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Classic TV Comedy: Butterflies – S01 E04 – How About Lunch with Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer,Bruce Montague, Nicholas Lyndhurst

18/11/2018

Butterflies is a British sitcom series written by Carla Lane that was broadcast on BBC2 from 1978 to 1983.

The situation is the day-to-day life of the Parkinson family in a bittersweet style. There are both traditional comedy sources (Ria’s cooking, family squabbles) and more unusual sources such as Ria’s unconsummated relationship with the outwardly-successful Leonard. Ria is still in love with her husband, Ben, and has raised two potentially fine sons, yet finds herself dissatisfied and in need of something more. Throughout the series Ria searches for that “something more” and finds some solace in her unconventional friendship with Leonard. In a 2002 interview, Carla Lane explained, “I wanted to write a comedy about a woman contemplating adultery.

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