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

The Liver Birds

BBC One sitcom about two young women. 86 episodes (pilot + 10 series), 1969 - 1996. Stars Polly James, Nerys Hughes, Pauline Collins, Elizabeth Estensen and others.

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

The Liver Birds

Sitcom exploring the lives and loves of two young, single females sharing a flat together in Liverpool

1969 - 1996
86   (1 pilot + 10 series), plus 1 short special
Polly James, Nerys Hughes, Pauline Collins, Elizabeth Estensen, Mollie Sugden, John Nettles, Eileen Kennally, Ray Dunbobbin and others
Carla Lane, Myra Taylor and Lew Schwarz
Sydney Lotterby
Douglas Argent, Roger Race and Sydney Lotterby

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.

Production Details

Part of

Comedy Playhouse

Production company
Theme music by The Scaffold. Incidental music composed by Ronnie Hazlehurst.
Laugh track
Live audience


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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 14th April 1969 on BBC One at 7:30pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 17th June 1996 on BBC One at 8:30pm
Last repeat
Saturday 18th June 2016 at 7:20pm on BBC2

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