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 11, Episode 7 is repeated on ITV3 today at 11:05pm.

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
    Kenneth Sharp (as Ken Sharp) Production Designer
    David Snell Composer
    Laurence Marks Creator
    Maurice Gran Creator

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