Trouble at the Top
Witty, and very stylish . the most enjoyable thing Ive seen in a long while Robert Thirkell
Millionaire seeks love and happiness
Chester Dent's film offers a rare insight into the personal life of a self-made millionaire. Hey Jo is ostensibly about the business enterprise of opening a new private member's club in London's Mayfair district, but the film takes an abrupt turn towards the corrupting influence of money upon trust, love and the pursuit of happiness itself.
Former market trader 'barrow-boy' Dave West decides to open a private member's club in the heart of London's exclusive Mayfair district. He decides to name the club after his girlfriend Jo, nearly forty years his junior, and sets about creating a new image for himself.
Dave feels his new wealth has separated him from his old friends in Essex, and finds it hard to trust the motives of new ones. Hoping to attract similarly weathy people as prospective members for his club, he rents a yacht in Monaco for the Formula One Grand Prix weekend. But tensions start to rise when Jo asks two of the female guests to leave...
The film was first aired in the UK on Tuesday February 8th at 9.50pm on BBC2. It was seen by an estimated 1.9 million viewers, above average for the series, and despite almost zero publicity. The ratings also showed that the audience for the film increased significantly after 10pm at a time when the total television audience is declining rapidly.
The last ever Trouble
It was the last ever film to be shown in the Trouble at the Top series, in its ninth season, and one of the BBC's best known brands. It was the Trouble to end all Troubles.
"Outstanding must-see TV...
An entertaining portrait of an eccentric optimist"
Nigel Andrews, Mail on Sunday
"Fresh and funny...
"Less about business and more about character"
" reveals how lonely it can be at the top... "