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Liver Birds, The

THIS HAS a lot to answer for, chiefly bequeathing Carla Lane upon the nation and her “daffy” “sassy” “Scouse” “wit”. In truth a rip-off of THE LIKELY LADS, but whisper it quietly in case Carla throws another strop and refuses to talk to anyone for the next 50 years. PAULINE COLLINS and POLLY JAMES were the first titular twosome, the former pissing off after five episodes to be replaced by NERYS HUGHES. Then Polly quit and ELIZABETH ESTENSEN took over, as someone called Carol Boswell (ach, the omens were there). Indeed, Carol had other Boswells lurking all too near the screen, including familiar sounding domineering Irish mother, wastrel bus driving father, and dopey brother Lucien who loved rabbits. Why couldn’t we see what was coming? 87 episodes in all, some of which were script edited by, of all people, ERIC IDLE. Revival in 1996 was, as with everyone else dredged up around that time (AGONY, …PERRIN, GRACE AND FAVOUR), rotten.



  1. Glenn Aylett

    July 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Had one of the coolest title sequences ever- the Mersey ferry, the Mersey tunnel and the Liver Building- with an excellent theme tune by The Scaffold. The theme tune is still one of the most recognisable of all time.

  2. Lee James Turnock

    May 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Eric Idle should have edited the scripts by setting fire to the buggers.

  3. Glenn A

    June 4, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Sad to say this week, Carla Lane passed away. Birds was probably at its best in the Polly James/ Nerys Hughes era( AKA the hotpants years) where the girls regularly got into scrapes, including one episode on a farm, and the stories were different most weeks. I think it went downhill after Polly James left and became rather preachy about animal rights and these episodes aren’t as good, although there is one gem where a bored Mr Boswell decides to take his bus into Wales for the day.

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