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 8, Episode 4 is repeated on Drama today at 5:20pm.

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
    Phil Moss Editor
    Steve Hellaby Editor
    Kenneth Sharp (as Ken Sharp) Production Designer
    David Snell Composer
    Laurence Marks Creator
    Maurice Gran Creator

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