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.

Episode menu

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 28th September 2011 8:20am Gold
Thursday 29th September 2011 6:30am Gold
Friday 3rd February 2012 6:30am Gold
Friday 3rd February 2012 9:20am Gold
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 9:00am Gold
Wednesday 23rd May 2012 6:30am Gold
Thursday 18th October 2012 7:40am Gold
Friday 19th October 2012 6:00am Gold
Friday 11th January 2013 8:20am Gold
Saturday 12th January 2013 6:30am Gold
Monday 27th October 2014 1:00pm Drama
Monday 27th October 2014 6:00pm Drama

Cast & crew

Nerys Hughes Sandra Hutchinson
Polly James Beryl Hennessey
Mollie Sugden Thelma Hutchinson
Sheila Fay Ethel 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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