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Butterflies – Series Two


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: B-



Butterflies – Series Two continues the struggle between old-fashioned father (Geoffrey Palmer) and his more liberal two sons (Andrew Hall & Nicholas Lyndhurst) and wife (Wendy Craig), as their conflicts and unhappiness wear on with very amusing results.  The boys are still part of the counterculture and their mother Ria is still trying to find a better tomorrow for herself in all this.  Then there is Leonard (Bruce Montague) who she was interested in, but still has not abandoned her family life for.  Will this change?


Acorn Media has issued eight more (untitled) episodes for the second season/series in a show that continues to be as smart and funny as it began.  Thankfully, the laugh track is therefore not as prominent.  Oh, and the mother’s cooking is still bad.  The teleplays do not wear the cast, situations or material thin, so unless you get bored with those, you will still be laughing or at least be amused by the shows.  To the shows credit, it takes its time to develop the characters in a way most sitcoms from either side of the Atlantic do not.  No wonder it continues to be so enjoyable.


The 1.33 X 1 full frame image is from the PAL analog video it was shot on and the source material looks good for its age, despite softness here and there.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 is a stereo boosted from the original broadcast monophonic sound that sounds good despite more compression here and there, and the theme song is a variation of Dolly Parton’s hit Love Is like A Butterfly with Claire Terry.  Rock fans know her for her vocal contributions to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.  Extras are less this time, repeating the last set’s text biographies of the cast and text notes.  Start with the first series, then move on to this one for best impact.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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