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  • An Empty Cage

    Before Nicholas Lyndhurst hit the big time as the nation's favourite plonker, he played the feckless Adam here. He shocks his father by announcing he's got a job.

  • An Empty Cage

    Before Nicholas Lyndhurst hit the big time as the nation's favourite plonker, he played the feckless Adam here. He shocks his father by announcing he's got a job.

  • Ruby's Crisis

    'Bread' creator Carla Lane's earlier sitcom with Wendy Craig as the housewife and mother who is a terrible cook. Ria's usually unflappable char, Ruby, suffers a crisis.

  • Pregnancy

    King of the sitcom Geoffrey Palmer adds another classic show to his scrapbook with this slice of domestic fun. Russell announces that his girlfriend Jeannie is pregnant.

  • Pregnancy

    King of the sitcom Geoffrey Palmer adds another classic show to his scrapbook with this slice of domestic fun. Russell announces that his girlfriend Jeannie is pregnant.

  • Problems, Problems

    Carla Lane's classic sitcom with a brilliant cast including Nicholas Lyndhurst and Geoffrey Palmer. Ben is ill, Adam loses his job and Russell gets gloomy too.

  • Happy Birthday, Ria

    The brilliant, emotional sitcom from Carla Lane, which made a star of a certain Rodders. A day out in London becomes very complicated for Ria.

  • Gimme Shelter

    More fun with the frustrated housewife who seeks romance in her local park. Ria is delighted to meet up with an old school friend, but things soon turn nasty.

  • Gimme Shelter

    More fun with the frustrated housewife who seeks romance in her local park. Ria is delighted to meet up with an old school friend, but things soon turn nasty.

  • Parting

    Carla Lane's classic sitcom with a romantic tinge. Leonard invites Ria to his flat before he leaves for New York. Poor old Geoffrey Palmer! Don't do it, Wendy!

  • Parting

    Carla Lane's classic sitcom with a romantic tinge. Leonard invites Ria to his flat before he leaves for New York. Poor old Geoffrey Palmer! Don't do it, Wendy!

  • Back From New York

    The fourth series begins for Carla Lane's bittersweet comedy packed with sitcom legends. Possible lover Leonard is back from New York. Ria gets a letter from him.

  • Amanda

    The classic sitcom that teams Wendy Craig with comedy legend Geoffrey Palmer. An old flame of Ben's pays a visit. How will Ria react now the boot's on the other foot?

  • Pot

    Carla Lane's bittersweet sitcom. When Ben and Ria return from Paris, they discover the mice have been at play. Watch out for a very young Rodders (Nicholas Lyndhurst).

  • Cleaning Windows

    Suburban sitcom from the mighty pen of Carla Lane. The boys take on a window cleaning round, but will they be able to handle the pressure?

  • Calling

    Carla Lane's fondly-remembered suburban sitcom with an extremely young looking Rodders from 'Only Fools'. Poor Russell gets the brush off from his girlfriend Jeannie.

  • Breaking Up

    Carla Lane's extremely bittersweet suburban sitcom. The boys start their window cleaning round. And, sadly, Ria and Leonard call it a day.

  • Loose Ends

    The classic suburban sitcom with the lovely Wendy Craig. Ria bumps into Leonard who begs her to let him see her again. Will she be tempted?

  • When Ria Met Leonard

    The very first episode of the great family sitcom, which made a star of Nicholas Lyndhurst. A dull husband and two odd sons drive wife Ria to look for romance.

  • Breaking the Silence

    The classic family sitcom with Geoffrey Palmer and a young Nicholas Lyndhurst. Ben and Russell talk after a year of silence. Ria lies to Leonard about her age.

  • Thinking About A Job

    Carla 'Liver Birds' Lane's sitcom which made a star of a future 'Rodders'. Ria reaches a point where she must break away to be herself, and decides to get a job.

  • How About Lunch?

    The family sitcom starring Wendy Craig as the hopeless cook and disenchanted wife and mother. Leonard wants Ria to spend his birthday with him.

  • The Lovers

    The classic sitcom which made a star of Nicholas Lyndhurst. Leonard still wants someone to celebrate his birthday with. Ria wants excitement. And Ben wants nothing much!

  • He'll Have To Go

    The ever-youthful Wendy Craig stars in Carla Lane's hugely popular bittersweet sitcom. Ria decides her life is an untidy drawer which must be tidied up.

  • Leaving

    Before 'Bread', queen of sitcom Carla Lane created this hilarious family with its funny little foibles. Everyone feels the effects when Adam's girlfriend leaves him.

  • Leaving

    Before 'Bread', queen of sitcom Carla Lane created this hilarious family with its funny little foibles. Everyone feels the effects when Adam's girlfriend leaves him.

  • Fox Hunting

    Liver Birds creator Carla Lane's bittersweet sitcom following a 'will they, won't they?' affair. Ria is outraged by the apparent cruelty of a fox hunt, and goes activist.

  • Worrying

    Comedy stalwart Geoffrey Palmer teams up with Wendy Craig for the popular family sitcom. Ben believes that the stresses imposed by family life have damaged his health.

  • A Dog's Life

    Wendy Craig stars in the classic sitcom. When Ria nearly runs over a dog, she spends five minutes lecturing the bewildered beast on the Highway Code.

  • Keeping Fit

    The family comedy from the genius of emotional sitcom, Carla Lane. Ria joins a keep-fit class but regrets her decision straight away. Jane Fonda has a lot to answer for!

  • An Attractive Visitor

    Wendy Craig and Geoffrey Palmer star in the emotional family sitcom. Ria has cause for regret when she invites an attractive, unattached female to stay.

  • Lunch With Leonard

    Emotional comedy from Carla Lane, who went on to write 'Bread'. A mysterious phonecall from Leonard leads to lunch and some bad news for Ria.

Episode guide

Butterflies

Butterflies

  • Butterflies

    A Christmas special of Carla Lane's sitcom from 1979.

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Butterflies

Series 1

Butterflies

  • How About Lunch?

    The family sitcom starring Wendy Craig as the hopeless cook and disenchanted wife and mother. Leonard wants Ria to spend his birthday with him.

  • Thinking About A Job

    Carla 'Liver Birds' Lane's sitcom which made a star of a future 'Rodders'. Ria reaches a point where she must break away to be herself, and decides to get a job.

  • Breaking the Silence

    The classic family sitcom with Geoffrey Palmer and a young Nicholas Lyndhurst. Ben and Russell talk after a year of silence. Ria lies to Leonard about her age.

  • When Ria Met Leonard

    The very first episode of the great family sitcom, which made a star of Nicholas Lyndhurst. A dull husband and two odd sons drive wife Ria to look for romance.

  • He'll Have To Go

    The ever-youthful Wendy Craig stars in Carla Lane's hugely popular bittersweet sitcom. Ria decides her life is an untidy drawer which must be tidied up.

  • The Lovers

    The classic sitcom which made a star of Nicholas Lyndhurst. Leonard still wants someone to celebrate his birthday with. Ria wants excitement. And Ben wants nothing much!

Butterflies

Series 2

Butterflies

  • A Dog's Life

    Wendy Craig stars in the classic sitcom. When Ria nearly runs over a dog, she spends five minutes lecturing the bewildered beast on the Highway Code.

  • Worrying

    Comedy stalwart Geoffrey Palmer teams up with Wendy Craig for the popular family sitcom. Ben believes that the stresses imposed by family life have damaged his health.

  • Fox Hunting

    Liver Birds creator Carla Lane's bittersweet sitcom following a 'will they, won't they?' affair. Ria is outraged by the apparent cruelty of a fox hunt, and goes activist.

  • Leaving

    Before 'Bread', queen of sitcom Carla Lane created this hilarious family with its funny little foibles. Everyone feels the effects when Adam's girlfriend leaves him.

  • Keeping Fit

    The family comedy from the genius of emotional sitcom, Carla Lane. Ria joins a keep-fit class but regrets her decision straight away. Jane Fonda has a lot to answer for!

  • An Attractive Visitor

    Wendy Craig and Geoffrey Palmer star in the emotional family sitcom. Ria has cause for regret when she invites an attractive, unattached female to stay.

  • Lunch With Leonard

    Emotional comedy from Carla Lane, who went on to write 'Bread'. A mysterious phonecall from Leonard leads to lunch and some bad news for Ria.

Butterflies

Series 3

Butterflies

  • An Empty Cage

    Before Nicholas Lyndhurst hit the big time as the nation's favourite plonker, he played the feckless Adam here. He shocks his father by announcing he's got a job.

  • Ruby's Crisis

    'Bread' creator Carla Lane's earlier sitcom with Wendy Craig as the housewife and mother who is a terrible cook. Ria's usually unflappable char, Ruby, suffers a crisis.

  • Pregnancy

    King of the sitcom Geoffrey Palmer adds another classic show to his scrapbook with this slice of domestic fun. Russell announces that his girlfriend Jeannie is pregnant.

  • Problems, Problems

    Carla Lane's classic sitcom with a brilliant cast including Nicholas Lyndhurst and Geoffrey Palmer. Ben is ill, Adam loses his job and Russell gets gloomy too.

  • Happy Birthday, Ria

    The brilliant, emotional sitcom from Carla Lane, which made a star of a certain Rodders. A day out in London becomes very complicated for Ria.

  • Gimme Shelter

    More fun with the frustrated housewife who seeks romance in her local park. Ria is delighted to meet up with an old school friend, but things soon turn nasty.

  • Parting

    Carla Lane's classic sitcom with a romantic tinge. Leonard invites Ria to his flat before he leaves for New York. Poor old Geoffrey Palmer! Don't do it, Wendy!

Butterflies

Series 4

Butterflies

  • Back From New York

    The fourth series begins for Carla Lane's bittersweet comedy packed with sitcom legends. Possible lover Leonard is back from New York. Ria gets a letter from him.

  • Amanda

    The classic sitcom that teams Wendy Craig with comedy legend Geoffrey Palmer. An old flame of Ben's pays a visit. How will Ria react now the boot's on the other foot?

  • Pot

    Carla Lane's bittersweet sitcom. When Ben and Ria return from Paris, they discover the mice have been at play. Watch out for a very young Rodders (Nicholas Lyndhurst).

  • Cleaning Windows

    Suburban sitcom from the mighty pen of Carla Lane. The boys take on a window cleaning round, but will they be able to handle the pressure?

  • Calling

    Carla Lane's fondly-remembered suburban sitcom with an extremely young looking Rodders from 'Only Fools'. Poor Russell gets the brush off from his girlfriend Jeannie.

  • Breaking Up

    Carla Lane's extremely bittersweet suburban sitcom. The boys start their window cleaning round. And, sadly, Ria and Leonard call it a day.

  • Loose Ends

    The classic suburban sitcom with the lovely Wendy Craig. Ria bumps into Leonard who begs her to let him see her again. Will she be tempted?