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 5 - Caroline's First Fight

Caroline isn't amused when Jo and William get in a fight, and makes her feelings perfectly clear. A homesick Joanna doesn't take kindly to being told quite how to behave and heads to London - with William in tow.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 29th May 1990
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 11th January 2013 5:10pm ITV3
Monday 14th January 2013 8:00am ITV3
Monday 2nd September 2013 4:05pm ITV3
Friday 28th February 2014 5:20pm ITV3
Friday 26th September 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
Peggy Phango Mrs. Riley (Charlie's London landlady)
Susie Ann Watkins (as Susie-Ann Watkins) Teresa (Barmaid)
Dave Atkins Pigsy (Charlie's bar-prop friend)
Paul Valler Robbo (Youth in street)
Writing team
Greg Freeman Writer (Adapted By)
Robert Sternin Writer
Prudence Fraser Writer
Nicholas Hyde Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Martin Dennis Director
Christopher Walker Producer
Jenny Egner Editor
Tony Ferris Production Designer
Debbie Wiseman Composer

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