Starlings. Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.


Sky One comedy drama. 16 episodes (2 series), 2012 - 2013. Stars Brendan Coyle, Lesley Sharp, Steve Edge, Matt King, Alan Williams, Rebecca Night, Ukweli Roach and others.

Series 1, Episode 3

Jan takes a brief reprieve from the chaos of domesticity to embrace her inner author for a short story competition in Derbyshire Life. However, Grandad is acting more strangely than usual.

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Starlings. Image shows from L to R: Ava (Kirsty Armstrong), Gravy (John Dagleish). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

Jan takes a brief reprieve from the chaos of domesticity to embrace her inner author for a short story competition in Derbyshire Life. That's the idea, anyway, but every time she puts pen to paper, she's interrupted by the many members of her brood.

One such pest is Grandad, who's acting more strangely than usual. Maybe it's because he doubled up on his arthritis tablets, although it can't have helped being nipped by one of Gravy's eight-legged friends, especially when his grandson ominously intones that there's "a 50/50 chance that you're going to hallucinate - badly".

It's proving to be a trying day for the Starling women, what with Bell returning to work for the first time since Zac arrived. Her nerves aren't helped by the glamour-free nature of the photoshoot (Vogue front cover this is not), or he fact that the guy she's been paired with is a professional model-cum-prat.

Uncle Loz, on the other hand, is on the search for a new place and, with Fergie in tow, heads off to his recommended "digs", a niche house share for Buddhists.

The most momentous piece of news, though, is that Gravy has bagged himself a girlfriend, and a surprisingly normal one at that.

Broadcast details

Sunday 27th May 2012
Sky One
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
Guest cast
Kirsty Armstrong Ava
Tom Meeten Photographer
Jessica Harris Katie
Scott Taylor Gavin
Dan Tetsell Arthur
Writing team
Matt King Writer
Steve Edge Writer
Production team
Tony Dow Director
Alison MacPhail Producer
Henry Normal Executive Producer
Steve Coogan Executive Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer

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