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Fine Romance, A

BEST DESCRIBED as MAY TO DECEMBER minus that programme’s calendar-themed-age-difference twist. A FINE ROMANCE featured real-life couple JACKANORY’s JUDI DENCH and MICHAEL “LOOKS LIKE A BED-WETTER” WILLIAMS playing a pair of nice, middle-class bachelor/ettes who gradually get it together. The epitome of nice sitcommery of the type that mums enjoy and insist on getting to watch via the tactic of describing it as “my programme” and “the only thing that I want to watch on telly all week”. About the most raucous thing that would happen in any given episode was the slightly grating theme tune that we reckon was sung by Dench herself. It had the smell of Sunday evenings and that was where it was shown, until the last year when it went out on Fridays instead – a terrible piece of scheduling that must have been done after Grade left LWT.



  1. Joanne Gray

    February 13, 2017 at 12:45 am

    I remember it was scheduled on Sundays before The Professionals because my father worked nights and we had to set the timer on the video – and we always got the last couple of seconds plus that interminable theme song before we could get to the fast forward button (in the dark days before video machines and most tellies had remote controls) because ITV always seemed to be a few minutes behind weekend evenings.

  2. THX 1139

    July 3, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    You know that famous song phrase, “You say pot-ay-to and nobody says pot-ah-to”? Well, Judi Dench did when she sang the theme tune for A Fine Romance. “You’re as cold as yesterday’s mashed pot-ah-to!”

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