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 14 - Jobs For The Girls

Sharon has gone into the pet sitting business, but she has competition from a teenage boy. Meanwhile Tracey has decided to get back behind the typewriter and Dorien gives her her first commission, with mixed results.

Further details

Sharon has started pet sitting for the fat cats of Chigwell who want their fat cats fed and their fat dogs walking.

Tracey has dug out her ancient typewriter and has decided to get back into typing from home. Sharon isn't convinced that it is a good idea. Tracey's advert in the newsagents leads to dirty phone calls.

Dorien has spotted Tracey's advert and asks her to type up her novel, but she struggles with the typewriter. Dorien suggests using Garth's computer instead and arranges for her friends young son Adrian to teach her how to use it.

As Tracey practices typing up Sharon's newspaper advert, Adrian warns her to stay of his pet sitting patch.

The girls are impressed with Dorien's novel, though it seems overly familiar.

Adrian tries to damage Sharon's reputation by putting up posters of pretend missing animals that Sharon was supposedly minding. Sharon resorts to kidnapping a tortoise that Adrian is minding. They finally Dorien mediates at a meeting to settle their differences.

The girls realise that Dorien's novel is an almost exact copy of The French Lieutenant's Woman. She says she just wanted to impress them. They suggest that she write a book about herself.

Broadcast details

Thursday 6th December 1990
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Pauline Quirke Sharon Theodopolopodous
Linda Robson Tracey Stubbs
Lesley Joseph Dorien Green
Guest cast
Ryan Freedman Adrian
Writing team
Sue Teddern Writer
Production team
Nic Phillips Director
Sue Bysh Director
Allan McKeown Executive Producer
Michael Pilsworth Executive Producer
Laurence Marks Creator
Maurice Gran Creator

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