A Fine Romance

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  • 1981
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.1  (710)

A Fine Romance is a British television series that aired on BBC Two from 1981 to 1984. The show revolves around the romantic and comedic adventures of a middle-aged couple named Laura and Mike, played by real-life couple Judi Dench and Michael Williams, as they navigate their newly-formed relationship and individual personal and professional lives.

The first season of A Fine Romance sees Laura, a successful book illustrator and recent divorcee, move into a cottage in the country with her best friend and fellow illustrator, Helen, played by Susan Penhaligon. While settling into her new life, Laura meets Mike, a clumsy and charming antique dealer who often clashes with her no-nonsense personality. Despite their differences, the two soon find themselves drawn to each other and begin a tentative courtship, while also coming to terms with their past relationships and respective career aspirations.

The show's subsequent seasons follow Laura and Mike as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship, including disagreements over money and living arrangements, as well as unexpected visits from Mike's ex-wife and Laura's ex-husband. Along the way, they receive advice and support from their friends and family, including Helen, Mike's sister Liz, played by Richard Warwick, and Laura's domineering mother, played by Geraldine Fitzgerald.

At its core, A Fine Romance is a charming and cozy romantic comedy that delights in the everyday minutiae of domestic life. Dench and Williams' real-life chemistry shines through in their on-screen performances, making their characters' love story all the more endearing. The show's picturesque English countryside setting and quaint cottage interiors also add to its cozy charm, as do its witty and relatable dialogue and gentle humor.

Beyond its romantic storyline, A Fine Romance also touches on themes of friendship, family, and personal growth, as its characters grapple with issues like aging, career stagnation, and the difficulties of finding love later in life. The show's warm and optimistic outlook, however, assures viewers that even the most challenging situations can be overcome with a little humor, kindness, and perseverance.

While A Fine Romance may lack the high-stakes drama and elaborate plot twists of some more modern shows, its commitment to character-driven storytelling and relatable themes make it a timeless classic. Its popularity during its initial run and continued availability on streaming platforms like Amazon Prime and BritBox speak to its enduring appeal, as does the fond memories of fans who have watched and rewatched its heartfelt and humorous episodes for decades.

A Fine Romance is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on November 1, 1981.

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Episode 7
7. Episode 7
February 17, 1984
Mike and Laura are stunned about their decision. When the farmhouse slips out of their grasp, the old despair seems poised to take over.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
February 10, 1984
After a happy night together, Laura and Mike inspect a rundown farmhouse Mike's thinking of buying. They both fall in love with it.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
February 3, 1984
Feeling the need to get settled, Laura goes to the flat she once shared with Mike to clear out her belongings. Mike goes when she checks out a flat.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
January 27, 1984
Upset about Mike's girlfriend, Laura goes off to spend the weekend with her parents, hoping they can help her sort out her feelings for Mike.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 20, 1984
Laura approaches Mike about getting back some money she put into their flat. When she visits him, Laura is astonished to meet Mike's new girlfriend.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 13, 1984
While Laura hides from Mike at Helen's house, Mike becomes concerned that Laura may be in trouble in Brussels. He flies to Belgium to check on her.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 6, 1984
Mike's business is flourishing but he hasn't heard a word from Laura since she fled to Brussels. To escape a wealthy Belgian, Laura returns to London.
Where to Watch A Fine Romance
A Fine Romance is available for streaming on the BBC Two website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch A Fine Romance on demand at Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    November 1, 1981
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (710)