The Upper Hand

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 7

    Oh Baby, Oh Baby

    Aired 10/14/96

  • S 7 : Ep 6

    A Couple of Charlies

    Aired 10/7/96

  • S 7 : Ep 5

    Nobody's Child

    Aired 9/30/96

  • S 7 : Ep 4

    The Chunnel of Love

    Aired 9/23/96

  • S 7 : Ep 3

    In Marriage We Trust

    Aired 9/16/96

  • Cast & Crew
  • Honor Blackman

    Laura West

  • Anthony Newley

    Nick Murray

  • Lynda Baron

    Auntie Pat

  • Diana Weston

    Caroline Wheatley

  • Joe McGann

    Charlie Burrows

  • show Description
  • The Upper Hand aired from May 1990 to October 1996. 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 Laura chose the right person for the job. Charlie is good for Tom as he needs a father figure and he's also good for Caroline as he gradually loosens her up a bit. The line between employer and employee vanishes rapidly as Caroline comes think of Joanna as the daughter she never had and, although she fights against it, there is also a strong attraction between her and Charlie. Laura actively tries to get the couple together and is rewarded when, ultimately, they fall in love and finally get married. The Upper Hand is, in fact, the British version of America's own sitcom, Who's The Boss? starring, Tony Danza and Judith Light as the warring housekeeper and boss. In the episode, "Tunnel of Love", Katherine Helmond, who played Mona - Laura's equivalent in the show, 'Who's The Boss?' - had a role as a fortune teller that finally pushed Charlie to admit his feelings for Caroline - that was a nice touch. The final season was only seven episodes long just to tie up any loose ends after Charlie and Caroline's wedding - and let Caroline finally get pregnant. Visit the new site! The Upper Hand Online for pictures, links, info, and much more! The Theme Song was written by Debbie Wiseman.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Charlie: I've never seen a dorm room with room service before!

    • Caroline: Men are put off by my success. Charlie: Well, I wasn't put off. Caroline: But you're not a man!

    • Charlie: I’m sorry but I had no idea he was a screamer .

    Trivia (10)

    • This is the first time that we see the registration plate of Caroline's Blue Jaguar XJS - G465 RAL

    • At the party Charlie's glass goes from being half full to empty, and the punch goes from being pink to red.

    • When Charlie puts Caroline to bed she is still wearing her black dress but when we see her wake up in the morning she is wearing a white shirt.

    • When Suzanne and Caroline are talking by the door, there is a visible shadow of someone (Brian) outside waiting around for his cue to ring the doorbell.

    • Caroline sings "Working for the Yankee Dollar" and Charlie sings "The Lady is a Tramp" in this episode.

    • We find out in this episode that Carolines' address is "The Old Barn, Oak Hills, Henley-on-Thames"

    • The quote on the back of the watch that Caroline gives to Charlie says "It's time I said I love you"

    • In the US version of The Upper Hand, "Who's the Boss?", Katherine Helmond plays the equivalent part of Laura.

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    Allusions (15)

    • This episode shares a name with the 1951 Broadway musical comedy and the 1969 musical film starring Lee Marvin.

    • Family Ties was a comedy during the 1980s starring Michael J Fox.

    • "Match of the Day" is a Saturday afternoon television show on the BBC with round ups of all the football scores from throughout the day.

    • The Fugitive was a film about a man running away from the cops.

    • "Wish You Were Here" was a British television programme where celebrities visited different parts of the globe reporting on their holidays there.

    • Cheers was a US comedy set in a bar, which later gave us the spin off Fraiser.

    • Minder was a British TV series which ran from 1979 until 1994. It was about a small-time local crook who did 'dodgy' deals and had an ex-boxer, jailbird as his minder.

    • Wheel of Fortune is a tv show where contestants spin a wheel to determine their prize money.

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • You could tell right from the start that tonight’s episode was going to be a good one.

    By gabby2010, Jun 26, 2006

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