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The Upper Hand

Season 1 1990

  • 1990-04-30T18:00:00-05:00 on ITV1
  • 30 mins
  • 6 hours, 30 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy

Charlie Burrows (Joe McGann) is an ex-professional footballer who has had to give the game up due to injury. His young wife died suddenly and he was left to raise their daughter, Joanna (Kellie Bright), on his own. When Joanna gets into yet another fight, he realizes that he needs to obtain a better way of life for her and takes a job as a housekeeper to a rich and divorced career woman, Caroline Wheatley (Diana Weston) . This gives Jo the opportunity to go to a better school and have a female role model in her life. Caroline is uptight and very repressed. She lives in a wonderful house in Henley with her son, Tom (William Puttock) and her mother, Laura (Honor Blackman) and doesn't want a 'hunk' of a male to be housekeeper even though her mother has already employed him. Of course as the show progresses we see that

13 episodes

1x01 Just the Job

  • Series Premiere

    1990-04-30T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Charlie moves from London to the country to give his daughter Joanna a better life. But the attractive Caroline is shocked to find her mother Laura considers him - a man - suitable to be their housekeeper.

1x02 Briefless Encounter

  • 1990-05-07T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Laura tells Charlie he can use Caroline's private bath, as she is not supposed to be home for hours

1x03 Dinner for Two

  • 1990-05-14T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Laura takes the children camping, so Caroline invites her latest beau round for a dinner with waiter service. But when he is unable to make it, Charlie feels bad for her

1x04 The Old Girl Network

  • 1990-05-21T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Caroline's well-bred former school friend turns up, and leaves the Whestley household cheesed off

1x05 Caroline's First Fight

  • 1990-05-28T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Caroline and Charlie have to chase after the children who have run away to Charlie's former London estate, due to disagreements about their behaviour. But Caroline's fish out of water status leaves her ending up the naughty one.

1x06 Who's Who

  • 1990-06-04T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Caroline is unlucky in love because men are intimidated by her position, but Charlie can pull a woman just as simply as talking to her in a supermarket. What new tactics can Caroline learn for a taste of date success?

1x07 Growing Pains

  • 1990-07-09T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Tomboy Jo and Charlie both feel confused and awkward when she is just about to turn 12 and suddenly feels differently about herself and unable to play football any more

1x08 Paint Your Wagon

  • 1990-07-16T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Bodywork is the theme of the day, when Charlie admires the women at his aerobics class, and Caroline's Jaguar needs a new coat of paint. But the line between employer and employee is crossed when Charlie chooses the colour.

1x09 Welcome Home (1)

  • 1990-07-23T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Caroline's estranged husband returns from his jungle explorations, and despite having already agreed to a divorce quickly worms his way back into her emotions, and puts his stamp back on the house

1x10 Welcome Home (2)

  • 1990-07-30T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Charlie has got a new job since Michael let him go, but Caroline and Michael's sickly-sweet renewed romantics are already starting to wear thin

1x11 Just Like Charlie

  • 1990-08-05T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Tom's behaviour begins to cause concern, but could it be due to the influence of Charlie?

1x12 First Kiss

  • 1990-08-13T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

The kids go away on a boat trip. Caroline gets drunk for her Birthday and Charlie gets drunk at his former employer's leaving do, which leads to a spontaneous moment

1x13 Requiem

  • 1990-12-26T18:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

It's Christmas, and Charlie is moonlighting to make extra money. But what for? Maybe budding new writer Laura can solve the mystery.