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 (1989)

ITV and BBC One sitcom about three friends living in Essex. 128 episodes (12 series), 1989 - 2020. Stars Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph, Charlie Quirke and others.

Returns for new special in December.
Series 4, Episode 6 is repeated on Drama today at 7:15am.

Series 1

1. Nicked

First broadcast: Monday 16th October 1989

Sharon is poor with a low-life husband, her sister Tracey lives the high life in a luxury house, but when their husbands are sent to prison for armed robbery they are forced to live together, next to Chigwell's most vivacious socialite.

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2. Just Visiting

First broadcast: Monday 23rd October 1989

With their husbands locked up, Tracey is depressed while Sharon couldn't be happier. Tracey and Darryl's son turns up playing truant from boarding school, unaware of his dad's situation. When Sharon lets slip, he destroys Tracey's belongings. Meanwhile in prison, tension is mounting between Chris and Darryl.

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3. Shift

First broadcast: Monday 30th October 1989

Tracey misses Darryl, Sharon doesn't miss Chris and goes out on the pull. That's not before she gets her job back and loses it in the same day. An expensive shopping trip with Dorien gives Tracey a wake up call and the police raid the house looking for evidence from a raid.

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4. Women's Troubles

First broadcast: Monday 6th November 1989

Sharon and Dave are officially a couple. Tracey thinks she's pregnant, leading Dorien to set her up with her gynaecologist. It turns out to be a false alarm. Sharon on the other hand receives some surprising news, but it isn't great timing.

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5. Cheat

First broadcast: Monday 13th November 1989

Tracey's frustrations get worse when her GP refuses her anti depressants. Dorien takes a shine to Tracey's accountant while Sharon starts selling dodgy Rolling Stones merchandise. When a fraud officer questions her, Sharon recognises her as a customer who did a runner at a Chinese restaurant.

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6. Substitute

First broadcast: Monday 20th November 1989

Sharon is refusing to see Chris and considers divorce. Tracey is smitten with Dorien's hunky celebrity lodger and is furious when she receives a letter written by Darryl to another woman, though it isn't as it seems.

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Christmas Special: Sailing

First broadcast: Tuesday 26th December 1989

Miserable at the prospect of her first Christmas without Darryl, Tracey is over the moon when two cruise tickets arrive. That is until Garth calls to say he won't be home. She refuses to go at all, but Sharon and Dorien have a devious plan.

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