|A Fine Romance|
|Created by||Bob Larbey|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Producer(s)||James Cellan Jones
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||London Weekend
|Original run||1 November 1981 – 17 February 1984|
A Fine Romance was 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 seasons; the final episode being broadcast on 17 February 1984.
The series' theme song, a version of the song "A Fine Romance", was performed by Dench.
The series involves Laura Dalton, played by Dench, a single, middle-aged translator who is somewhat socially inept. Her sister Helen, played by Penhaligon, and her husband Phil (Richard Warwick) pair her up with Mike Selway (Williams), a shy landscape gardener. The story follows their awkward romance and insecurities. Bad luck seems to follow them everywhere, from the ferry to Calais to an attempted romantic evening watching television.
Laura constantly dwells on her beautiful sister's fairy-tale marriage while still retaining an attitude of a child, locking herself in cupboards when things do not go her way. Though immature and tending to fly off the handle, she assists Mike in organizing his struggling business, volunteering her time to type his correspondence and do the bookkeeping. Phil and Helen often regret ever bringing the two together, because they are nearly always involved in the couple's squabbles. Overall, however, Mike and Laura find they cannot live without one another, though they are not able to put it into words.
All four series of A Fine Romance have now been released on DVD by Network.