1 9 9 0 – 1 9 9 6 (UK)
95 x 25 minute episodes
This terminally cosy role-reversal sitcom was a British version of America’s Who’s The Boss?
On suffering injury as a professional footballer, Charlie Burrows (Joe McGann) – who is bringing up his streetwise and tomboyish 11-year-old daughter, Joanna (Kellie Bright) alone – takes up a position as resident housekeeper in the Henley household of Caroline Wheatley (Diana Weston), an ambitious advertising executive with the firm of Blake & Hunter.
Caroline is separated from wildlife filmmaker Michael (Nicky Henson).
Caroline’s seven-year-old son, Tom (William Puttock), warms to Charlie and, before long, so does his mum. An on-off love affair followed for six long seasons before the toothsome twosome finally married in a one-off hour-long special in 1995.
The only real visible humour came in the form of Caroline’s mother, Laura West – a vivacious sex-crazed OAP played by Honor Blackman of The Avengers fame.