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 Nerys Hughes, Polly James, Elizabeth Estensen, Pauline Collins and others.

Series 1, Episode 1 - An Interesting Condition

One way for a girl to tempt a fella is to use a potent perfume, and when Beryl helps herself rather liberally to Dawn's expensive bottle, it has a rather immediate effect - though perhaps not quite the one Beryl had in mind.


Only pre-filmed scenes - including the title sequence - for this episode survive in BBC archives.

This episode no longer exists in the archives. It is missing, believed wiped.

Broadcast details

Friday 25th July 1969
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Polly James Beryl Hennessey
Pauline Collins Dawn
Guest cast
George Layton Joe
Constance Carling Actor
Dorothy Darke Actor
Writing team
Carla Lane Writer
Myra Taylor Writer
Lew Schwarz Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer
Allan Anson Production Designer
Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer