On The Up. Image shows from L to R: Tony Carpenter (Dennis Waterman), Ruth Carpenter (Judy Buxton). Copyright: BBC
On The Up

On The Up

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1990 - 1992
  • 19 episodes (3 series)

Self-made millionaire Tony Carpenter lives in a large house with permanent staff, but he's not forgotten his Cockney roots. Stars Dennis Waterman, Sam Kelly, Joan Sims, Jenna Russell, Judy Buxton and more.

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Series 1, Episode 4

Not all is well with Stephanie, running away from Tony on her school's open day. It seems that her parents' separation is having a greater effect than expected, and seeing her father arrive with the staff is the last straw in her embarrassment. Mrs Wembley makes a somewhat positive impression on the head of the Governors, however...

Broadcast details

Tuesday 25th September 1990
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Dennis Waterman Tony Carpenter
Sam Kelly Sam
Joan Sims Fiona Wembley
Jenna Russell Maggie Lomax
Judy Buxton Ruth Carpenter
Vanessa Hadaway Stephanie Carpenter
Michelle Hatch Dawn
Guest cast
Jenny Lee Mrs Purvis
Paul Arlington Mr Purvis
Peter Godwin Waiter
Joan Blackham Miss Runcorn
William Lucas Sir Douglas Hoyle
Writing team
Bob Larbey Writer
Production team
Gareth Gwenlan Director
Gareth Gwenlan Producer
Rob Poole Editor
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Oliver Bayldon Production Designer
Philip Lester Costume Designer
Sallie Jaye Make-up Designer
Henry Barber Lighting Designer
Dennis Waterman Composer

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