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Budgie (1971–1972)

TV Series | 60 min | Drama

Chirpy Cockney petty crook "Budgie" Bird is the main character in this British television series of the early 1970s. Budgie was the eternal failure, with every scam, and every attempt to make his fortune, landing him further and further ...See moreChirpy Cockney petty crook "Budgie" Bird is the main character in this British television series of the early 1970s. Budgie was the eternal failure, with every scam, and every attempt to make his fortune, landing him further and further into trouble, either with the police, or with his untrustworthy sometime boss, the cynical Charlie Endell, a respectable club owner on the surface, and underworld villain below it. All attempts to put Budgie on the "straight and narrow" by his girlfriend, and awful ex-wife, were in vain, and with an unflappable optimism, he bounced in and out of prison on a regular basis as the series progressed. Written by D.Giddings See less
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Updated Apr 9, 1971

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Apr 9, 1971 (United Kingdom)

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Adam Faith
Ronald 'Budgie' Bird Ronald 'Budgie' Bird   See fewer
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Iain Cuthbertson
Charlie Endell Charlie Endell   See fewer
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Lynn Dalby
Hazel Fletcher Hazel Fletcher   See fewer
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June Lewis
Mrs. Endell Mrs. Endell   See fewer
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John Rhys-Davies
Laughing Spam Fritter Laughing Spam Fritter   See fewer
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Stella Tanner
Mrs. Fletcher Mrs. Fletcher   See fewer
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Jack Shepherd
Det. Constable Leadbetter / PC Donnelly Det. Constable Leadbetter / PC Donnelly   See fewer
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Georgina Hale
Jean Bird / Jean Jean Bird / Jean   See fewer
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Derek Newark
Det. Inspector Bryant Det. Inspector Bryant   See fewer
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George Tovey
Jack Bird Jack Bird   See fewer
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Rio Fanning
Grogan Grogan   See fewer
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Margaret Nolan
Inga / Inga the Stripper Inga / Inga the Stripper   See fewer
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Julia McCarthy
Alice Bird / Woman in Photograph Alice Bird / Woman in Photograph   See fewer
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James Bolam
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George A. Cooper
Det. Inspector Shepherd / Inspector Shepherd Det. Inspector Shepherd / Inspector Shepherd   See fewer
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Anne Carroll
Violet Bird Violet Bird   See fewer
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Donald Douglas
Tony Pringle Tony Pringle   See fewer
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Nan Munro
Mrs. Beecham Mrs. Beecham   See fewer
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8 / 10 | 124 votes