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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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10 November 1978 (UK) See more »

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Perhosia See more »

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(28 episodes)

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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 »

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Ria Parkinson: You never were very romantic, were you.
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Featured 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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enjoyed a "cult" of its own?
3 March 2004 | by footsperrySee all my reviews

Once you read through all the viewers' comments, you can see that "Butterflies" had a devoted crop of followers who found this show fresh, gentle, involving and - funny. Even today I think back fondly for that show. I watched each week, and I was so grateful for each of these wonderful characters. Geoffrey Palmer was remarkable in playing what I would think a difficult role (makes me think of the husband's part in "Iris," or a couple of the husbands in "Enchanted April"). Ria's character was of course the center, and I appreciated her situation - even sympathized with her, for I was in her kind of spot when I got hooked on the series.

"Butterflies" showed real people making sense of their lives. I loved it!


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