Staggeringly it has been nearly 25 years since The Upper Hand came to an end.

Starting in May 1990, the much-loved ITV sitcom ran for seven series until the final episode aired in October 1996.

Adapted from American sitcom Who's The Boss?, The Upper Hand focused on affluent single mum Caroline Wheately trying to raise her son.

Along with the help of her mother Laura West, Caroline employed a live-in housekeeper named Charlie Burrows to help get her life back on track.

Charlie also brought along his daughter Joanna and they formed a loving family - with viewers tuning in to see their hilarious antics.

For years we were desperate to see whether Caroline and Charlie would get together amid their "will-they-won't-they" relationship until they finally got married.

Joe McGann, Honor Blackman, Diana Weston, Kellie Bright and William Puttock in 1992 as the cast of The Upper Hand
Joe McGann, Honor Blackman, Diana Weston, Kellie Bright and William Puttock in 1992 as the cast of The Upper Hand

There were plans to end the show after they wed - but bosses wrote a final series focused on their life as husband and wife.

Once filming stopped on the comedy classic, the cast remained on our screens on other exciting projects.

Obviously esteemed actress Honor Blackman was very famous before starring in the show after appearing as Bond Girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.

Many have ventured into soapland with one actor becoming a hated Hollyoaks villain, while another is a much-loved EastEnders favourite who was landlady of the Queen Vic.

Here is a look at what happened next for the cast of The Upper Hand.

Charlie Burrows - Joe McGann

Charlie Burrows (bottom middle) became the housekeeper
Charlie Burrows (played by Joe McGann - bottom middle) became the housekeeper

Charlie Burrows was a down on his luck former footballer who decided to uproot to give his daughter Joanna a better life.

A single dad since the death of his wife Debbie, Charlie applied for the housekeeping job for Caroline so he could leave his deprived London home for leafy Henley-on-Thames.

The confident charmer contrasted with the very serious Caroline but he managed to help her loosen up as the series progressed.

An ongoing joke was Charlie seeing himself as in traditional male stereotypes while embracing the role of a cleaner, which helped change attitudes at the time.

Charlie was played by actor Joe McGann, who has also appeared in Dangerfield, The Hanging Gale and All Creatures Great and Small.

Joe McGann played evil Edward Hutchinson in Hollyoaks
Joe McGann played evil Edward Hutchinson in Hollyoaks

In 2013, Joe opened up about suffering severe depression while starring in The Upper Hand.

"I’ve had several very low times but the worst was probably when I was starring in the BBC1 sitcom The Upper Hand in the 90s," he told The Mirror.

"I had this horrible situation where I was more successful and recognisable than at any time in my life but felt the most wretched I’d ever felt. I couldn’t go anywhere and hide as people would recognise me all over the place.

"That’s when I really started to address my problems as an adult. I started visiting various therapists and found cognitive behavioural therapy very helpful."

Most recently, Joe had viewers shouting at their screens playing Hollyoaks villain Edward Hutchinson, who died in December last year when he accidentally ate a mince pie he had poisoned.

Caroline Wheately - Diana Weston

Diana Weston (right) was affluent single mum Caroline Wheately
Diana Weston (right) was affluent single mum Caroline Wheately

Affluent single mum Caroline Wheately was struggled to juggle her personal and work life.

The successful advertising exec had confidence at work but was struggling at home after splitting from her unreliable husband.

In need of some help to raise her son Tom, she hired Charlie as a housekeeper despite some initial concern.

With Charlie's influence she began to take a more relaxed approach to life and the pair eventually became a couple.

Canadian-born actress Diana Weston has been on our screens since 1975, first starring in TV series thriller.

She also had roles in The Sweeney, The Professionals and Bless Me, Father before landing the main role in The Upper Hand.

Once the show came to a close she went on to appear in Jonathan Creek, Casualty, Emmerdale and Doctors.

Diana has a daughter with her ex long-term partner Robert Lindsay and she had a role in his show Mt Family.

Most recently she played Carole Kelly in two episodes of Hollyoaks last year.

Laura West - Honor Blackman

Hollywood royalty Honor Blackman starred as Caroline's glam mum Laura West
Hollywood royalty Honor Blackman starred as Caroline's glam mum Laura West

The Upper Hand bosses must have been absolutely delighted when they secured Honor Blackman on the show.

The legendary actress was already incredibly famous for her sensational role as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger in 1964 opposite Sean Connery.

The Bond Girl, who had also appeared in Shalako and Jason and the Argonauts, was action girl Cathy Gale in The Avengers during the 60s.

She was cast as Caroline's glamorous mother Laura West, who lived in an annex of her daughter's house.

Man-eater Laura dated a string of men throughout the series and wanted Caroline to hire Charlie initially because she fancied him.

However, she did spot the chemistry between her daughter and the housekeeper straight away and pushed for them to get together.

Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore
Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore

Once The Upper Hand came to an end, Honor continued acting in shows such as New Tricks, Hotel Babylon and Casualty.

She appeared in Bridget Jones' Diary and was involved in a Coronation Street storyline about wife swapping in 2004.

Honor also toured her own show, Honor Blackman As Herself, in which she looked back at her life and career.

Sadly, Honor died in April last year at the age of 94, leaving behind two children and four grandchildren.

She passed away peacefully from natural causes at her home in Lewes, Sussex, surrounded by her family.

Joanna Burrows - Kellie Bright

Kellie Bright looks adorable playing Joanna Burrows
Kellie Bright looks adorable playing Joanna Burrows

EastEnders favourite Kellie Bright started off her career as a child actress.

Kellie played Charlie's daughter Joanna Burrows, who moved with her dad because he wanted to give her a better life.

Starting off as a bit of a tomboy who loved football like her day, the outgoing schoolgirl started to change as she became a teenager.

Initially she resented Caroline because she found her to be stuck-up, but she came to appreciate having a female figure while going through puberty.

Actress Kellie Bright was cast in the role of Joanna when she was just 13-years-old.

Kellie Bright has played Linda Carter since 2013
Kellie Bright has played Linda Carter since 2013

Once filming came to and end, Kellie has confessed she struggled to make ends meeting while being out of work.

"I didn't have any acting work, so I got a job waiting on tables to pay the mortgage, but it was while The Upper Hand was still on air," she explained in 2016.

But Kellie's career did get back on track as she got roles in Radio 4's The Archers and in ITV prison drama Bad Girls.

As well as appearing in Holby City, Casualty and Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock and Chips, Kelly won a legion of fans playing Julie in the Ali G Indahouse movie.

Kellie's most well-known role is Queen Vic landlady Linda Carter in EastEnders, which she has appeared in since 2013.

Away from Albert Square, Kellie was the runner-up in Strictly Come Dancing in 2015.

Tom Wheately - William Puttock

Tony Wheately was played by child actor William Puttock
Tony Wheately was played by child actor William Puttock

The Upper Hand was centred around Caroline trying to bring up her cute son Tom Wheately.

Due to his father no longer being in his life, the doting mother did tend to over indulge her son to compensate.

Tom was clearly very smart but struggled to make friends, although he was helped by Charlie who he came to see as a father figure.

Child actor William Puttock played Tom throughout the show's run before going on to star in family comedy The Geeks and an episode of This Is Your Life.

However, not much is known about what William is up to now as he has given up acting and left the showbiz world.