History Series / Butterflies

6th May '16 1:27:44 AM AgProv
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* RomanticComedy: Ria's search for validation and a sense of romance, first in her marriage to Ben and second in her almost-affair with Leonard.
5th May '16 4:02:21 PM AgProv
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The situation is the day-to-day life of the Parkinsons, a typical upper-middle-class British family living in what was taken to be a smart suburb of London[[note]]it was actually the upscale town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire - more UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry - but a ''very'' affluent piece of[[/note]], presented in a tragicomic and somewhat bittersweet style. There are both traditional comedy sources (Ria's cooking, family squabbles) and more unusual sources such as Ria's mid-life crisis which has her teetering on the brink of an affair with Leonard, a somewhat more romantic and dashing man than her dour dentist husband. This unconsummated relationship with the outwardly-successful Leonard drives the plot. Ria is still in love with her husband, Ben, and has raised two generally well-adjusted but lazy 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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The situation is the day-to-day life of the Parkinsons, a typical upper-middle-class British family living in what was taken to be a smart suburb of London[[note]]it was actually the upscale town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire - more UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry - but a ''very'' affluent piece of[[/note]], presented in a tragicomic and somewhat bittersweet style. There are both traditional comedy sources (Ria's cooking, family squabbles) and more unusual sources such as Ria's mid-life crisis which has her teetering on the brink of an affair with Leonard, a somewhat more romantic and dashing man than her dour dentist husband. This unconsummated relationship with the outwardly-successful Leonard drives the plot. Ria is still in love with her husband, Ben, and has raised two generally well-adjusted but lazy 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.[[{{Adultery}} adultery]]."



* UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry: the Parkinsons live in affluent Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, a town used extensively for location filming and not explicitly revealed InUniverse until the very last episode. Most viewers asumed it was [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London]].

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* UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry: the Parkinsons live in affluent Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, a town used extensively for location filming and not explicitly revealed InUniverse until the very last episode. Most viewers asumed assumed it was [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London]].
5th May '16 4:00:25 PM AgProv
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* UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry: the Parkinsons live in affluent Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, a town used extensively for location filming and not explicitly revealed InUniverse until the very last episode. Most viewers asumed it was {{BritainIsOnlyLondon London]].

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* UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry: the Parkinsons live in affluent Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, a town used extensively for location filming and not explicitly revealed InUniverse until the very last episode. Most viewers asumed it was {{BritainIsOnlyLondon [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London]].
5th May '16 3:59:57 PM AgProv
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* TwoDecadesBehind: one decade behind in this case: sons Adam and Russell and their 1960's slang and jargon, jarring in the 1970's. They were still hippies when punk rock was just beginning.

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* TwoDecadesBehind: one decade behind in this case: sons Adam and Russell and their 1960's slang and jargon, jarring in the 1970's. They were still hippies when punk rock was just beginning.beginning.
* UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry: the Parkinsons live in affluent Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, a town used extensively for location filming and not explicitly revealed InUniverse until the very last episode. Most viewers asumed it was {{BritainIsOnlyLondon London]].
5th May '16 3:57:43 PM AgProv
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* StandardisedSitcomHousing: The [=BBC=]'s deluxe version, the Affluent Suburbian Detached House, gets an outing here denoting this is a family headed by an extremely well-paid professional (Ben Parkinson is a dentist in private practice. In London.)

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* StandardisedSitcomHousing: The [=BBC=]'s deluxe version, the Affluent Suburbian Detached House, gets an outing here denoting this is a family headed by an extremely well-paid professional (Ben Parkinson is a dentist in private practice. In London.socially exclusive Cheltenham.)
5th May '16 3:56:05 PM AgProv
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* DrugsAreBad: subverted when after Ria gives Adam and Russell the lecture on cannabis use, she tries it out for herself and realises it's quite nice...
5th May '16 3:28:52 PM AgProv
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The situation is the day-to-day life of the Parkinsons, a typical upper-middle-class British family living in what was taken to be a smart suburb of London[[note]]it was actually the upscale town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire - more UsefulNotes/WestCountry - but a vey affluent piece of[[/note]], presented in a tragicomic and somewhat bittersweet style. There are both traditional comedy sources (Ria's cooking, family squabbles) and more unusual sources such as Ria's mid-life crisis which has her teetering on the brink of an affair with Leonard, a somewhat more romantic and dashing man than her dour dentist husband. This unconsummated relationship with the outwardly-successful Leonard drives the plot. Ria is still in love with her husband, Ben, and has raised two generally well-adjusted but lazy 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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The situation is the day-to-day life of the Parkinsons, a typical upper-middle-class British family living in what was taken to be a smart suburb of London[[note]]it was actually the upscale town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire - more UsefulNotes/WestCountry UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry - but a vey ''very'' affluent piece of[[/note]], presented in a tragicomic and somewhat bittersweet style. There are both traditional comedy sources (Ria's cooking, family squabbles) and more unusual sources such as Ria's mid-life crisis which has her teetering on the brink of an affair with Leonard, a somewhat more romantic and dashing man than her dour dentist husband. This unconsummated relationship with the outwardly-successful Leonard drives the plot. Ria is still in love with her husband, Ben, and has raised two generally well-adjusted but lazy 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."



* TheStoic: Ben parkinson. Often to the point where ria wonders what she could possibly do or say to provoke any sort of a response.

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* TheStoic: Ben parkinson. Parkinson. Often to the point where ria Ria wonders what she could possibly do or say to provoke any sort of a response.
5th May '16 3:27:02 PM AgProv
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The situation is the day-to-day life of the Parkinsons, a typical upper-middle-class British family living in a smart suburb of London, presented in a tragicomic and somewhat bittersweet style. There are both traditional comedy sources (Ria's cooking, family squabbles) and more unusual sources such as Ria's mid-life crisis which has her teetering on the brink of an affair with Leonard, a somewhat more romantic and dashing man than her dour dentist husband. This unconsummated relationship with the outwardly-successful Leonard drives the plot. Ria is still in love with her husband, Ben, and has raised two generally well-adjusted but lazy 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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The situation is the day-to-day life of the Parkinsons, a typical upper-middle-class British family living in what was taken to be a smart suburb of London, London[[note]]it was actually the upscale town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire - more UsefulNotes/WestCountry - but a vey affluent piece of[[/note]], presented in a tragicomic and somewhat bittersweet style. There are both traditional comedy sources (Ria's cooking, family squabbles) and more unusual sources such as Ria's mid-life crisis which has her teetering on the brink of an affair with Leonard, a somewhat more romantic and dashing man than her dour dentist husband. This unconsummated relationship with the outwardly-successful Leonard drives the plot. Ria is still in love with her husband, Ben, and has raised two generally well-adjusted but lazy 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."
5th May '16 3:09:14 PM AgProv
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* TheStoic: Ben parkinson. Often to the point where ria wonders what she could possibly do or say to provoke any sort of a response.
5th May '16 3:06:39 PM AgProv
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* DomCom: a more genteel British sort.



* DomCom: a more genteel British sort.

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* DomCom: a more genteel British sort.ExpositoryThemeTune: the Music/DollyParton song used as the theme neatly sets out the premis of the show.



* Creator/DollyParton: she wrote the theme song but did not perform the version used in the show.

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* Creator/DollyParton: Music/DollyParton: she wrote the theme song but did not perform the version used in the show.
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