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 2 - Falling In Love Again

Chris has got himself into debt with the McCarthy family, Sharon wins a dating show and chooses a trip to Berlin as her prize so that she can collect a valuable car that Chris owns to settle the debt. Dorien gets a nasty surprise and Tracey falls for a mechanic.

Further details

Things are getting rough in prison for Chris, he owes three thousand pounds to the McCarthy brothers.

When Tracey scoffs at the dating show, that they are watching, Sharon reveals that she is on it the next month, she tells Chris that she wants a divorce so that the producers of Second Time Lucky will let her on.

Dorien has been dumped by Luke for a nineteen year old. She cooks Marcus dinner, leading him to think he has forgotten a special occasion.

Chris discovers he still owns a Messerschmitt bubble car that could solve his money problems. The problem is, it's still in Germany. He writes to Sharon and asks her to go to collect the car.

As they are sat in the kitchen, the mother and one of the wives of the McCarthy brothers smash the front door and break in. They threaten Sharon and Tracey and tell them to make sure that Chris gets the money sorted and fast.

Sharon's day on Second Time Lucky arrives, she has competition from Lorraine, a professional game show contestant, who has an agent. When they threaten to reveal Lorraine's secret to the papers. The ending is re-filmed and Sharon chooses Berlin as her holiday destination so she can collect the car.

At the airport they spot Marcus with another woman, they accidentally on purpose crash their trolley into his. He says that the woman is his adviser.

When they call Dorien they let slip that they saw Marcus choosing her underwear from Knicker Box, he had told her he had searched Milan for them. When they tell her about the woman she storms out.

Tracey asks at the hotel if they know anyone who knows about Messerschmitt cars and goes off to find them. Sharon is taken on a tour of Berlin with Barry, her date from Second Time Lucky.

The mechanic turns out to be more than Tracey bargained for, she develops a crush.

When Barry starts to annoy the film crew, one of them tells him that they haven't yet had a tragic accident on the show and it could be just the thing to boost the ratings.

Dorien's mother gives her a lecture about staying with Marcus. She cringes when she tells her to keep him satisfied in the bedroom and accuses her of being frigid.

Sharon and Tracey track down the car, it is being used by the farmer who is looking after it to keep his chickens in. The car is a wreck, but Manfred says he can restore it. But when the farmer says he wants five thousand pounds his daughter steps in.

Manfred and Tracey go out for dinner, she hasn't told him she is married. Back at the hotel Manfred tells Tracey that he has fallen for her.

In Chigwell, the McCarthy's turn up again as Dorien is in the house, they threaten her and chop the tips of her fingernails off, though she is more offended that they think Sharon and Tracey are her daughters. They leave her passed out on the kitchen floor.

At the hotel, Sharon finds a do not disturb sign on the door, but goes in anyway to find Manfred and Tracey kissing. Manfred leaves.

Dorien runs back to her house and makes up with Marcus, though at the cost of a holiday to Barbados.

Tracey blames Sharon for her infidelity and worries that she has fallen for him.

On the flight home, Tracey tells Barry to go away and confesses to Sharon that she is already missing Manfred. To avoid seeing Barry again, Sharon tells the airport security that he is dodgy and should look under the bandage on his hand.

Visiting the prison, Tracey tells Darryl that Manfred was over 70. Sharon tells Chris that the car is on it's way and not to worry.

During a phone call to Manfred, Tracey tells him to get someone else to bring the car to England as she can't face seeing him again behind Darryl's back, he hangs up on her.

The Messerschmitt Tiger arrives looking as good as new.

Barry turns up at Dalentrace much to Sharon's annoyance. The McCarthy's turn up again and use their car pick up truck to crush Barry's car into a cube, though now they have collected goods to the value of the debt, it is called off.

In prison the McCarthy brothers beat up Chris when he tells them about the car, they realise that their mother has called off the debt without realising that they could have actually got cash out of them after the sale of the car.


This is the last episode to feature the original version of the theme tune.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 25th December 1990
75 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
    Al Ashton Vic McCarthy
    Marcus Eyre Terry McCarthy
    Stephen Greif Marcus Green
    Lila Kaye Mrs. McCarthy
    Linda Henry Viv McCarthy
    Jennifer Guy Lorraine
    Simon Slater Barry
    Peter Tilbury Andrew
    Elizabeth Downes Lucinda
    Thomas Englert Receptionist
    Benedick Blythe Manfred
    Ruth Goring Dorien's Mother
    Romana Azzaro Ursula
    Rolf Marnitz Ursula's Father
    Christopher Lamb Customs Officer
    Leslie Crowther Self
    Writing team
    Laurence Marks Writer
    Maurice Gran Writer
    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
    David Snell Composer
    Warren Bennett Composer
    Laurence Marks Creator
    Maurice Gran Creator

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