Butterflies: Series One
with the age old adage of time passing us all by so quickly and what to
do when we are trying to spice it all up. Ria and Ben Parkinson have
been married for many years and their life has been fairly dull and
unfulfilling until Ria meets a businessman in secret for excitement.
Despite the fact that there is really nothing untoward in the
relationship, they are just friends, we find that Ria feels guilt over
what has been happening and the exploration of self begins.
I guess one of the
main questions that revolves around this series is will Ria ultimately
have an affair? Both Ben and Ria otherwise live vicariously through the
actions of their children and one can almost understand the predicament
that they find themselves in.The only really tough call is that the
acting, plot and everything is quite dated, making it truly only
something that someone who lived through that time period might find
amusing unlike gems such as As Time Goes By and To The Manor Born which
are timeless through very clever scripting.
Audio and Video is
surprising good on this transfer with the audio being a mono mix in
Dolby. There are a few video artifacts but nothing too pressing to
really complain about.
Production Notes, Filmographies and an interesting interview with writer
Carla Lane who goes into more detail about the series and what the
general thinking was behind it all. This was done fairly recently and
despite the fact that Butterflies never really takes off, she does drop
some nice tips about the show and also the title as although Ben
collects butterflies, there's more to it than that. Unfortunately I'd
have to say rent this one and work out if you'll ever watch it again
before throwing good money down.