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A Fine Romance - Series 1-4 - Complete [DVD]

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I0QSX0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,830 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A FINE series. 1 Feb 2008
By L. Hill
A Fine Romance ran from 1981 to 1984. Written by "The Good Life" co writer Bob Larby, A Fine Romance follows the growing relationship between two shy middle-aged people. It starred a giant of theatre (but generally at that time, unknown to television) Judi Dench as Laura Dalton, and her real life husband (also better known as a theatre actor) Michael Williams, playing lead male Mike Selway. Supporting the husband and wife duo were Susan Penhaligon, playing Helen Barker, Laura's pretty and exasperatingly happily married younger sister and her husband Phil Barker (actor Richard Warwick).

Laura is plain but clever interpreter, and almost forty. Her sister and husband although well meaning (wanting the same wedded bliss, they have found, for Laura) forcefully introduce her to any of there allegeable male friends. The series opens with Laura talking to her sister while Helen gets ready for a party. Laura well knows another forced introduction is likely to be on the cards. It's only when at the last minute, the intended male friend can't make the party, does Phil invite Landscape gardening, bachelor Mike. Laura is unimpressed, with the bumbling Mike and seeks safety from the attentions of her sister and brother in-law (who continue to push her and Mike together, despite them hardly hitting it off), by hiding in her sister's bedroom. However when Mike stumbles into the same bedroom and they begin talking, they realise they had more in common than they first thought. There situations of being middle aged and single, put them on a even footing and decide to mutually help one another. Unlikely to be able to leave the party alone without either Phil or Helen pouncing on them, Laura and Mike choose to be seen leaving together, and so starts a fine romance...
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift for the in-laws 10 Jan 2009
This is a well written, very well acted series. We now live in the USA and started watching re-runs on PBS but only got the first 2 series, and loved it so much we wanted more.
After the first few episodes of the first series it really warms up and is clever, quick witted and full of endearing querky characters and great storylines. It is a superb testiment to the old way of making good tv, by letting characters develop and storylines to improve, instead of launching a pilot and pulling it before it really has a chance to progress and mature.
It all looks very dated (think 80's) but is wonderfully nostalgic. Judy Dench is excellent, as are all the cast.
We also bought a copy as a Christmas gift for the in-laws and they've loved it more than the first time round when they watched it on tv.
It's popular with us in our early 30's and the older generation too. Good tv is good tv.
Highly recommend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fine romance 18 Dec 2009
An easy watch series that any age can sit down and enjoy. Nice seeing Judy Dench working alongside her late husband.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine DVD Set 22 Dec 2012
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I loved this series when it was shown on TV in the 1980s and have never seen it repeated or for sale on the High Street. Yes, the clothes and sets now seem a little dated (remember it was made 30 years ago!), but good writing and good acting never go out of fashion and this series has both in abundance. So pleased to have found this boxed set on line - I love it as much now as I did when it was first shown. Must also mention amazing service from supplier - order placed late on 20th December and item arrived on 22nd!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars forgotten gem 31 Dec 2009
I had forgotton such a lot about this series as it seems such a long time ago when it was showed on TV! Yes, its dated, yes, it is not always funny (what is?) but it is a gentle comedy that will at least make you smile a lot if you don't laugh out loud!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb sit-com 28 Dec 2009
This is one of the very best sit-coms ever! And the Amazon service is quite exceptional. Good price, fast service. Really excellent.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Memory 28 Oct 2009
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A good "clean-non swearing" comedy that has all the usual "old romance" awkward/misunderstood type situations played with humour that makes you wince/smile/laugh at it and with it-we have all been there at some stage or other.
A bit dated now but the basics are the same - just the decor and clothes that change
The most irratating thing is that the producers have not made a clean "follow on" but have kept the opening/closing titles of each episode
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Fine! 13 July 2014
By Strix
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Fantastic trip down the nostalgia tunnel. I watched 'A Fine Romance' when it was originally released on TV (1981-1984), and I have never seen it repeated on TV since. This was a joy to watch again, and I had forgotten just how great married couple Michael Williams and Judi Dench were in this series. The 'bumbling' Michael Williams is simply fantastic, at times his character made me feel that I wanted to hug him, and it made me feel sad that he is no longer here. Judi Dench's comic timing is outstanding, as always. All the characters are great, and the chemistry is good between them all, they come across as all being good friends. I was sad to learn that Richard Warwick had actually passed away, as I didn't know until I Googled his name after watching this DVD. He was like a breath of fresh air every time he appeared on screen. This series doesn't look particularly dated, and would be enjoyed by people who weren't even born first time around. Buy it, and enjoy brilliant comedy, as it used to be.
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