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 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


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    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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