Chirpy Cockney petty crook Ronald "Budgie" Bird is the main character in this British television series. Budgie was the eternal failure, with every scam, and every attempt to make his ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Adam Faith ...  Ronald 'Budgie' Bird 26 episodes, 1971-1972
Iain Cuthbertson ...  Charlie Endell 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Lynn Dalby Lynn Dalby ...  Hazel Fletcher 22 episodes, 1971-1972
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Chirpy Cockney petty crook Ronald "Budgie" Bird is the main character in this British television series. 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>

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Release Date:

9 April 1971 (UK) See more »

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The Loser See more »

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(26 episodes)

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Mono

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Black and White (episodes 1-4)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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It was while a third season 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 »

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Budgie Brilliance
23 March 2012 | by PosteLafayetteGavSee 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.


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