Birds of a Feather

Series 1 - 1. Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

It’s been 15 years since Tracey, Sharon and Dorien graced our screens in what was, back in the day, a rare example of a female-centred sitcom. Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph return, a little older but just as sharp, with each of them slipping easily into their old role as if it was a comfortable dressing gown.

Mouthy Sharon’s living in an Edmonton tower block and is clearly down on her luck, her older sister Tracey’s still living in Chigwell with son Travis (played by Pauline Quirke’s real-life son Charlie), while man-eating Dorien has repackaged herself as Foxy Cohen, author of the sex blockbuster Sixty Shades of Green.

This episode reunites the trio and introduces us to Tracey’s other son, Garth, who’s played by Busted’s Matt Willis. While the humour is hardly cutting edge, it will make a lot of people smile.

About this programme

1/8. ITV's revival of the hit BBC sitcom, starring Linda Robson, Pauline Quirke and Lesley Joseph. Sharon's back in her council flat and Tracey's still in Chigwell with younger son Travis (played by Quirke's real-life son Charlie), but what has become of Dorien? Can anything bring all of the gang back together and will anyone else return to the nest? With Matt Willis of Busted fame.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sharon Theodopolopodous
Pauline Quirke
Tracey Stubbs
Linda Robson
Dorien Green
Lesley Joseph
Travis Stubbs
Charlie Quirke
Garth Stubbs
Matt Willis
Marcie
Camilla Marie Beeput
Poppy
Bethany Attrup
Bookshop manager
Rich Keeble
Adoring fan
Liz Izen
Writ server
John Webber

Crew

Director
Nick Wood
Executive Producer
Jon Rolph
Executive Producer
Steve Sheen
Producer
Jo Willett
Writer
Laurence Marks
Writer
Maurice Gran
Categories
Sitcom