The Upper Hand. Image shows from L to R: Joanna Burrows (Kellie Bright), Laura West (Honor Blackman), Charlie Burrows (Joe McGann), Tom Wheatley (William Puttock), Caroline Wheatley (Diana Weston)
The Upper Hand

The Upper Hand

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV
  • 1990 - 1996
  • 95 episodes (7 series)

Charlie Burrows is an ex-footballer and single father who moves to the country and takes a job as housekeeper to a successful businesswoman. Stars Joe McGann, Diana Weston, Honor Blackman, Kellie Bright and William Puttock

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 12 - First Kiss

A seemingly forgotten birthday leads Caroline to become rather sozzled, and Charlie ends up a little worse for the drink himself; with dropped inhibitions, a kiss is on the cards. But anything more...?

Broadcast details

Tuesday 14th August 1990
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 5:20pm ITV3
Wednesday 23rd January 2013 8:20am ITV3
Wednesday 11th September 2013 4:15pm ITV3
Tuesday 11th March 2014 5:20pm ITV3
Tuesday 7th October 2014 6:00am ITV3

Cast & crew

Joe McGann Charlie Burrows
Diana Weston Caroline Wheatley
Honor Blackman Laura West
Kellie Bright Joanna Burrows
William Puttock Tom Wheatley
Guest cast
Michael Bilton Leo (Lady Rawcliffe's butler)
Kirsten Cooke Wendy (Caroline's friend)
Suzanne Church Isobel (Caroline's doctor friend)
Nigel Leach Drunk party guest
Charles Collingwood Gerald Pearson
Katerina Hadjimatheou Pearson's daughter
Writing team
Greg Freeman Writer (Adapted By)
Bud Wiser Writer
Robert Sternin Writer
Prudence Fraser Writer
Ellen Guylas Writer
Production team
Martin Dennis Director
Christopher Walker Producer
Nigel Miller Editor
Debbie Wiseman Composer

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