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.

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Series 2, Episode 7 - Brief Encounter

Dorien becomes concerned about their financial situation when Marcus is reluctant to move. Chris is aiming to become the new prison drugs runner and Sharon starts an affair with financial adviser Don when she helps him after he is mugged at Chigwell station.

Further details

Lisa the slag visits Chris in prison and he has made her son a special toy raising suspicions with one of the guards. They have an argument and Lisa pushes the toy back at Chris and storms out.

Sharon tells a homeless beggar that she gave him all her change that morning, just before she sees an older gentleman being mugged, she runs over as the mugger is running away and helps the man up. Dorien is shocked that such a thing can happen in Chigwell.

Tracey tells Sharon that Lisa has been visiting Chris and that he has asked to see her.

Dorien wants to move as she considers her areas dialing code to be common.

Out for the evening Sharon bumps into Don, the man who she helped earlier during the day, he buys her a drink and dinner. It turns out he is Marcus Green's financial adviser. They go out for dinner again the next evening, once Sharon's hangover is out of the way.

It turns out that Chris and Lisa staged the row so that Lisa could throw the toy that Chris made back at him with drugs inside that she has smuggled in.

Tracey finds amusement in Sharon going out with a 53 year old when she's still only 29.

When Chris tries to get Sharon to smuggle something in, she leaves, taking her wooden ornament with her. Chris becomes distressed and bangs his head against the wall.

On their last night together, Don presents Sharon with a Beatles record. After keeping the drugs meant for Chris, Sharon wants to experience what Don experienced in the 1960's, but before they can light up the police come knocking and Don flushes everything down the toilet. It turns out that the police have recovered his wallet from the mugging.

Broadcast details

Thursday 18th October 1990
30 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
Christine Ellerbeck Lisa
Niven Boyd Prison Officer
Mark Kingston Don
Don Gallagher Policeman
Richard Clews Man in Bar
David Keyes (as David Keys) Beggar
Writing team
Peter Tilbury Writer
Production team
Nic Phillips Director
Nic Phillips Producer
Allan McKeown Executive Producer
Michael Pilsworth Executive Producer
Laurence Marks Creator
Maurice Gran Creator

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