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Caroline Fairchild returns to work as an Editorial Director for Oasis Publishing after spending the last 25 years raising her five children. Her husband, Donald Fairchild works for ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Penelope Keith ...  Caroline Fielding 19 episodes, 1986-1988
Harry Ditson ...  Edgar Frankland / ... 17 episodes, 1986-1988
Elizabeth Counsell ...  Anthea Duxbury 17 episodes, 1986-1988
Mark Caven ...  Anthony 16 episodes, 1986-1988
Peter Bowles ...  Donald Fairchild 12 episodes, 1987-1988


Caroline Fairchild returns to work as an Editorial Director for Oasis Publishing after spending the last 25 years raising her five children. Her husband, Donald Fairchild works for Gingsberg, also a publishing house. Oasis buys out Ginsberg and now Caroline and Donald are working for the same company. But, Oasis has a rule that doesn't allow married couples to work together. Since Caroline applied for the job under her maiden name Fielding, she decides not to quit her new job. Instead Donald and Caroline must pretend not to know one another in order for them to continue on with their careers. Written by Chessica Moon

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2 October 1986 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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(19 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Funny, clever, suspenseful, and underrated. A must-see!
6 January 2000 | by JohnnyOldSoulSee all my reviews

Penelope Keith is absolutely delicous as Caroline Fielding Fairchild, a woman who wants to return to the publishing world after spending her best years raising her family and taking care of her husband, Donald.

Over the course of the series, we see Caroline and Donald try to keep the secret of their marriage from their co-workers, and the writers continually found original ways to get the characters out of scrapes. Donald's continual refusal of the advances of the lovely Angela Duxbury leads to raised eyebrows and the most comic of complications.

I first saw this series when it was still quite new (I was only about 10 at the time) but it continues to be one of my favourites. As I've gotten older and experienced a bit of the business world, I see just how accurate the series was in portraying the soap opera world of the rat race. If you have a chance to see this hillarious and delightful series, don't miss it!

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