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The best will they, won't they sitcom
on 30 November 2009
Made in the early 90s, this was an enjoyable sitcom that managed to provide its fair share of laughs, but which was elevated into something memorable by an excellent cast with Joe McGann and Diana Weston as the appealing leads, and a classy Honor Blackman as Diana's intrusive mother. The premise is that Diana's character is a busy woman who hires a housekeeper to look after her children, but, shock horror, the best person for the job turns out to be a man.
At first the series gets laughs out of the gender reversal situation that was fairly radical in the early 90s, but rapidly it develops into a question of how long it'll take the leads to realize the obvious and get together. The show lasted for seven seasons and in truth, at times, it could be formulaic and repetitive as unlike most British sitcoms that usually provide around six episodes a season, this show churned out 13 or even more a year. Luckily the show managed to re-invent itself several times by allowing the arc storyline of the leads' romance to develop, so there's always much to enjoy.