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.
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S01 E01Nov 1, 1981
First Meeting Nov 1, 1981 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 Nov 8, 1981 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 Nov 15, 1981 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 Nov 22, 1981 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 Nov 29, 1981 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 Dec 6, 1981 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 Dec 13, 1981 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 Jan 17, 1982 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 Jan 24, 1982 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 Jan 31, 1982 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 Feb 7, 1982 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 Feb 14, 1982 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 Feb 21, 1982 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.
S03 E01Nov 4, 1983
The Hotel Nov 4, 1983 Mike accompanies Laura on a business trip. When they arrive at the hotel, Laura tells Mike that she has booked their reservation as Mr. and Mrs. Selway.
S03 E02Nov 11, 1983
Episode Fifteen Nov 11, 1983 Mike is put on the spot when Laura's parents come to meet him and to celebrate Helen's good news.True to form, Mike makes an ""unusual"" first impression.
S03 E03Nov 18, 1983
Episode Sixteen Nov 18, 1983 Laura's plans for a small dinner party get interrupted when Charlie, Mike's assistant, takes ill and calls on Mike and Laura for help.They frantically prepare dinner between visits to the hospital.
S03 E04Nov 25, 1983
Episode Seventeen Nov 25, 1983 While Charlie convalesces, Mike struggles to run the business single-handedly but refuses to replace Charlie with someone younger.While lending moral support to her pregnant sister, Laura finds herself thinking about having a family too.
S03 E05Dec 2, 1983
Parenthood Dec 2, 1983 Mike prepares to interview applicants for a new landscaping assistant to replace Charlie. Helen and Phil are setting up a nursery. Laura decides that she too would like a baby, but the problem is Mike doesn't.
S04 E01Jan 6, 1984
Episode Nineteen Jan 6, 1984 Mike's gardening business is flourishing but he hasn't heard a word from Laura since she fled to Brussels. To escape the attentions of a wealthy Belgian, Laura returns to London, but she can't bring herself to talk to Mike.
S04 E02Jan 13, 1984
Episode Twenty Jan 13, 1984 While Laura hides from Mike at Helen's house, Mike becomes concerned that Laura may be in trouble in Brussels. Before Laura can stop him, he flies off to Belgium to check on her.
S04 E03Jan 20, 1984
Episode Twenty One Jan 20, 1984 Laura decides to approach Mike about getting back some of the money she put into their flat. When she visits him, Laura is astonished to meet Elaine, Mike's sexy new girlfriend.
S04 E04Jan 27, 1984
Episode Twenty Two Jan 27, 1984 Upset about Mike's new girlfriend, Laura goes off to spend the weekend with her parents, hoping they can help her sort out her feelings for Mike. Mike and Elaine quarrel about Laura.
S04 E05Feb 3, 1984
Episode Twenty Three Feb 3, 1984 Feeling the need to get settled on her own again, Laura goes to the flat she once shared with Mike to clear out her belongings. Mike goes along when she checks out a new flat, but he feels very strongly that it is not right for Laura.
S04 E06Feb 10, 1984
Episode Twenty Four Feb 10, 1984 After a happy night together, Laura and Mike inspect a rundown farmhouse which Mike is thinking of buying. They both fall in love with it. Mike says he wants Laura to live there with him, but Laura misunderstands what he means.