Starlings. Copyright: Baby Cow Productions


  • TV comedy drama
  • Sky One
  • 2012 - 2013
  • 16 episodes (2 series)

Sky1 comedy drama about a dysfunctional family living in Derbyshire. Written by Matt King and Steve Edge. Stars Brendan Coyle, Lesley Sharp, Steve Edge, Matt King, Alan Williams and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1

Brendan Coyle and Lesley Sharp star in this heart-warming comedy drama. The Starling family make way for a new addition to their already-hectic nest.

Further details

Starlings. Image shows from L to R: Bell (Rebecca Night), Reuben (Ukweli Roach). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions

The Starlings are a normal brood getting on with life in Matlock, Derbyshire, tackling obstacles as and when they come, and they've got a fair few in this first episode.

Terry and Jan have just moved Grandad into their already-crammed home - following an unspecified incident at the retirement home - to share with none-too-pleased teen Charlie, and now they're preparing for one more arrival. It's only small and due any minute as daughter Bell goes into labour via a birthing pool in the living room.

Then there's Grandad's illegitimate son and, erm, interesting artist Loz, Jan's nephew and returning traveller Fergi out in the caravan and Bell's ex-boyfriend Reuben, who's determined to make things right and get Bell back.

Throw in Terry's suspicious phone calls and oddball son Gravy losing one of his friends of the "four-legged and four-armed" variety, and it's fair to say that our weekly visits to the Starlings nest are going to be pretty eventful.

Broadcast details

Sunday 13th May 2012
Sky One
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 15th May 2012 9:00pm Sky1
Sunday 9th November 2014 2:00am Sky1

Cast & crew

Brendan Coyle Terry
Lesley Sharp Jan
Steve Edge Fergie
Matt King Uncle Loz
Alan Williams Grandad
Rebecca Night Bell
Ukweli Roach Reuben
Finn Atkins Charlie
John Dagleish Gravy
Writing team
Matt King Writer
Steve Edge Writer
Production team
Matt Lipsey Director
Alison MacPhail Producer
Henry Normal Executive Producer
Steve Coogan Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Adam Windmill Editor
David Ferris Production Designer

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