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.

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Series 3, Episode 4 - Birds On Strike

After taking three days off work with "tonsillitis" to spend time with a boyfriend before he goes to sea for 18 months, Beryl's keen to show her face back at the factory. No sooner has she done so than her family are blackmailing her into taking part in a labour dispute protest.


This episode is also known as Girls On Strike.

Broadcast details

Friday 3rd March 1972
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 30th September 2011 8:00am Gold
Saturday 1st October 2011 6:30am Gold
Tuesday 7th February 2012 6:30am Gold
Tuesday 7th February 2012 8:40am Gold
Thursday 24th May 2012 9:05am Gold
Friday 25th May 2012 6:30am Gold
Saturday 20th October 2012 7:40am Gold
Sunday 21st October 2012 6:00am Gold
Sunday 13th January 2013 7:45am Gold
Monday 14th January 2013 6:30am Gold
Wednesday 29th October 2014 1:00pm Drama
Wednesday 29th October 2014 6:00pm Drama

Cast & crew

Nerys Hughes Sandra Hutchinson
Polly James Beryl Hennessey
Guest cast
Ken Jones Uncle Dermot
Bill Dean Uncle Jack
Brian Pettifer Cousin Hughie
Clive Swift Jim Royle
John Junkin Mr. Belshaw
Colin Bean First Speaker
Paul Lindley Second Speaker
Garth Watkins Mr. Hindle
Writing team
Jack Seddon Writer
David Pursall Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer
Peter Pitt Editor
Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer
Anna Ridley Production Designer

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