The Liver Birds. Image shows from L to R: Beryl Hennessey (Polly James), Sandra Hutchinson (Nerys Hughes). Copyright: BBC
The Liver Birds

The Liver Birds

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1969 - 1996
  • 86 episodes (10 series)

Sitcom exploring the lives and loves of two young, single females sharing a flat together in Liverpool. Stars Nerys Hughes, Polly James, Elizabeth Estensen, Pauline Collins, Mollie Sugden and more.

The Liver Birds. Image shows from L to R: Sandra Hutchinson (Nerys Hughes), Beryl Hennessey (Polly James). Copyright: BBC

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1969 - 1996
Channels
BBC One
Episodes
86 (1 pilot + 10 series), plus 1 short special
Creators
Carla Lane and Myra Taylor
Stars
Nerys Hughes, Polly James, Elizabeth Estensen, Pauline Collins, Mollie Sugden, Michael Angelis, John Nettles, Eileen Kennally and more
Writers
Carla Lane, Myra Taylor, Lew Schwarz, John Chapman and Eric Idle
Directors
Sydney Lotterby and Angie De Chastelai Smith
Producers
Douglas Argent, Roger Race, Sydney Lotterby, Philip Kampff, Carla Lane and Geoffrey Perkins
Companies

Existing the trendiness and glory of the post-Beatles era, Liverpool is home to any number of sassy young men and women, each playing their part in redefining a youthful life of singledom away from the parental household.

Series 1 sees Beryl, a zany, go-getting woman of the world, sharing a flat with the somewhat more subdued Dawn.

From Series 2 Sandra is Beryl's flatmate, a hopelessly naive and virtuous romantic. They pursue men for differing reasons and jobs for the same - money! But everywhere they go, chaos reigns.

However, the scatty Beryl found love first, marrying at the end of Series 4 and leaving Sandra in search of a new flatmate - the scatty Carol Boswell.

Additional details

Part of

Comedy Playhouse

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Theme music by The Scaffold. Incidental music composed by Ronnie Hazlehurst.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 14th April 1969 at 7:30pm on BBC One
Last new broadcast
Monday 24th June 1996 at 8:30pm on BBC One
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • BBC Television Centre - Studios
  • Liverpool - Locations

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