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 5

Fergie finds himself behind bars and a panicked Jan prepares for book club. Meanwhile, Grandad gets ready and sets off for a very important date.

Further details

Starlings. Image shows from L to R: Uncle Loz (Matt King), Lee (Andy Davies). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions

Poor Fergie is in a right pickle. While stuck in traffic on Charlie's school run, he tries an alternative-cum-illegal route that attracts the attention of the police. Throw in some surprise court summons and speeding charges and Fergie finds himself behind bars. At least he's got company, in the form of an especially angry chap he has something - or someone - in common with.

An impromptu (and awkward) reunion awaits Lodz when his younger brother Lee shows up. He wants Lodz to watch him fight at an event called 'Nottingham Knuckles', but, first, they've got some issues to iron out.

It's almost seven o'clock and, for Jan, that means one stomach-sinking thing: book club. Taking the fun out of reading, her fellow members are more interested in being snotty and practising their passive-aggressive digs.

Failing to finish the selected tome hasn't done Jan any favours either. Hubby Terry is also watching the clock because the pub quiz looms and, with it, a fresh opportunity to take down arch nemesis Brian Valentine.

This week's episode belongs to Grandad, though. Donning his dapper suit and with potted plant in hand he sets off for a very important date.

Broadcast details

Sunday 10th June 2012
Sky One
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 12th June 2012 9:00pm Sky1
Sunday 23rd November 2014 2:05am Sky1
Monday 29th June 2015 1:00am Sky2

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
Guest cast
Adam Stevens Policeman
Andy Davies Lee
Tony Pitts Shane
John Tams Sean
Julia Deakin Lizzie
Kate Coogan Georgie
Samantha Power Samantha
Alexander Kirk Quizmaster
Alan Rothwell Brian
Jennifer Hennessy WPC
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
Robin Peters Editor
David Ferris Production Designer

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