A Fine Romance

This show follows the relationship of Laura (Judi Dench) and Mike (Michael Williams), who get together as a result of Laura's sister Helen's matchmaking. The two are an unlikely pair, with Laura being stubborn and bossy, and Mike being sweet yet oblivious, but they have a spark that captured their own hearts and those of many television viewers in the 1980s.

BBC Two
4 Seasons, 26 Episodes
November 1, 1981
Comedy
7.2/10
Cast: Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Susan Penhaligon, Richard Warwick
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A Fine Romance
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A Fine Romance Full Episode Guide

  • Mike and Laura are stunned about their decision. When the farmhouse slips out of their grasp, the old despair seems poised to take over.

  • After a happy night together, Laura and Mike inspect a rundown farmhouse Mike's thinking of buying. They both fall in love with it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Laura and Mike are seriously at odds because they disagree about starting a family. After a soggy confrontation, Laura makes a bold decision.

  • Mike struggles at work with deciding how young is "too young" and how old is "too old." Laura drops the baby bomb.

  • Mike struggles to run the business single-handedly. While lending support to her pregnant sister, Laura thinks about having a family, too.

  • 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.

  • Mike is put on the spot when Laura's parents come to meet him and to celebrate Helen's news. True to form, Mike makes an "unusual" first impression.

  • Mike gets jealous after Laura accepts a job at a weekend conference. She decides to bring him along on the condition that they pretend to be married.

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