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.

Episode menu

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

Thursday 13th September 1990
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 12th July 2013 2:40pm Drama
Friday 12th July 2013 7:40pm Drama
Saturday 13th July 2013 1:10am Drama
Saturday 13th July 2013 4:30am Drama
Wednesday 17th July 2013 10:00am Drama
Friday 20th September 2013 12:50am Drama
Friday 20th September 2013 1:50pm Drama
Friday 20th September 2013 7:40pm Drama
Saturday 12th October 2013 7:00pm Drama
Sunday 13th October 2013 3:45am Drama
Sunday 13th October 2013 2:00pm Drama
Thursday 5th December 2013 1:50pm Drama
Thursday 5th December 2013 7:00pm Drama
Friday 6th December 2013 2:00am Drama
Friday 6th December 2013 3:50am Drama
Monday 7th April 2014 11:40pm Drama
Tuesday 8th April 2014 2:00pm Drama
Friday 22nd August 2014 2:20pm Drama
Thursday 8th January 2015 2:20pm Drama
Thursday 8th January 2015 6:00pm Drama
Thursday 8th January 2015 11:20pm Drama
Friday 22nd May 2015 2:20pm Drama
Saturday 23rd May 2015 1:00am Drama
Saturday 23rd May 2015 7:00am Drama
Sunday 27th September 2015 10:00pm ITV3
Thursday 1st October 2015 2:20pm Drama
Thursday 1st October 2015 11:00pm Drama
Monday 25th January 2016 2:20pm Drama
Tuesday 26th January 2016 1:00am Drama
Thursday 18th February 2016 6:00pm Drama
Thursday 18th February 2016 11:20pm Drama
Wednesday 25th May 2016 2:20pm Drama
Wednesday 5th October 2016 2:20pm Drama
Thursday 6th October 2016 3:25am Drama
Sunday 9th October 2016 7:00am Drama
Friday 10th February 2017 2:20pm Drama
Tuesday 27th June 2017 2:20pm Drama
Wednesday 28th June 2017 1:10am Drama
Monday 6th November 2017 2:20pm Drama
Monday 6th November 2017 11:20pm Drama
Saturday 18th November 2017 9:40am Drama
Friday 23rd March 2018 2:20pm Drama
Monday 14th January 2019 5:20pm Drama
Wednesday 29th May 2019 5:20pm Drama
Thursday 7th May 2020 5:20pm Drama
Friday 6th November 2020 7:20am Drama
Monday 9th November 2020 3:20am Drama
Wednesday 14th April 2021 7:15am Drama
Thursday 17th June 2021 5:20pm Drama
Saturday 9th October 2021 8:20am Drama
Monday 23rd May 2022 5:20pm Drama
Thursday 30th March 2023 7:15am Drama
Saturday 22nd April 2023 8:30am Drama
Sunday 23rd April 2023 7:00am Drama

Cast & crew

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
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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