A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance. Image shows from L to R: Laura Dalton (Judi Dench), Mike Selway (Michael Williams). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

A Fine Romance

Gentle sitcom about the begrudging and at times difficult romance between two rather dull individuals; a translator and a gardener



  • Saturday 1st February 2014, 6:49pm
  • England
  • 18,428 posts

Anyone watched this sitcom? It was on in the 1980s and followed the budding romance between Judi Dench and Michael Williams - a real life husband and wife team.

I enjoyed Michael Williams in Conjugal Rites, so am thinking about checking some of his other work out.



  • Saturday 1st February 2014, 7:00pm [Edited]
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,779 posts

Very, very gentle comedy. Bit twee even for my tastes. But perfectly okay for what it is.


Phoenix Lazarus

  • Saturday 1st February 2014, 7:15pm
  • England
  • 85 posts

I remember it and liked it. Just over thirty years on, it now looks of its time, a very dated feelgood comedy of relationship difficulties, misunderstandings, and mild faux-pas.



  • Saturday 1st February 2014, 7:27pm
  • Australia
  • 5,437 posts

I remember the theme song, well. I remember finding the show rather dull - perhaps because I was unmarried and too young to pretend that I cared about this couple.



  • Saturday 1st February 2014, 7:34pm
  • Wigan, England
  • 327 posts

I remember watching this on a Sunday afternoon. I like warm sitcoms with gentle humour.



  • Sunday 2nd February 2014, 9:34pm
  • Canada
  • 203 posts

Me, too.

Especially those written by Bob Larbey -- Fine Romance, As Time Goes By, On the Up, Hope it Rains, The Good Life, Ever decreasing Circles, Mulberry. (Some of these were collaborations with John Esmonde, of course)

There are others I haven't seen because they're just not available.... dare I say "yet"?
My Good Friend, Down to Earth....


Steve Sunshine

  • Sunday 2nd February 2014, 9:43pm
  • Dagenham, England
  • 14,725 posts

I used to watch this when it was on
Gentle pleasant stuff.

I wouldn't care to revisit any of it though


Mike Selway

  • Tuesday 4th February 2014, 7:15pm [Edited]
  • United States
  • 95 posts

Call me crazy but, I liked the show a little more than ATGB. Thought Michael Williams was brilliant bringing his character to life! He's the reason I picked this user name. Could have watched many more seasons. Have the DVD set.

And yes must give credit to Bob Larbey. The genius behind it all. No coincidence that I'm a "Good Life" fan also. :)


Alfred J Kipper

  • Tuesday 4th February 2014, 9:29pm
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,428 posts

Never had it on as more than background but then it was one of a fair few around in this light romcom vein you used to get, so it sort of wasn't missed that much. Now there are very few of them unless you count Him & Her. Used to like their awkward bumbling encounters. There's always a market for this type of sitcom, mainly a female one, so possibly once the commissioners have got over their long debilitating love in with the stand ups they might get round to doing this type of thing again. Along with some classically funny ones maybe. Who knows? Eh?



  • Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 7:36pm
  • Wakefield, England
  • 431 posts

It's very warm, it's very nice, very gentle, very safe. Anything you'd expect from a RomCom really. Shame we didn't get to see a wedding, as the wedding should have been the final episode imo. Judi Dench played Laura really well, Laura was a bit child like when things didn't go her own way. Mike was a good character liked him and Helen and Phil was good too.

Judi Dench is much better in As Time Goes By and As Time Goes By is a much better show. You're not missing much if you don't watch this though. I thought it was good, but not great.


Alfred J Kipper

  • Thursday 25th February 2021, 12:20am
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,428 posts

I'm finding this quite watchable, now. A lot of it's down to Mike Williams' character and the actor's bumbling style. Was great in Educating Rita.