Chirpy Cockney petty crook 'Budgie' Bird is the main character in this British TV series of the early 70s. Budgie was the eternal failure, with every scam, and every attempt to make his ... See full summary »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1972   1971  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

McVicar (1980)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

'John McVicar' was a London Bad Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Clegg
Stars: Roger Daltrey, Adam Faith, Cheryl Campbell
Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris
Bless This House (1971–1976)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Bless This House centres on life in Birch Avenue, Putney, where travelling stationery salesman Sid Abbott (Sidney James) and his wife Jean (Diana Coupland) live with their teenagers: Mike (... See full summary »

Stars: Sidney James, Diana Coupland, Sally Geeson
Callan (1967–1972)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Woodward, Russell Hunter, Lisa Langdon
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Ronald 'Budgie' Bird (26 episodes, 1971-1972)
Iain Cuthbertson ...
 Charlie Endell (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
Lynn Dalby ...
 Hazel Fletcher (22 episodes, 1971-1972)
Edit

Storyline

Chirpy Cockney petty crook 'Budgie' Bird is the main character in this British TV series of the early 70s. 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 <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

character name in title | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 April 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Loser  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(episodes 1-4)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It was while a third series was being considered that Adam Faith was involved in a horrific car accident in which his Ford Granada left the road and hit a tree. Faith had a very lucky escape but it still resulted in him being out of action for several months. His first reaction after recovery was to say he was giving up acting. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening titles, the wording "Budgie", "Starring Adam Faith" and "And Iain Cuthbertson" is made up of piles of pound notes arranged on the ground into the shape of the lettering. These notes come from a briefcase which Budgie steals from a car and which he then drops, causing the banknotes to spill out. See more »

Connections

Followed by Charles Endell, Esq (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Budgie Brilliance
23 March 2012 | by (Mauritius) – See all my reviews

Budgie is the greatest TV drama of all time. Brilliant scripts, brilliant characters, brilliant performances and all with so much charm. Adam Faith is wonderful as Budgie Bird, small time petty criminal, but a charmer too and there is a career best by Iain Cuthbertson as Charlie Endell, probably my favourite TV character of all time. Series 1 highlight is the Grandee Hotel with several guest stars including Peter Sallis while Series 2 is packed with great episodes. The very sexy Georgina Hale as Budgie's wife and the excellent Lynn Dalby as Budgie's lover add to the charm. Keith Waterhouse wrote some great stories to be played out here. It is a standout show and fully merits 10 out of 10.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
photo shoot marty-124
What episodes does Georgina Hale feature in? koochie-1
New Budgie Web Pages From October 2006 darkambient
Alternative opening titles ?? culttv-2
Discuss Budgie (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?