PART OF London Weekend Television’s late eighties foray into upmarket drama (see POIROT and, er, COME HOME CHARLIE AND FACE THEM), for one brief series THE CHARMER became to SPITTING IMAGE what the FOOTBALL RESULTS were to DR WHO. As such all that most viewers knew about the programme was that it featured a steam train and a rendition of the Cole Porter classic ‘You’re The Top’. For those who tuned in a bit earlier though there was an opportunity to enjoy NIGEL “LATIMER” HAVERS combining suave and menace in a resolutely CLIVE OWEN-beating style. Never had a panama hat and cravat been combined in such devastating fashion – even FIONA FULLERTON failed to be immune to the Have’s charms. The programme’s opening title sequence employed that 1930s look so beloved of British telly drama in the late 80s (take a bow JEEVES AND WOOSTER) and hence became symbolic of the foppish sensibilities underpinning demographically focused British dramas of the era.