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 11, Episode 7 is repeated on ITV3 today at 11:05pm.

Series 2, Episode 1 - Getting A Grip

Overdue bills lead to the electricity being cut off. Garth has been fighting in school and the central heating is leaking. Roll on two useless plumbers, a pair of female plumbers who botch it up and one who couldn't give a firm time arriving just as the house begins to flood.

Further details

A letter from Garth both worries Tracey and cheers her up, He's been fighting at school, but he is coming home for the holidays. The bills however don't cheer Tracey up, the electricity is overdue and is duly cut off.

Dorien demands that Tracey fixes the overflowing guttering as it is keeping husband Marcus awake at night.

The girls call several plumbers, Grief Stricken, Can't Give A Firm Time, Not Up To It and finally two female plumbers, who finally fix the heating.

After Sharon overhears them assuming that Sharon and Tracey are lesbians, Tracey starts to set them straight and confesses that their husbands are in prison.

Soon after the job is finished the plumbing starts to leak all over the house, just in the nick of time Can't Give A Firm Time turns up to save the day.

Garth sends another letter, he isn't coming home.

Broadcast details

Thursday 6th September 1990
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Pauline Quirke Sharon Theodopolopodous
    Linda Robson Tracey Stubbs
    Lesley Joseph Dorien Green
    Guest cast
    Gordon Winter "Grief Stricken"
    Sam James 'Not Up To It'
    Eve Bland Alison
    Jane Hollowood Gloria
    Nick Kemp 'Firm Time'
    Writing team
    Peter Tilbury Writer
    Production team
    Nic Phillips Director
    Nic Phillips Producer
    Allan McKeown Executive Producer
    Michael Pilsworth Executive Producer
    Kenneth Sharp (as Ken Sharp) Production Designer
    David Snell Composer
    Laurence Marks Creator
    Maurice Gran Creator

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