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Butterflies Reunion Special (2000)

Thirteen years after the original series, the 'Butterflies' cast reunite for a reunion special.

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Special reunion episode made for the BBC's Children in Need telethon. The story revolves around Rea having reached her 60th birthday, and she wonders what life would have been like if she had done things differently. Written by Dave Smith <ds20@cant.ac.uk>

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5 February 2001 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

Nearly twenty years after the original series finished, the classic British sit-com 'Butterflies' was finally brought back to the television screen...but all too briefly! Presented as part of the BBC TV's 'Children in Need' charity telethon in November 2000, the original 'Butterflies' cast reunited for one night only (apart from Michael Ripper who had died earlier in the year). Viewers learnt that wonderful wife and mother Wendy Craig (as Ria Parkinson) was still dissatisfied with marriage to her long-suffering husband, played by Geoffrey Palmer, and enjoying discreet meetings with her secret paramour, Leonard. After all those years the show still worked wonderfully and Carla Lane's writing was as sharp and funny as ever. It was a crying shame that the one-off special lasted for only 15 short minutes. It proved, beyond doubt, that 'Butterflies' is ripe for a return to the screen in a brand new series. More please!


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