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
A local television show wants to do a profile of Caroline as a successful businesswoman, but when they visit her home they get a far from normal picture
Caroline is still unlucky in love, so much so that she even resorts to an escort. Then Charlie states the obvious - they should go out on a date
Charlie is not a happy man when he notices a love bite on Jo's neck, and so attempts to ground her
Charlie gets a 22-year old girlfriend who happens to work for a swish agency, which gives Caroline a new opportunity
A new family move in next door, but their over-niceness is bound to be covering trouble
There is poetry in motion when a face from Caroline's past walks in, with shocking news
It's Charlie's birthday, and he has his heart set on a new set of wheels, but breaking up is so very hard to do - even when it's with his battered old van
Charlie takes Caroline to see him play in a football reunion match, but a distraction of the female kind risks torpedoing the whole weekend
Charlie feels put out when Caroline brings her devilishly perfect new creative director home, and there is suddenly a new Mr. Popular about house
Charlie's late wife's father (Jo's grandfather) turns up out of the blue, but what are his real motives?
Caroline is seeing her accountant Geoffrey, but gets nervous when he needs to see her about a life-changing question
Caroline gifts Charlie with a high-class golf membership, but Laura wants him to use his charm to get her a rich business client in return.