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Butterflies. Image shows from L to R: Ben Parkinson (Geoffrey Palmer), Ria Parkinson (Wendy Craig).

Butterflies

BBC One sitcom about bored housewife Ria Parkinson. 28 episodes (4 series), 1978 - 1983. Stars Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer, Bruce Montague, Nicholas Lyndhurst and others.

Butterflies. Image shows from L to R: Russell Parkinson (Andrew Hall), Ben Parkinson (Geoffrey Palmer), Ria Parkinson (Wendy Craig), Adam Parkinson (Nicholas Lyndhurst).

Butterflies

Sitcom following dissatisfied housewife Ria Parkinson as she considers embarking on an exciting romantic affair with successful businessman Leonard

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1978 - 1983
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
28   (4 series)
Starring
Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer, Bruce Montague, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Andrew Hall, Joyce Windsor, Michael Ripper and Sarah James
Writer
Carla Lane
Directors
John B Hobbs and Sydney Lotterby
Producers
Gareth Gwenlan and Sydney Lotterby

Ria Parkinson is married to Ben, a butterfly-collecting dentist who seems to take her for granted. The pair have two grown-up sons, Adam and Russell, who also take her for granted. Feeling dissatisfied with her life Ria meets Leonard and spends the next few years almost having an affair with the dashing businessman.

Whilst the other Parkinson family members don't recognise anything wrong with Ria or her life, she falls deeper into a world of depressive confusion and indecision with Leonard apparently the sole light at the end of the tunnel. Leonard or Ben? Who knows...

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