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, Episode 2 - Sweet Smell Of Success

Money is running out and Tracey is getting desperate. Darryl's Jaguar is repossessed when Tracey advertises it through Computer Car. Only problem is, Darryl confesses that he has hidden £25,000 in the spare tyre. Luckily Dorien accidentally saves the day.

Further details

Tracey and Dorien have a gym session and discuss their husbands and their financial situations. Marcus has locked away Dorien's credit cards and she isn't happy.

Dorien tries to convince Tracey into selling Darryl's Jaguar car, but she sees red.

Lisa, Sharon's old neighbour turns up in a flashy car, offering both Sharon and Tracey the chance to sell Aromantique perfume through a pyramid scheme and make a fortune.

Their first day selling gets off to a decent start, by the second they start to argue, Tracey doesn't sell any bottles, Sharon has got rid of all of her Aromantique, by throwing it all in the canal.

Finally realising that she has no choice, Tracey puts Darryl's Jag on Computer Car for £20,000 ONO. Dorien offers £15,000 which Tracey refuses. They soon have an interested party. After helping him put his folding bike into the boot he drives off with the log book and throws a business card out of the window.

The car has been repossessed.

When visiting Darryl, Tracey tells him that she needs money urgently. She mentions the car, but doesn't tell him it has been repossessed. He warns her never to sell the car. He tells her where he has £25,000 stashed away, unfortunately for Tracey it's in the spare tyre of the Jaguar.

They go to the car dealership and ask about part exchanging their remaining car against the Jaguar, but before the deal is sealed, someone else makes a phone call and buys the car from under their noses.

Back at home and downtrodden, Dorien arrives and begins to make apologies. She admits that she has bought the Jaguar, leading to Sharon and Tracey to run outside, throw Doriens shopping from the boot and run off with the spare tyre, much to Dorien's amusement.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 13th September 1990
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Pauline Quirke Sharon Theodopolopodous
Linda Robson Tracey Stubbs
Lesley Joseph Dorien Green
Alun Lewis Darryl Stubbs
Guest cast
Owen Brenman The Snatcher
Christine Ellerbeck Lisa
Mandy Travis Con's Wife
Stanford Calaman Prison Officer
Andrew Hall Car Salesman
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
Steve Hellaby Editor
Kenneth Sharp (as Ken Sharp) Production Designer
David Snell Composer
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