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 3, Episode 2 - Birds On The Dole

Fast approaching having to pay their next month's rent, the girls are struck by the realisation that they're out of work - and have only 50 pence to their collective name! A trip to sign on is called for, but the dole queue is not something they're used to and a ruckus ensues.

Broadcast details

Friday 18th February 1972
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Nerys Hughes Sandra Hutchinson
    Polly James Beryl Hennessey
    Mollie Sugden Mrs. Hutchinson
    Sheila Fay Mrs. Hennessey
    Guest cast
    Cyril Shaps Mr. Hennessey
    Julian Battersby Second Labourer
    Ivan Beavis Mr. Hutchinson
    Ken Jones Uncle Dermot
    Bill Dean Uncle Jack
    John Ringham Clerk of the Court
    Norman Shelley Magistrate
    Artro Morris Mr. Hockle
    Brian Pettifer Cousin Hughie
    Arnold Peters Store Manager
    Peter Kerrigan First Labourer
    Denis O'Neil Police Constable
    Writing team
    Jack Seddon Writer
    David Pursall Writer
    Production team
    Sydney Lotterby Director
    Sydney Lotterby Producer
    Peter Pitt Editor
    Roger Liminton Production Designer

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