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.

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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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 19th July 2013 2:40pm Drama
Friday 19th July 2013 7:40pm Drama
Wednesday 31st July 2013 10:00am Drama
Friday 27th September 2013 12:50am Drama
Friday 27th September 2013 1:50pm Drama
Friday 27th September 2013 7:40pm Drama
Saturday 9th November 2013 4:20pm Drama
Sunday 10th November 2013 12:10pm Drama
Thursday 19th December 2013 1:50pm Yesterday
Thursday 19th December 2013 7:00pm Yesterday
Friday 20th December 2013 3:35am Yesterday
Thursday 24th April 2014 2:00pm Drama
Friday 25th April 2014 12:20am Drama
Tuesday 2nd September 2014 2:20pm Drama
Thursday 22nd January 2015 2:20pm Drama
Thursday 22nd January 2015 11:20pm Drama
Friday 5th June 2015 2:20pm Drama
Friday 5th June 2015 11:00pm Drama
Monday 8th June 2015 2:20pm Drama
Tuesday 9th June 2015 2:30am Drama
Wednesday 14th October 2015 2:20pm Drama
Wednesday 14th October 2015 11:15pm Drama
Monday 1st February 2016 2:20pm Drama
Tuesday 2nd February 2016 1:00am Drama
Thursday 3rd March 2016 6:00pm Drama
Thursday 3rd March 2016 11:20pm Drama
Thursday 9th June 2016 2:20pm Drama
Wednesday 19th October 2016 2:20pm Drama
Thursday 20th October 2016 3:20am Drama
Friday 24th February 2017 2:20pm Drama
Tuesday 11th July 2017 2:20pm Drama
Wednesday 12th July 2017 12:40am Drama
Monday 20th November 2017 2:20pm Drama
Monday 20th November 2017 11:20pm Drama
Saturday 9th December 2017 10:20am Drama
Monday 9th April 2018 11:20pm Drama
Monday 28th January 2019 5:25pm Drama
Tuesday 29th January 2019 3:20am Drama
Wednesday 12th June 2019 5:20pm Drama
Wednesday 27th May 2020 5:20pm Drama
Friday 13th November 2020 7:15am Drama
Wednesday 21st April 2021 7:15am Drama
Thursday 1st July 2021 5:20pm Drama
Saturday 23rd October 2021 7:10am Drama
Thursday 13th April 2023 7:20am Drama
Saturday 24th June 2023 3:15am Drama

Cast & crew

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
Peter Tilbury Script Associate
Production team
Nic Phillips Director
Nic Phillips 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
Keith Reed Lighting Designer
David Snell Composer
David MacDonald 1st Assistant Director
Steve Hellaby Dubbing Editor

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