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 8

The cockles-warming comedy flies the nest. Grandad receives a fleeting visit from his best mate, and Terry steps in to bring Bell and Reuben back together.

Further details

Starlings. Gravy (John Dagleish). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

Grandad's best mate Alf is over from Australia and, after 35 years apart, the pair are long overdue a catch-up. Their trip down memory lane is cut short, however, when, mid-conversation, Alf pops his clogs, passing away in the Starlings' garden. The death hits Grandad hard and, learning more about his pal's life in Oz, he's determined to give Alf the send-off he deserves. For the rest of the shocked brood, it spurs them on to seize the day and make some big decisions.

And is a new beginning on the horizon for Bell and Reuben? The pair couldn't be further apart, with the latter trying (and failing) to move on with a new girl, Lou Lou, who refers to him as Reubles... Step in Terry, who takes matters into his own hands and utilises the healing powers of McFly to bring the couple back together.

It's not looking good for Loz and Fergie, though. While enjoying a free drawing class, in which a starkers Fergie is posing, he drops the bombshell that he is playing "departure board bingo" and going on his travels again. To say Loz is crestfallen is an understatement.

Broadcast details

Sunday 1st July 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
    Philip Whitchurch Morris Charon
    Dan Tetsell Arthur
    Cara Horgan Lou Lou
    Phil Cornwell Barry
    Chris Fairbank Alf
    Samia Rida Doctor
    Tom Basden Job Advisor
    Marcus Garvey Police Sergeant
    Harry Peacock Jeremy
    Nigel Betts Funeral Director
    Elliott Tiney Police Constable
    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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