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. 127 episodes (12 series), 1989 - 2017. Stars Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph, Charlie Quirke and others.

Series 1, Episode 1 is repeated on Drama on Monday 23rd December at 7:10am.

Series 1, Episode 5 - Cheat

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.

Further details

Sharon clashes with the job centre over lack of success finding work.

Tracey is angry when her new GP refuses to prescribe her more anti depressants after her old GP is struck off for over prescribing.

Sharon returns to her flat to find Stan running a dodgy business, using the flat as his headquarters. He persuades her to sell counterfeit Rolling Stones t-shirts at concerts.

Tracey's accountant suggests faking orders in order to sell Darryl's conservatory business, much to Tracey's annoyance.

Dorien takes a shine to Tracey's accountant Ranjith, she asks her to take Luke to a function so that she can dance with him without Marcus suspecting anything. Dorien cancels Luke and arranges for Ranjith to attend instead.

When Dorien feigns illness to sneak off with Ranjith, Tracey and Marcus are left alone. Marcus tries it on leading Tracey to throw a drink over him.

After a successful night selling t-shirts, Stan and Sharon are in a Chinese restaurant when a customer runs out without paying.

As Sharon tries to sign on, she is cautioned for benefit fraud, only to realise the fraud officer is the same woman who made off without paying at the Chinese.

Broadcast details

Monday 13th November 1989
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Pauline Quirke Sharon Theodopolopodous
    Linda Robson Tracey Stubbs
    Lesley Joseph Dorien Green
    Guest cast
    Nickolas Grace Marcus
    Gordon Warnecke Ranjith
    Max Kane Actor
    Michele Winstanley (as Michelle Winstanley) Actor
    Clare Clifford Actor
    Lucy Sheen Actor
    Daryl Kwan Actor
    Michael Hobbs Actor
    Writing team
    Laurence Marks Writer
    Maurice Gran Writer
    Production team
    Tony Dow Director
    Esta Charkham Producer
    Allan McKeown Executive Producer

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