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.

Series 2, Episode 13 - Parting

Sharon is ignoring Chris and accuses him of lying about being ill in a desperate plea for attention, until she gets a call from the prison. Chris has a tumour. Will Sharon change her mind about leaving him and changing her surname?

Further details

Sharon is ignoring Chris, despite his constant letters from prison. Tracey tells her she needs to sort her life out.

When she eventually visits Chris, Sharon tells him that she won't divorce him, but that she doesn't want to see him again. Chris pleads with her then reveals that he is ill. Sharon doesn't believe him and accuses him of trying it on.

Sharon plans to change her surname, Minogue and Bond are two suggestions, but Tracey isn't impressed as everyone else believes that Chris is ill.

Sharon gets a phone call from the prison, Chris has a malignant tumour and has being rushed to hospital. Tracey tells her she should have listened.

Dorien offers to drive her to the hospital. Sharon doesn't know if she wants to go, Dorien tells her she will regret it if she doesn't.

At the hospital Chris is getting ready to go in for surgery. Sharon and Chris remember the past, until Chris tells her about a one night stand by mistake, he thought it was Sharon.

Sharon feels trapped now that Chris is ill as everyone will expect her to act like the loving wife again.

The surgery is a success and Chris is expected to make a full recovery.

Chris mocks Sharon when she tells him she is trying out a different surname each day, she doesn't want a Greek one. When the nurse comes in to tell her visiting time is over she calls Sharon by a Greek surname, leaving Chris in hysterics.

Broadcast details

Thursday 29th November 1990
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Pauline Quirke Sharon Theodopolopodous
Linda Robson Tracey Stubbs
Lesley Joseph Dorien Green
Peter Polycarpou Chris Theodopolopodous
Alun Lewis Darryl Stubbs
Guest cast
Stanford Calaman Prison Officer
Phil Atkinson Policeman
Doon Mackichan Nurse
Writing team
Gary Lawson Writer
John Phelps Writer
Production team
Nic Phillips Director
Nic Phillips Producer
Allan McKeown Executive Producer
Michael Pilsworth Executive Producer
Laurence Marks Creator
Maurice Gran Creator

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