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 Ria Parkinson (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Ben Parkinson (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Leonard Dunn (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Adam Parkinson (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Russell Parkinson (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
Joyce Windsor ...
 Ruby (26 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 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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At the beginning of the fourth and final series, Ria and Ben have been married for 23 years. See more »

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Ben Parkinson: The world it seems is moving on. Progress they call it.
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: The Liver Birds (2008) See more »

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Adagio in G minor
Written by Tomaso Albinoni
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Good..but not exactly a "comedy"
27 December 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

"Butterflies" bears the unfortunate label of being a "gentle" British comedy..which is something of a misnomer. Dramedy, if that word still exists, would fit the bill better. Gentle, yes, so don't tune in expecting gut-busters or you will be sorely disappointed. Instead, smiles (not guffaws) come from how relatable the characters are and how well underplayed they are. The main storyline (Ria is bored with her marriage and her life; should she succumb to the excitement of an extramarital affair?) won't appeal to everyone but if you enjoy following character development week after week and have an attention span that meets or exceeds 25 minutes, you may well enjoy "Butterflies". In addition to the wonderfully wry Wendy Craig the cast includes "As Time Goes By" favorite/britcom perennial Geoffrey Palmer.


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