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 2, Episode 7 - The Man Downstairs

Beryl and Sandra are equally captivated when a tall, dark gentleman moves into the flat below. He is slightly less impressed by their overly-keen advances, however!


This episode is also known as The Guest House.

Broadcast details

Thursday 18th February 1971
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Nerys Hughes Sandra Hutchinson
Polly James Beryl Hennessey
Guest cast
Ronald Allen Derek
Helen Cotterill Receptionist
Davyd Harries Man on Train
Carol Cleveland Girlfriend
Donald McKillop (as Don McKillup) Man at Guest House
Gwyneth Owen Landlady
Jill Richards Pregnant Girl at Guest House
Writing team
Carla Lane Writer
Myra Taylor Writer
John Chapman Script Editor
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer
David Spence Editor
Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer
Jeremy Bear Production Designer

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