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'Butterflies' was one of writer Carla Lane's best sitcoms, along with 'Bread' and 'The Liver Birds'. Wendy Craig plays the scatterbrained, unhappy housewife, and a candidate for worst cook in the world, Ria Parkinson. Geoffrey Palmer plays butterfly collecting dentist husband Ben - possibly the most miserable character seen in a TV comedy until 'One Foot In The Grave' and Victor Meldrew. Ben is tormented by his two sons lack of respect and laziness. Nicholas Lyndhurst plays the impossibly thin son Adam, and Andrew Hall plays smug elder brother Russell. Ria is tired of the family squabbling, and daydreams about a romance with her suave male friend, Leonard (Bruce Montague). 'Butterflies' ran for four series, from 1978 until 1983, on the BBC.
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