Butterflies (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... See full summary »

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1983   1980   1979   1978  
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 Ria / ... (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Ben / ... (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Leonard / ... (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Adam / ... (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
Andrew Hall ...
 Russell / ... (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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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10 November 1978 (UK)  »

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Perhosia  »

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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: Oh yes of course, I'd forgotten. Once we're over 40 we're too old to have actual emotions. Our hormones pack up and go leaving our mouths making mindless, hysterical noises.
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Featured in 50 Greatest Families (2008) See more »

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Adagio in G minor
Written by Tomaso Albinoni
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Low-key but delightful comedy as only the British can produce.
20 November 2003 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

This delightful series boasts a first-rate cast and original scripts. Principally from Ria's (the housewife) point of view, this low-key and often whistful comedy shows a mid-life crisis as it not only affects her, but those around her. The laughs come from reality-based comedy situations, and from self- or situation-recognition. I don't think there's a single disappointment here.


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