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 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


  1. Friday 3rd May 2024 at 5:20pm on Drama

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 16th July 2013 2:40pm Drama
Tuesday 16th July 2013 7:40pm Drama
Tuesday 16th July 2013 11:20pm Drama
Tuesday 23rd July 2013 10:00am Drama
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Tuesday 24th September 2013 1:50pm Drama
Tuesday 24th September 2013 7:40pm Drama
Saturday 26th October 2013 1:45pm Drama
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Sunday 27th October 2013 1:00pm Drama
Wednesday 11th December 2013 1:50pm Drama
Wednesday 11th December 2013 7:00pm Drama
Thursday 12th December 2013 4:25am Drama
Monday 14th April 2014 2:00pm Drama
Monday 14th April 2014 11:00pm Drama
Tuesday 15th April 2014 1:20am Drama
Wednesday 27th August 2014 2:20pm Drama
Wednesday 14th January 2015 2:20pm Drama
Wednesday 14th January 2015 11:20pm Drama
Friday 29th May 2015 2:20pm Drama
Friday 29th May 2015 11:00pm Drama
Wednesday 7th October 2015 2:20pm Drama
Wednesday 7th October 2015 11:20pm Drama
Wednesday 27th January 2016 2:20pm Drama
Thursday 28th January 2016 1:00am Drama
Wednesday 24th February 2016 6:00pm Drama
Wednesday 24th February 2016 11:20pm Drama
Wednesday 1st June 2016 2:20pm Drama
Tuesday 11th October 2016 2:20pm Drama
Wednesday 12th October 2016 3:30am Drama
Thursday 16th February 2017 2:20pm Drama
Sunday 23rd April 2017 7:10am Drama
Monday 3rd July 2017 2:20pm Drama
Tuesday 4th July 2017 1:10am Drama
Friday 10th November 2017 2:20pm Drama
Friday 10th November 2017 11:20pm Drama
Saturday 25th November 2017 10:20am Drama
Thursday 29th March 2018 2:20pm Drama
Thursday 29th March 2018 11:20pm Drama
Friday 18th January 2019 5:20pm Drama
Tuesday 4th June 2019 5:20pm Drama
Thursday 14th May 2020 5:20pm Drama
Tuesday 10th November 2020 7:15am Drama
Friday 16th April 2021 7:10am Drama
Wednesday 23rd June 2021 5:20pm Drama
Saturday 16th October 2021 7:10am Drama
Friday 27th May 2022 5:20pm Drama
Wednesday 5th April 2023 7:30am Drama
Saturday 29th April 2023 8:45am Drama
Sunday 30th April 2023 7:00am Drama
Sunday 11th June 2023 2:55am Drama

Cast & crew

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
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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