Budgie (1971–1972)

TV Series  |   |  Drama
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 104 users  
Reviews: 3 user

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 »

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 981 titles
created 24 Sep 2012
 
a list of 435 titles
created 04 Jan 2014
 
a list of 112 titles
created 18 Jan 2014
 
list image
a list of 100 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 1916 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Budgie" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Budgie (1971–1972)

Budgie (1971–1972) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Budgie.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1972   1971  

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sweeney! (1977)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Cinematic spin-off from the popular TV series. Hard-bitten Flying Squad officer Jack Regan gets embroiled in a deadly political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate the death of ... See full summary »

Director: David Wickes
Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Barry Foster
The Sweeney (1975–1978)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

British police TV series which revolutionized the genre on UK television in the mid-1970s starring John Thaw as a hard-edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police.

Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan
ITV Playhouse (TV Series 1967)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Stars: Michael Bryant, William Simons, Katherine Barker
Sweeney 2 (1978)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Second cinematic spin-off from the popular 70's police series. Regan & Carter head a Flying Squad investigation into a series of bank raids by a team of well-armed villains who are flying in from the continent.

Director: Tom Clegg
Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Denholm Elliott
The Capone Investment (TV Series 1974)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: Glyn Owen, Peter Sallis, Isobel Black
The Onedin Line (1971–1980)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

James Onedin marries Anne Webster in order to get his hands on a ship. However the marriage turns out to be one of true love. James is ruthless in his attempt to get a shipping line started... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Gilmore, Jessica Benton, Howard Lang
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When he is crossed in love, grocers assistant Norman Puckle joins the Navy, where he is recruited to man the first British rocket.

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Norman Wisdom, Ian Hunter, David Lodge
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This British TV series, shot almost entirely on videotape, dramatized short mystery fiction by authors who were contemporaries of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many of these authors were ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Barkworth, Peter Vaughan, Douglas Wilmer
Armchair Thriller (1978–1981)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Suspense and mystery-themed anthology series.

Stars: Frank Duncan, Maria Aitken, Zena Walker
The Likely Lads (1964–1966)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The adventures of two "likely lads" ostensibly set in the North East of England (but filmed in Willesden Junction, London). Terry and Bob have been friends since childhood. Bob is the ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Don McKillop
Return of the Saint (1978–1979)
Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Simon Templar is a modern day Robin Hood of sorts. He steals from rich criminals and keeps the loot for himself (usually in such a way as to put the rich criminals behind bars). He's ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Ogilvy, Norman Eshley, Edward Brayshaw
Love Hurts (1992–1994)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When Tessa Piggott goes through a messier breakup than most (her married ex-lover and ex-boss left her for a younger mistress), she looks for a new job. Deciding to leave the rat-race, she ... See full summary »

Stars: Adam Faith, Zoë Wanamaker, Tony Selby
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Adam Faith ...
 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

Featured in The Greatest: 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Probably the finest TV drama ever!
22 September 2006 | by (middlesbrough, UK) – See all my reviews

Budgie (or 'The Loser', as it was originally intended to be called) was a big hit with audiences back in 1971/2. It gave 60's songster Adam Faith, another chance at stardom, and led him on an interesting career as an actor. The show highlighted a certain (jailbird/chancer/petty thief/lovable rogue) Ronald 'Budgie' Bird, and his frequent (yet never successful) attempts to make 'easy' money. His futile attempts are also thwarted, due to his connection with Glasweigan sex shop owner/crime boss Charlie Endell (played brilliantly by Iain Cuthbertson) who constantly hangs over Budgie, depriving him of any earnings, and always coming out on top. His henchman, Laughing Spam Fritter (great name) is also menacingly portrayed by John Rhys-Davies. Given Endells questionable background, yet his (seemingly) respectable 'public' facade, the series has a lot to say about class system (or at very least, the idea of a class system) than it does about petty crime in the seventies. Budgie is not without redeeming features, and the one good thing in his life, is (his ever put upon girl-fiend/mother of his child) Hazell (another great down to earth performance by Lynne Dalby.) She constantly stands by her man (even when he seemingly leaves her for other women) yet receives little or no thanks for her endeavours. The show (in it's 26 episode run, in 2 series) covers a lot of ground, and also features some great guest cameos (including: John Thaw, Gordon Jackson, Derek Jacobi and James Bolam, to name but a few) Some (if not most) times this show has a certain comedic flow to it, yet other times, it takes on a darker sinister edge (mostly due to the sometime psychotic rages of Charlie Endell) but all in all, it's not only a great seventies time capsule, but (still to this very day) a highly moving and involving television show, that was long overdue a repeat in the UK (it's last and only repeat, being on Channel 4 circa 1985) but it seems the great minds at Network DVD have put together a excellent release of series 1 & 2 (Series two, also has some great special features)

Highlights from series one are: Out, Grandee Hotel, Everybody Loves A Baby, Sunset Mansions.

Highlights from series two are: And The Lord Taketh Away, Do Me A Favour, Twenty-Four Thousand Ball Point Pens, King For A day, Brief Encounter, Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run, Run, Run

All in all, a great series. Hopefully Network DVD can release the rarely seen 1979 spin off 'Charlie Endell Esq' in the near future?

10 out of 10 (and surprisingly, the first comment, on this great show)


21 of 21 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
Discuss Budgie (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?