Birds Of A Feather. Image shows from L to R: Sharon Theodopolopodous (Pauline Quirke), Dorien Green (Lesley Joseph), Tracey Stubbs (Linda Robson). Copyright: Alomo Productions / Retort
Birds Of A Feather

Birds Of A Feather (1989)

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV / BBC One
  • 1989 - 2020
  • 128 episodes (12 series)

Sitcom about mismatched sisters Tracey and Sharon, and their glamorous friend, Dorien. Stars Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph, Charlie Quirke, Samuel James and more.

Birds Of A Feather. Image shows from L to R: Sharon Theodopolopodous (Pauline Quirke), Dorien Green (Lesley Joseph), Tracey Stubbs (Linda Robson). Copyright: Alomo Productions / Retort

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1989 - 2020
Channels
ITV, BBC One
Episodes
128 (12 series), plus 1 highlights specials
Creators
Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
Stars
Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph, Charlie Quirke, Samuel James, David Cardy, Peter Polycarpou, Alun Lewis and more
Writers
Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran, Gary Lawson, John Phelps, Susan Nickson and Micheál Jacob
Directors
Tony Dow, Nick Wood, Dez McCarthy and Martin Dennis
Producers
Jo Willett, Humphrey Barclay, Jon Rolph and Steve Sheen
Companies

Tracey and Sharon may be sisters, but they live very different lives. Tracey has a luxurious mansion with indoor swimming pool in leafy Essex, whilst Sharon resides in a grubby high-rise council flat in Edmonton. But when their husbands, Darryl and Chris, are convicted of armed robbery and sent to prison, the sisters are forced to live together.

They quickly become good - if not begrudging - friends with next-door-neighbour Dorien, whose hobby is cheating on her husband with much younger men. Together, Sharon and Tracey must face the dramas, tragedies, stresses and strains of keeping up with the world, without their husbands to support them.

Years later, the girls have long had done with Chris and Darryl, and financial strife forces to live together once more - now also with Dorien, not to mention Tracey's grown-up sons, Garth and Travis!

Additional details

Also known as
  • BOAF (Acronym)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 16th October 1989 at 8:30pm on BBC One
Next repeats
  1. Series 2, Episode 2: Monday at 5:20pm on Drama
  2. Series 2, Episode 4: Tuesday at 5:20pm on Drama
  3. Series 2, Episode 5: Wednesday at 5:20pm on Drama
  4. Series 2, Episode 6: Thursday at 5:20pm on Drama
  5. Series 2, Episode 7: Friday at 5:20pm on Drama
  6. Series 2, Episode 8: Monday 30th May at 5:20pm on Drama
  7. Series 2, Episode 9: Tuesday 31st May at 5:20pm on Drama
  8. Series 2, Episode 10: Wednesday 1st June at 5:20pm on Drama
  9. Series 1, Episode 6: Thursday 2nd June at 7am on Drama
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • The Prince Charles Cinema (London) - Christmas special 2016 and 2017 screenings.
  • BBC Elstree Centre and Teddington Studios - Original BBC series.
  • The London Studios - Series 10. Location filming from Wednesday 18th September 2013.
  • Pinewood Studios - Series 11 & 12.
  • BBC Elstree Centre - 2020 Christmas special

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