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

Butterflies

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 1978 - 2000
  • 28 episodes (4 series)

Sitcom following dissatisfied housewife Ria Parkinson as she considers embarking on an exciting romantic affair with successful businessman Leonard. Stars Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer, Bruce Montague, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Andrew Hall and more.

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

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1978 - 2000
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
28 (4 series), plus 2 short specials
Stars
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
Companies

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...

Additional details

Production
Studio
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
The theme is Love Is Like A Butterfly, which was originally written and performed by Dolly Parton. This version is sung by British singer Clare Torry with music arranged by Ronnie Hazlehurst.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 10th November 1978 at 9pm on BBC Two
Most recent repeats
  • Wednesday 11th May 2022 at 6:00pm on Drama - Series 2, Christmas Special
  • Tuesday 10th May 2022 at 6:00pm on Drama - Series 4, Episode 5
  • Monday 9th May 2022 at 6:00pm on Drama - Series 4, Episode 4

Recording details

  • Cheltenham

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