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The Upper Hand

The Upper Hand is a sitcom, produced by Central Television and broadcast by ITV from 1990 to 1996. The programme was adapted from the American sitcom Who's the Boss?.

As in the former series, an affluent single woman, raising a son with the help of her mother, hires a housekeeper only to have a man apply for the job.

Setting

Charlie moved from London into Caroline (Diana Weston)'s home with his daughter, Joanna, played by Kellie Bright. Caroline's son, Tom (William Puttock), and her man-eating mother, Laura (Honor Blackman) also lived in the house.

Both Caroline and Charlie repeatedly attempt to find love elsewhere. For years denying their blossoming feelings for one another, they lead the viewer on a will-they-won't-they chase lasting until the end of the sixth series. The seventh series saw them as husband and wife which went beyond the premise of the American version.

The theme music was written by Debbie Wiseman.

Episode list

Series 1 (1 May 90 - 14 Aug 90)

  • Just The Job
  • Briefless Encounter
  • Dinner For Two
  • The Old Girl Network
  • Caroline's First Fight
  • Who's Who
  • Growing Pains
  • Paint Your Wagon
  • Welcome Home (Part 1)
  • Welcome Home (Part 2)
  • Just Like Charlie
  • First Kiss
  • Requiem (Christmas Special)

Series 2 (18 Feb 91 - 20 May 91)

  • Common Entrance
  • When Worlds Collide
  • Wedding Bells (Part 1)
  • Wedding Bells (Part 2)
  • Cupid's Arrows
  • The Babysitter (Part 1)
  • The Babysitter (Part 2)
  • Playing To Win
  • The Heiress
  • A Friend In Need
  • And The Winner Is ...
  • She's My Girl
  • The Anniversary

Series 3 (5 Nov 91 - 11 Feb 92)

  • Bedtime Story
  • First Date
  • Once Bitten, Twice Shy
  • Older Than Springtime
  • Neighbours
  • Old Flames
  • Wheels
  • The Honeymooners
  • The Whiz Kid
  • FamilyTies
  • The Proposal
  • Business And Pleasure
  • PilIow TaIk

Series 4 (20 Oct 92 - 22 Feb 93)

  • Come Dancing
  • Blind Date
  • Sex, Lies And Exercise Tape
  • Summoned To The Head
  • The Girl Next Door
  • Charlie's Auntie's Uncle
  • Match Of The Day
  • Surprise, Surprise
  • The Fugitive
  • You Shall Go To The Ball
  • To Let Or Not To Let
  • Big Bad Burrows
  • Working Girls
  • A Model Grandmother
  • The Manageress
  • Wish You Were Here
  • A Walk On The Mild Side
  • Take Your Pick
  • Tunnel Of Love

Series 5 (9 Sep 93 - 23 Dec 93)

  • Not In Front Of The Children
  • Misery
  • Cheers
  • Duck Soup
  • Minder
  • Wheel Of Fortune
  • The Price Is Right
  • Housewife's Choice
  • Who's The Boss?
  • The Far Pavilion
  • The Porridge Diet
  • Mixed Devils
  • Full House
  • Keep It In The Family
  • Happy Ever After? (Part 1)
  • Happy Ever After? (Part 2)

Series 6 (6 Jan 95 - 8 Apr 95)

  • Moonlighting
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Granny Get Your Gun
  • Surgical Spirit
  • Father Of The Bride (Part 1)
  • Father Of The Bride (Part 2)
  • Married ... With Parents
  • No Place Like Home
  • Hard Times
  • Hit The Road
  • Home Improvement
  • Quantum Leap
  • Second Thoughts
  • The Wedding

Series 7 (2 Sep 96 - 14 Oct 96)

  • A Lion Called Laura
  • Friends
  • In Marriage We Trust
  • The Chunnel Of Love
  • Nobody's Child
  • A Couple Of Charlies
  • Oh my Baby, Oh my Baby

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