Butterflies - Series 1
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|Runtime||3 hours and 1 minute|
|Publication date||12 July 2005|
Geoffrey Palmer (As Time Goes By, Mrs. Brown) and Wendy Craig (The Forsyte Saga) star in one of the most popular BBC sitcoms ever. She is an everyday housewife bored beyond endurance with her life. Married to a dour dentist who collects butterflies obsessively and the mother of two teenage sons whose chief occupation is bickering with their father, Ria Parkinson wants something more. Or is it someone more? When she meets a wealthy businessman who tries to woo her, she struggles to find out. As seen on public television.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 19.69 x 14.61 x 1.35 cm; 68.04 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : Relay Time: 181 min
- Media Format : Color, NTSC, Full Screen
- Run time : 3 hours and 1 minute
- Release date : 12 July 2005
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Unqualified
- Studio : Acorn Media
- ASIN : B0009KA7E0
- Number of discs : 1
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Today, Butterflies is a refreshing antidote to the loud, coarse sitcoms that pass for comedy on TV these days. It is instead reflective, philosophical, intelligent.
As much drama as comedy, it is also often very touching and real.
What it would have been without Wendy Craig in the role of Ria is hard to say, but I doubt anybody could imagine it done better. She can express so much with a wry smile or a raised eyebrow. Her memorable ineptitude in all things culinary is a constant source of amusement, but it's never silly, like it so easily could've been.
Also worthy of mention are the rest of the family: gruff Ben the dentist and the youths-in-tight-jeans who strangely (this is never explained) don't seem to have gone to University.
This first series is pretty good. The second is even better. Both DVDs have the same minimal information about the cast and a short interview with Carla Lane. The transfer brings back all the washed-out colour you expected in those days. Perhaps it wasn't our televisions...