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


  • 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.

  • Series 1, Episode 1 repeated Saturday at 7:25pm on BBC2

Key cast & crew credits

Wendy Craig Ria Parkinson
Geoffrey Palmer Ben Parkinson
Bruce Montague Leonard Dunn
Nicholas Lyndhurst Adam Parkinson
Andrew Hall Russell Parkinson
Joyce Windsor Ruby
Michael Ripper Thomas
Sarah James Jeannie (Series 3-4)
Writing team
Carla Lane Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director (Series 3-4)
Gareth Gwenlan Director (Series 1)
Gareth Gwenlan Producer (Series 1-2)
Sydney Lotterby Producer (Series 3-4)
Ian McKendrick Editor (Series 1)
Glenn Hyde Editor (Series 2)
Jesse Palmer (as Jess Palmer) Editor (Series 3)
Monica Mead Editor (Series 4)
Garry Freeman Production Designer (Series 1)
Ian Rawnsley Production Designer (Series 2)
Tim Gleeson Production Designer (Series 3)
Janet Budden Production Designer (Series 4)
Verity Lewis Costume Designer (Series 1 & 4)
Mary Woods Costume Designer (Series 2)
Barbara Kronig Costume Designer (Series 3)
Pauline Cox Make-up Designer (Series 2)
Carolyn Perry Make-up Designer (Series 3)
Shaunna Harrison Make-up Designer (Series 4)
Sid Sutton Graphics (Series 1-3)
Marc Ortmans Graphics (Series 4)
John B Hobbs Production Assistant (Series 1-2)

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