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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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English

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10 November 1978 (UK) See more »

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Perhosia See more »

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(28 episodes)

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Andrew Hall (Russell) (born in 1954) is 7 years older than Nicholas Lyndhurst (Adam) (born in 1961), but in the series their ages are only a couple years apart - both are approximately 18-20 years old. See more »

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Ben Parkinson: The world it seems is moving on. Progress they call it.
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Adagio in G minor
Written by Tomaso Albinoni
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Very funny, low key comedy
14 February 2003 | by geordie87See all my reviews

This is one of the most subtle comedies to come out of the UK. Not as brash or slapstick as a lot of others. Lots of character development, especially the lead, Ria, played by Wendy Craig. Every middle aged woman I know that has seen Butterflies relates to the frustrations that Wendy portrays so well, not just the stale marriage and longing for romantic adventure, but also the idea of being a stay-at-home "kept woman". The extra kicker is that she isn't even a good housewife. Lousy cook etc. Luckily, her long suffering husband has learned to cope with her, keeping his head down, and advising his sons to "act normally" as they listen to Ria's frustrations pour out. The whole supporting cast was so well chosen, from Ria's erstwhile lover to the house cleaner who takes the sons girly books home for her husband to read. Brilliant writing and direction. Not to be missed by anyone over 40.


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