A Fine Romance
A Fine Romance is a British situation comedy starring husband-and-wife team Judi Dench and Michael Williams. Dench's sister was played by Susan Penhaligon. It was produced by London Weekend Television and written by Bob Larbey. It was first broadcast on 8 November 1981. It lasted for 26 episodes over four series; the final episode being broadcast on 17 February 1984. The series takes its name from a song in the 1936 film Swing Time, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, which Dench recorded as the theme music. The series was nominated for nine BAFTA British Academy Television Awards and a winner of two, both for Dench's performance in 1982 and 1985.
Where to Watch A Fine Romance
Below you'll find every episode from all 4 season of A Fine Romance.
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S01 E01Nov 1, 1981
First Meeting Ambushed once again by Helen and Phil, her matchmaking sister and brother-in-law, Laura escapes from the party after being introduced to Mike. Mike, trying to flee from Laura, chooses the same hiding place.
S01 E02Nov 8, 1981
Different Answers The day after the party, Helen and Phil get conflicting accounts when they check in with the presumed lovebirds. The effort to get their stories straight gives Laura and Mike an excuse for an excursion.
S01 E03Nov 15, 1981
The Restaurant Mike is ready to jump at another party invitation, but when Laura refuses to go along he invites her out to dinner instead. His attempts to impress her go over the top when Laura loses a contact lens on the restaurant carpet.
S01 E04Nov 22, 1981
Unlucky in Love A new romance buds for Laura, but gets nipped when she discovers the attractive man she met on a business trip to Brussels is already over-committed. Mike's work also leads to a romantic disappointment that is coincidentally related to Laura's.
S01 E05Nov 29, 1981
How to Avoid Bankruptcy When Laura realizes Mike's business is failing, she sets out to help him shore up his capital and his morale. Mike winds up rescuing the business himself without exactly coming up a winner.
S01 E06Dec 6, 1981
Playing Games Mike's van, and where he can park it for the night in Laura's neighborhood, gets in the way of moving their relationship to a higher plane. Sensing the stall, Helen and Phil decide they need to help Mike and Laura move on.
S01 E07Dec 13, 1981
Episode Seven Laura's insecurity mars the couple's first morning together. After seeing Mike with an attractive lunch date, Laura becomes jealous and seeks the company of a neurotic family friend who sticks to her like glue.
S02 E01Jan 17, 1982
Episode Eight Laura's efforts to dig up new customers for Mike's gardening business are too successful. Instead of thanking her, Mike gets angry and insists she learn more about the business
S02 E02Jan 24, 1982
Episode Nine To combat her terror of the dentist, Laura is given sedatives that leave her light-headed and flirtatious. Her behaviour towards Mike results in a comic misunderstanding that threatens to worsen an already awkward situation after Helen asks them to house-sit when she and Phil go to Dieppe
S02 E03Jan 31, 1982
Episode Ten Both Helen and Laura announce good news prematurely. Mike thinks he and Laura should buy a larger flat so that they can live more comfortably.
S02 E04Feb 7, 1982
Episode Eleven Mike gets jealous when a business associate of Laura's appears to have more than business in mind. Helen takes over Mike's office work, but she proves too glamorous for the job.
S02 E05Feb 14, 1982
Episode Twelve One Sunday, Laura longs for an adventure, but one after another her schemes fall flat. Then Harry arrives and suggests they all go out to dinner - in France.
S02 E06Feb 21, 1982
Episode Thirteen In the process of furnishing their new shared flat, Mike learns how little faith Laura has in their future together. As Mike and Laura reach a new low in their relationship, Phil and Helen arrive with good news.