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 15 - Someone Else's Baby

As the Antiques Roadshow throws up a surprise for Dorien, a letter in an old box and a barmy Auntie Sylvie throw up a few shocks for Tracey and Sharon. What is the meaning of the letter?

Further details

Dorien brings round a piece of imperial silver to take to The Antiques Roadshow, leading them to rummage through the junk in the attic. Dorien uncovers an old box, but there's no key. Tracey is angry at them for routing. Dorien opens the box using her bracelet.

They find old love letters in the box written by their mother and an old flame, one of which mentions an orphanage. Sharon thinks she's adopted, Dorien thinks she's jumping to conclusions and tells her to ask Auntie Sylvie.

Tracey isn't pleased to find Sylvie in the house, she hates her perfume and she's barking mad, calling them by each others names. She gets annoyed that Sharon wants to ask her about her parents.

Sylvie sees Dorien's silver tea urn and tells her that she remembers them being sold on stalls in Hackney. Dorien snaps and tells her it is a genuine Russian antique.

At the Antiques Roadshow Dorien is all smiles when the expert starts examining her urn, he says it is Russian imperial silver, as he starts to estimate it's value his colleague interrupts and tells them it is in fact a copy, made during the war, just as Auntie Sylvie had said.

Back home Sharon confronts Sylvie with the letter, telling her to drop the barmy act. As Tracey gets upset, Sylvie rushes over and calls her by the correct name. She reveals that both of them were adopted and she had promised their mother on her death bed that she would not tell them. She also tells them that she faked their birth certificates when she worked at the town hall.

Broadcast details

Thursday 13th December 1990
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Pauline Quirke Sharon Theodopolopodous
Linda Robson Tracey Stubbs
Lesley Joseph Dorien Green
Guest cast
Vivian Pickles Sylvie
Peter Bourke First Roadshow Expert
John Bly Second Roadshow Expert
Writing team
Frankie Bailey Writer
Production team
Charlie Hanson Director
Nic Phillips Producer
Allan McKeown Executive Producer
Michael Pilsworth Executive Producer
Laurence Marks Creator
Maurice Gran Creator

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