Starlings. Image shows from L to R: Grandad (Alan Williams), Charlie (Finn Atkins), Gravy (John Dagleish), Fergie (Steve Edge), Uncle Loz (Matt King), Jan (Lesley Sharp), Terry (Brendan Coyle), Bell (Rebecca Night). 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 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


    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
    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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