The Full Wiki

A Fine Romance (TV series): Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Fine Romance
A fine romance.jpg
Series titles
Genre Sitcom
Created by Bob Larbey
Starring Judi Dench
Michael Williams
Susan Penhaligon
Richard Warwick
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 26
Producer(s) James Cellan Jones
Graham Evans
Don Leaver
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel London Weekend Television
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 was nominated for nine BAFTA British Academy Television Awards and a winner of two, both for Dench's performance in 1982 and 1985.

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.



Series One (1981)

  • 1.1. First Meeting (1 November 1981)
  • 1.2. Different Answers (8 November 1981)
  • 1.3. The Restaurant (15 November 1981)
  • 1.4. Unlucky In Love (22 November 1981)
  • 1.5. How To Avoid Bankruptcy (29 November 1981)
  • 1.6. Keep Them Apart (6 December 1981)
  • 1.7. Playing Games (13 December 1981)

Series Two (1982)

  • 2.1. A Helping Hand (17 January 1982)
  • 2.2. A Trip To The Dentist (24 January 1982)
  • 2.3. Was That A Proposal? (31 January 1982)
  • 2.4. The New Secretary (7 February 1982)
  • 2.5. Boulogne (14 February 1982)
  • 2.6. Furniture (21 February 1982)

Series Three (1983)

  • 3.1. Missing (4 November 1983)
  • 3.2. The Hotel (11 November 1983)
  • 3.3. The Dinner Party (18 November 1983)
  • 3.4. Business Problems (25 November 1983)
  • 3.5. Parenthood (2 December 1983)
  • 3.6. Extreme Measures (9 December 1983)

Series Four (1984)

  • 4.1. The Telephone Call (6 January 1984)
  • 4.2. In Hiding (13 January 1984)
  • 4.3. Mike's New Girlfriend (20 January 1984)
  • 4.4. A Weekend Away (27 January 1984)
  • 4.5. Problems (3 February 1984)
  • 4.6. A Romantic Meal (10 February 1984)
  • 4.7. Happy Ever After? (17 February 1984)

DVD releases

All four series of A Fine Romance have now been released on DVD by Network.

External links


Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address