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 7

Loz and Fergie must overcome a girlfriend-shaped obstacle, and things go from bad to worse for Bell and Reuben. Charlie catches the eye of a talent scout.

Further details

Starlings. Image shows from L to R: Bell (Rebecca Night), Grandad (Alan Williams). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions

Forget romance, the road to bromance is rocky as Loz and Fergie struggle to overcome a girlfriendshaped obstacle.

The former has fallen for the thrill-seeking Anneka, and Ferg isn't a fan. As well as being an unwelcome distraction from their new business venture - retro taxis - he plain doesn't like her. And as it turns out, Fergie is a good judge of character.

Bell and Reuben's relationship is faring little better and they're seeing a councillor, a shoddy one at that. It's not working and, towards the end of the episode, a drunken Reuben faces a proposition from which there is no coming back.

On a brighter note, Charlie is scouted at a football game and asked to attend Derby County trials. Dad Terry struggles to contain his excitement, especially when he meets childhood hero Rodney McQueen who, in reality, is more of a strip club-attending, debt-ridden zero.

Broadcast details

Sunday 24th June 2012
Sky One
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 26th June 2012 9:00pm Sky1
Sunday 30th November 2014 2:30am Sky1
Monday 13th July 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
Dolly Wells Annika
Mark Roper Colin Salmon
William Andrews David
Georgie Glen Mrs Goddard
Pooky Quesnel Lynn
Daniel Peacock Rodney McQueen
Laura Patch Flora
Steve Hillman (as Steven Hillman) Ken
Cara Horgan Lou Lou
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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