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
  • ITV1 / 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.

Episode menu

Series 2, Episode 11 - Love On The Run

When Darryl ends up in hospital, he and the nurse devise a plan for him to escape to spend a night with Tracey. Sharon has a fling with an artist who gives Tracey a surprise welcome home.

Further details

Sharon sneezes on Tracey's lunch, so she will give it to her.

Tracey visits the prison to be greeted by the prison welfare officer, who is surprised to see her. Darryl is in hospital with a burst appendix. Nobody had written or called her to tell her.

The greedy prison officer at the hospital eats most of Darryl's food to test it for drugs, the nurse, Joy, who is friendly with Darryl puts sleeping drugs in it so that Darryl and Tracey can escape for the night.

A man offers to paint a picture of Dalentrace for Sharon, she invites him inside and duly flirts with him, telling him that her husband is dead.

Tracey fakes a phone call about Garth being ill so Sharon won't suspect while she is with Darryl.

Joy brings a birthday cake laced with drugs, the prison officer eats it and falls fast asleep, leaving him free to escape with Tracey.

Sharon spends the evening with Martin the painter.

Darryl is disappointed when he doesn't perform to expectations, but Tracey is just happy to be spending time with her husband. Darryl sets his mind on escaping for good, but Tracey convinces him otherwise.

On the way back to the hospital the taxi is pulled over for speeding, the driver has been drinking behind the wheel. Luckily the don't recognise Darryl. Without a lift they call Sharon, who in turn gets Dorien to pick them up.

They find them behind a bush.

Darryl's stitches burst, the same police as before arrive and give him a lift to hospital. As they arrive back the officer wakes back up to find him gone from bed. As he is wheeled back they accuse him of falling asleep on the job when Darryl needed help.

Arriving home Tracey is greeted by Martin in nothing but a towel.

Broadcast details

Thursday 15th November 1990
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 18th July 2013 2:40pm Drama
Thursday 18th July 2013 7:40pm Drama
Monday 29th July 2013 10:00am Drama
Saturday 10th August 2013 8:00am Drama
Wednesday 25th September 2013 11:35pm Drama
Thursday 26th September 2013 1:50pm Drama
Thursday 26th September 2013 7:40pm Drama
Saturday 2nd November 2013 5:00pm Drama
Sunday 3rd November 2013 1:20am Drama
Sunday 3rd November 2013 12:50pm Drama
Tuesday 17th December 2013 1:50pm Drama
Tuesday 17th December 2013 7:00pm Drama
Wednesday 18th December 2013 1:20am Drama
Wednesday 18th December 2013 4:25am Drama
Tuesday 22nd April 2014 2:00pm Drama
Friday 29th August 2014 2:20pm Drama
Tuesday 20th January 2015 2:20pm Drama
Tuesday 20th January 2015 11:20pm Drama
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 2:20pm Drama
Thursday 4th June 2015 12:20am Drama
Monday 12th October 2015 2:20pm Drama
Monday 12th October 2015 11:20pm Drama
Friday 29th January 2016 2:20pm Drama
Saturday 30th January 2016 1:00am Drama
Tuesday 1st March 2016 6:00pm Drama
Tuesday 1st March 2016 11:20pm Drama
Tuesday 7th June 2016 2:20pm Drama
Monday 17th October 2016 2:20pm Drama
Tuesday 18th October 2016 3:25am Drama
Wednesday 22nd February 2017 2:20pm Drama
Friday 7th July 2017 2:20pm Drama
Saturday 8th July 2017 1:10am Drama
Saturday 8th July 2017 7:00am Drama
Thursday 16th November 2017 2:20pm Drama
Thursday 16th November 2017 11:20pm Drama
Saturday 9th December 2017 9:00am Drama
Sunday 10th December 2017 3:10am Drama
Thursday 5th April 2018 11:20pm Drama
Thursday 24th January 2019 5:20pm Drama
Friday 25th January 2019 3:10am Drama
Monday 10th June 2019 5:20pm Drama
Wednesday 20th May 2020 5:20pm Drama
Thursday 12th November 2020 7:15am Drama
Tuesday 20th April 2021 7:10am Drama
Wednesday 21st April 2021 3:15am Drama
Tuesday 29th June 2021 5:20pm Drama
Saturday 16th October 2021 9:40am Drama
Monday 6th June 2022 5:20pm Drama
Tuesday 11th April 2023 7:25am Drama
Thursday 22nd June 2023 3:30am Drama

Cast & crew

Pauline Quirke Sharon Theodopolopodous
Linda Robson Tracey Stubbs
Lesley Joseph Dorien Green
Alun Lewis Darryl Stubbs
Guest cast
Carol MacReady Mrs. Simmons
Lloyd McGuire Policeman
Jo Martin Joy
Ronan Vibert Martin
James Warrior Minicab Driver
Neil McCaul Patrolman
Writing team
Laurence Marks Writer
Maurice Gran Writer
Production team
Charlie Hanson Director
Nic Phillips Series Producer
Allan McKeown Executive Producer
Michael Pilsworth Executive Producer
Phil Moss Editor
Kenneth Sharp (as Ken Sharp) Production Designer
John Hubbard Casting Director
Susie Parriss Casting Director
Alison Munro Costume Designer
Bill Lee Lighting Designer
David Snell Composer
David MacDonald 1st Assistant Director
Steve Hellaby Dubbing Editor

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