The show was the idea of Terence Howard (who had worked on the celebrated Campari ad campaign which launched the TV career of model Lorraine Chase). The idea was turned into television scripts by, now legendary, comedy writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (of Porridge, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, The Likely Lads fame). It featured some superb casting with the two lead actors having similar backgrounds to their on screen characters
Making it’s television debut in 1980 it ran for four series until 1984.
Charles Latimer, is an aristocrat and a Conservative MP who saves working class model Lorraine Watts from the unwelcome attentions of a lecherous photographer.
Whilst the two backgrounds could not be further apart (Charles being an aristocrat and Lorraine being Cockney born and bred), the difference in their social standing doesn’t seem to be able to put the brake on their express dash into romance… although it’s never going to be straight forward.
Lorraine Chase … Lorraine Watts (unknown episodes)
John Standing … Charles Latimer, MP (unknown episodes)
Steve Alder … Brian Sweeney (unknown episodes)
Richard Caldicot … Bassett (unknown episodes)
John Cater … George Watts (unknown episodes)
Natalie Forbes … Astrid Lindstrom (unknown episodes)
Patricia Hodge … Sybilla Howarth (unknown episodes)
Sheila Keith … Mrs. Lilley (unknown episodes)
James Villiers … Lord Freddy Apthorpe (unknown episodes)
Created By: Terence Howard
Developed For TV By: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Written By: Ian La Frenais, Terence Howard and Paul Makin
Produced for ITV By: ATV (became Central from 1982)
Original Transmission Dates: 30 May 1980 – 30 March 1984