May 1, 1990: The Upper Hand

The_Upper_Hand-1990The Upper Hand is a British television sitcom, produced by Central Independent Television and Columbia Pictures Television (then as Columbia TriStar Central Productions) and broadcast by ITV from 1990 to 1996. The programme was adapted from the American sitcom Who’s the Boss?.

As in the former series, an affluent single woman Caroline Weatley, raising her son with the help of her mother Laura West, hires a housekeeper only to have a man called Charlie Burrows apply for the job.

Down on his luck former footballer Charlie Burrows (Joe McGann) moves from a TV-UK-05-01-1990deprived area of London to leafy Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire to make a better life for his daughter, Joanna (Kellie Bright), taking a job as housekeeper for well-off advertising executive Caroline Wheatley (Diana Weston). Although Caroline is unsure about employing him, her man-eating mother Laura West (Honor Blackman) talks her into it. Soon the two become friends, with Caroline’s son Tom (William Puttock) coming to see Charlie as a father figure, and Joanna enjoying having a female influence in her life.

Both Caroline and Charlie repeatedly attempt to find love elsewhere, denying their blossoming feelings for one another. For years they lead the viewer on a will-they-won’t-they chase, lasting until the end of the sixth series, when the pair marry. After initial plans to end the series there, ITV commissioned a seventh series featuring Charlie and Caroline as husband and wife, which went beyond the premise of the original American version. [Wikipedia]

Watch the opening credits for series one on the TV iNTRO CHANNEL YouTube Channel.


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