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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4 | 3 | 2 | 1

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1983 | 1980 | 1979 | 1978
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Wendy Craig ...
 Ria / ... (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Ben / ... (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
Bruce Montague ...
 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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Ben Parkinson: Must we have all these things blaring at us - I start every day in a state of deep shock.
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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 (Sydney, Australia) – See 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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