1 November 1981
| 7.2/10 |
17 February 1984
| Judi Dench
Jerome Kern and
"A Fine Romance"
Performed by Judi Dench
ITV, London Weekend Television
Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Susan Penhaligon, Richard Warwick
A Fine Romance is a British situation comedy starring husband-and-wife team Judi Dench and Michael Williams. Dench's sister and brother-in-law were played by Susan Penhaligon and Richard Warwick. 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.
A Fine Romance (1981 TV series) Wikipedia
The series involves Laura Dalton, played by Dench, a single, middle-aged translator who is somewhat socially inept. Her glamorous younger sister Helen, played by Penhaligon, who is first seen in Janet Reger lingerie, 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.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)
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)
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)
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)
All four series of A Fine Romance have been released on DVD by Network.