Ria, a happily married suburban housewife, reaches the age where she feels as if life is passing her by. Being taken for granted by her butterfly collecting dentist husband doesn't help. So... See full summary »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Wendy Craig ...  Ria Parkinson 28 episodes, 1978-1983
Geoffrey Palmer ...  Ben Parkinson 28 episodes, 1978-1983
Bruce Montague ...  Leonard Dunn 28 episodes, 1978-1983
Nicholas Lyndhurst ...  Adam Parkinson 28 episodes, 1978-1983
Andrew Hall ...  Russell Parkinson 28 episodes, 1978-1983
Joyce Windsor Joyce Windsor ...  Ruby 26 episodes, 1978-1983
Michael Ripper ...  Thomas 19 episodes, 1978-1983
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Ria, a happily married suburban housewife, reaches the age where she feels as if life is passing her by. Being taken for granted by her butterfly collecting dentist husband doesn't help. So, when the opportunity for an affair comes up she tries to decide whether she loves her husband enough to be faithful to him. Written by Dave Smith <dave@stat.colostate.edu>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Perhosia See more »

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Runtime:

(28 episodes)

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the first series, Ben is said to be 48 years old; Geoffrey Palmer was actually 51 at that time. Ria's age is not specifically mentioned, but she worries about having looked like 50 - ten years before she should; Wendy Craig was 44. Leonard has a birthday in the first series and turns 45; Bruce Montague was 39. See more »

Quotes

Ria Parkinson: You never were very romantic, were you.
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Referenced in What We Were Watching...: Christmas 1988 (2018) See more »

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Adagio in G minor
Written by Tomaso Albinoni
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A glistening gem among the sitcoms.
23 July 2000 | by mcwill-2See all my reviews

Far superior to the majority of sitcoms, "Butterflies" is a gentle, subtle, elegant delight. It tells the story of Ria (Wendy Craig) - a middle aged housewife with a family who becomes friends with a loveable, self-indulgent businessman but cannot take the relationship any further due to her loyalty to her husband. Much of the programme deals with her dreamy, wistful nature which results in a few overcooked meals. The acting by the three leads is superb. Geoffrey Palmers conservative manner and appearance maker him perfect as Ria's conventional dentist husband and Wendy Craig's charm and grace make 'Ria' especially sympathetic. Sometimes philosophical, sometimes poetic, "Butterflies" should be adored by a discerning audience.


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