Butterflies made in 1978-1983 was written by Carla Lane. It is a bitter sweet comedy about Ria Parkinson (Wendy Craig) a bored housewife, living in Cheltenham with her butterfly collecting dentist husband Ben (Geoffrey Palmer) and two grown sons Russell (Andrew Hall) and Adam (pre - only fools and horses Nicholas Lyndhurst).
Ria although happily married, feels her life is passing her by, locked in her suburban prison, her only occupation being never ending house work. Being taken for granted by both her husband and sons, when Ria meets by chance, the captivating Leonard Dunn (Bruce Montague) in a local café , it's a question of does Ria love Ben enough to remain faithful to him ?
After reading the above you might be mistaken in thinking that butterflies is heavy going, or full of lies and adultery...its neither! Its highly watch able, truly funny and above all, clever (something that seems to be missing from most modern sitcoms!).
Ok I'll be honest it's not your laugh out loud a minute comedy, it's subtle and more real. The characters don't do sitcom acting or reactions, they keep it grounded which adds to the realistic feel of Butterflies. As you watch you are genuinely torn along with Ria, swapping allegiance between Ben and Leonard, and caught up in the everyday stupidity of family life. I thoroughly enjoyed watching butterflies despite being unsure if it was going to be my kind of program. Butterflies deals with the question of being faithful to your spouse. Its not going to be light and fluffy, but a meaty program, which you can get your teeth into and chew over !