Butterflies (1978)

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Creator: Carla Lane
  • First Air Date: 1978-11-10
  • Last Air Date: 1983-10-19
  • Total Seasons: 4
  • Total Episodes: 28
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 30 min.
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Networks: BBC Two
star 7/10
From 15 Ratings


Ria Parkinson is a bored housewife and mother. She spends her time daydreaming, and meets regularly with wealthy businessman Leonard to relieve the monotony. Husband Ben, a dentist and avid butterfly collector is oblivious to it all, and her unemployed grown up sons, who both live at home also have other things on their minds, especially girlfriends.


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Butterflies Seasons

Season 0

First Air Date: 2000-11-17
2 Episodes

Season 1

First Air Date: 1978-11-10
6 Episodes

Season 2

First Air Date: 1979-10-26
8 Episodes

Season 3

First Air Date: 1980-09-09
7 Episodes

Season 4

First Air Date: 1983-09-07
7 Episodes

Butterflies Episodes

Title Air Date Duration
Season 1Episode 1When Ria Met Leonard30 min
Season 1Episode 2Breaking the Silence30 min
Season 1Episode 3Thinking About a Job30 min
Season 1Episode 4How About Lunch?30 min
Season 1Episode 5The Lovers30 min
Season 1Episode 6He'll Have to Go30 min
Season 2Episode 1Leaving30 min
Season 2Episode 2Fox Hunting30 min
Season 2Episode 3Worrying30 min
Season 2Episode 4A Dog's Life30 min
Season 2Episode 5Keeping Fit30 min
Season 2Episode 6An Attractive Visitor30 min
Season 2Episode 7Lunch with Leonard30 min
Season 2Episode 8Christmas with the Parkinsons30 min
Season 3Episode 1An Empty Cage30 min
Season 3Episode 2Ruby's Crisis30 min
Season 3Episode 3Pregnancy30 min
Season 3Episode 4Problems, Problems30 min
Season 3Episode 5Happy Birthday, Ria30 min
Season 3Episode 6Gimme Shelter30 min
Season 3Episode 7Parting30 min
Season 4Episode 1Back from New York30 min
Season 4Episode 2Amanda30 min
Season 4Episode 3Pot30 min
Season 4Episode 4Cleaning Windows30 min
Season 4Episode 5Calling30 min
Season 4Episode 6Breaking Up30 min
Season 4Episode 7Loose Ends30 min
  • Wendy Craig

    as Ria Parkinson
  • Geoffrey Palmer

    as Ben Parkinson
  • Nicholas Lyndhurst

    as Adam Parkinson
  • Andrew Hall

    as Russell Parkinson
  • Bruce Montague

    as Leonard Dunn
  • Michael Ripper

    as Thomas
  • Joyce Windsor

    as Ruby
  • Brian Murphy

  • Patrick McAlinney

  • Cindy Oswin