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 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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 3rd July 2012 9:00pm Sky1
Sunday 30th November 2014 3:20am Sky1
Monday 20th 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
Philip Whitchurch Morris Charon
Dan Tetsell Arthur
Cara Horgan Lou Lou
Phil Cornwell Barry
Christopher Fairbank (as 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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