A Fine Romance (1981)

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A Fine Romance which starred real-life married couple Judi Dench and Michael Williams is about two middle-aged people who are terribly shy and who fall in love. Their courtship is a rocky one as both characters are set in their ways and are tired of the rules of dating. A Fine Romance is British comedy at its most delicious, never over-the-top, and with a cast of Britain's finest actors.

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Episode Description

1

First Meeting

Ambushed once again by Helen and Phil, her matchmaking sister and brother-in-law, Laura escapes from the party after being introduced to Mike. Mike, trying to flee from Laura, chooses the same hiding place.

2

Different Answers

The day after the party, Helen and Phil get conflicting accounts when they check in with the presumed lovebirds. The effort to get their stories straight gives Laura and Mike an excuse for an excursion.

3

The Party

Mike is ready to jump at another party invitation, but when Laura refuses to go along he invites her out to dinner instead. His attempts to impress her go over the top when Laura loses a contact lens on the restaurant carpet.

4

Unlucky in Love

A new romance buds for Laura, but gets nipped when she discovers the attractive man she met on a business trip to Brussels is already over-committed. Mike's work also leads to a romantic disappointment that is coincidentally related to Laura's.

5

How to Avoid Bankruptcy

When Laura realizes Mike's business is failing, she sets out to help him shore up his capital and his morale. Mike winds up rescuing the business himself without exactly coming up a winner.

6

Keep them Apart

Mike's van, and where he can park it for the night in Laura's neighborhood, gets in the way of moving their relationship to a higher plane. Sensing the stall, Helen and Phil decide they need to help Mike and Laura move on.

7

Thorns Among Roses

Laura's insecurity mars the couple's first morning together. After seeing Mike with an attractive lunch date, Laura becomes jealous and seeks the company of a neurotic family friend who sticks to her like glue.
Episode Description

1

A Helping Hand

Laura's efforts to dig up new customers for Mike's gardening business are too successful. Instead of thanking her, Mike gets angry and insists she learn more about the business

2

A Visit to the Dentist

To combat her terror of the dentist, Laura is given sedatives that leave her light-headed and flirtatious. Her behaviour towards Mike results in a comic misunderstanding that threatens to worsen an already awkward situation after Helen asks them to house-sit when she and Phil go to Dieppe

3

Was That a Proposal?

Both Helen and Laura announce good news prematurely. Mike thinks he and Laura should buy a larger flat so that they can live more comfortably.

4

The Dinner Engagement

Mike gets jealous when a business associate of Laura's appears to have more than business in mind. Helen takes over Mike's office work, but she proves too glamorous for the job.

5

Lunch in Boulogne

One Sunday, Laura longs for an adventure, but one after another her schemes fall flat. Then Harry arrives and suggests they all go out to dinner - in France.

6

Cause for Celebration?

In the process of furnishing their new shared flat, Mike learns how little faith Laura has in their future together. As Mike and Laura reach a new low in their relationship, Phil and Helen arrive with good news.
Episode Description

1

The Hotel

Mike gets jealous after Laura accepts a job at a weekend conference. Laura decides to bring him along on the condition that they pretend to be married. Trouble ensues when Mike meets other would-be spouses.

2

Missing

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

3

The Dinner Party

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. They frantically prepare dinner between visits to the hospital.

4

Business Problems

While Charlie convalesces, Mike struggles to run the business single-handedly but refuses to replace Charlie with someone younger. While lending moral support to her pregnant sister, Laura finds herself thinking about having a family too.

5

Parenthood

Mike struggles at work when he cannot decide between two applicants for the job of assistant, a porn film-star and an over-qualified personnel manager. Laura drops the baby bomb.

6

Extreme Measures

Laura and Mike are seriously at odds because they disagree about starting a family. After an all-out, soggy confrontation, Laura makes a bold decision.
Episode Description

1

The Telephone Call

Mike's gardening business is flourishing but he hasn't heard a word from Laura since she fled to Brussels. To escape the attentions of a wealthy Belgian, Laura returns to London, but she can't bring herself to talk to Mike.

2

In Hiding

While Laura hides from Mike at Helen's house, Mike becomes concerned that Laura may be in trouble in Brussels. Before Laura can stop him, he flies off to Belgium to check on her.

3

Mike's New Girlfriend

Laura decides to approach Mike about getting back some of the money she put into their flat. When she visits him, Laura is astonished to meet Elaine, Mike's sexy new girlfriend.

4

A Weekend Away

Upset about Mike's new girlfriend, Laura goes off to spend the weekend with her parents, hoping they can help her sort out her feelings for Mike. Mike and Elaine quarrel about Laura.

5

Problems

Feeling the need to get settled on her own again, Laura goes to the flat she once shared with Mike to clear out her belongings. Mike goes along when she checks out a new flat, but he feels very strongly that it is not right for Laura.

6

A Romantic Meal

After a happy night together, Laura and Mike inspect a rundown farmhouse which Mike is thinking of buying. They both fall in love with it. Mike says he wants Laura to live there with him, but Laura misunderstands what he means.

7

Happy Ever After?

Mike and Laura are more stunned than thrilled about their decision, and the fuss Laura's family makes doesn't help. When the farmhouse slips out of their grasp, the old despair seems poised to take over.