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 5, Episode 3 is repeated on Drama today at 7:15am.

Series 2, Episode 8 - You Pays Yer Money

A by-election in Chigwell causes tension about who to vote for between Tracey, Sharon and Dorien. Sharon wants Darryl's vote after Tracey paid his poll tax, but he wants the full £350 for the pleasure, leading Sharon to take drastic action.

Further details

When the voting cards arrive Sharon is disappointed when Tracey reminds her that she didn't register and so can not vote.

Tracey has paid Darryl's poll tax, despite him being in prison. He goes mad when she tells him that she has paid it for him. Sharon wants his vote, but Darryl says if she wants it, she can pay the £350 for it.

Dorien tells Tracey she must vote Green and derides Sharon for being Labour.

Sharon goes canvassing and selling merchandise in the hope of raising the £350.

Dorien's sudden fondness for the Green party becomes apparent, she's only doing it to get a man.

Sharon has picked up a consignment of secuirty bears. Teddy bears that have alarms inside. It impresses the local Conservative candidate when he comes canvassing.

After arguing Sharon goes back to her old flat, to find that Stan has done away with her bed, couch and most of her belongings. She soon goes back to Chigwell.

At the polling station when Sharon hands Darryl's card in and is questioned as to why it says Mr, she tells them that she is halfway through a sex change operation.

As the results come in the three women reveal that they all voted Labour.

Broadcast details

Thursday 25th October 1990
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Pauline Quirke Sharon Theodopolopodous
Linda Robson Tracey Stubbs
Lesley Joseph Dorien Green
Alun Lewis Darryl Stubbs
Guest cast
Jodie Scott Girl
Paul Geoffrey Labour Candidate
Anna Keaveney Green Candidate
Robert Llewellyn Tory Candidate
Mark Straker Official
Alec Sabin TV Reporter
Writing team
George Costigan Writer
Julia North Writer
Production team
Charlie Hanson Director
Nic Phillips Producer
Allan McKeown Executive Producer
Michael Pilsworth Executive Producer
Laurence Marks Creator
Maurice Gran Creator

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