The Upper Hand


Programme Catalogue - Details: The Cleaning Lady19900412

First broadcast on 1989-12-12

Producer: B.


Previous in series: THE SOLICITOR


SBH:Dylan Winter meets the Ladies and their employers.

PRE:Employers: cleaner a `treasure' etc.; rather frightened of her.

Felt guilty beforehand - but not now house is clean.

Squaring one's feminist principles.

Advertising stories - how they secured their ladies: German lesbians, Irish, etc.

Their idiosyncracies.


with cleaner (says `Flash' is best for cleaning up).

Man: cleaner is in complete control - cleans up before she comes; knows all your secrets.

What they do while she's there - gardening etc.

Can't just sit on the sofa because of the guilt.

Never sacked a lady - in fact the other way round.

Cleaner: wished she stayed at school & learnt something - just has to swallow her pride.


Broadcast history

12 Dec 1989 20:30-20:45 (RADIO 4)

12 Apr 1990 09:45-10:00 (RADIO 4)


Dylan Winter (int)

Notes: CAIRS 398330.

Programme Catalogue - Details: The Garage Mechanic19900405

First broadcast on 1989-11-28

Producer: B.


Next in series: THE SOLICITOR

Previous in series: DENTISTS


SBH:Series in which Dylan Winter meets people who offer their services and yet still retain the upper hand over their customers.

The Garage Mechanic: what happened when he took his car to be serviced.


with other customers.


Winter & mechanic diagnosing problem on his car.

Customers' opinions: like mechanics because they can help; they overcharge; in their hands, etc.

telephone call advising what needs to be done.

They negotiate a discount.

Being charged 360 pounds - only paid 400 for the car in the first place.

Banter about charges.

OTN:TBM945/89MT3371 TXN/TDT:R4 28-Nov-1989 CON:WINTER Dylan (spkr)

Broadcast history

28 Nov 1989 20:30-20:45 (RADIO 4)

05 Apr 1990 09:45-10:00 (RADIO 4)


Dylan Winter (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 352887.