% share.

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Kerry Howard as young Hyacinth

No decisions have yet been made about making a full series of Goodnight Sweatheart, commissioned as part of a season of one-off specials celebrating the heritage of BBC comedy.

Both shows received a warm response from fans following the return of Are You Being Served? which was panned by viewers, and Porridge.

John Challis, who is Nicholas’s former co-star in Only Fools and Horses, was among the viewers who enjoyed Goodnight Sweetheart.

John, who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, wrote on Twitter:

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Comic Jason Manford also heaped praise on the episode.

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Goodnight Sweetheart ran for six series on BBC One.

Nicholas last played Sparrow, a former TV repairman and accidental time traveller who leads an extraordinary double life, 17 years ago.

Other fans also called for the return of the show.

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Viewers also praised the performance of Kerry Howard as a young Hyacinth in the prequel to Keeping Up Appearances.

Derren Litten, who wrote the return of Are You Being Served?, approved:

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Earlier this year, Keeping Up Appearances’ star Patricia Routledge suggested that she was unimpressed with the idea of the corporation revisiting some of Britain’s best-loved TV series.

“Why are they doing this sort of thing?” the actress, 87, was quoted as saying. “They must be desperate.”

Kerry described her response as “sad”, saying: “I think she should be incredibly flattered that the BBC are paying homage to all these great shows.”