The Iconic Birds of a Feather Theme

The Birds of a Feather theme tune is a shot of nostalgia for everyone, and here it is in all its glory with lyrics for you to sing along with.

The BOAF Theme

That classic Birds of a Feather theme tune we all know and love is a song written by Irving Berlin in 1923 called "What'll I Do". There's no chance of saying that title without singing it to the tune.

For the first two series of Birds of a Feather a version for the film The Great Gatsby (1974) sung by actor William Atherton was used until Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson recorded their own that featured from series three onwards.

The opening to first series is quite different to the classic sequence we all recall, with the two leads walking towards the camera in white shirts through several spotlights. However, from series two this was changed to incorporate pictures of the growing characters Sharon and Tracey, which can also be seen in the closing credits alongside home video.

In fact, the teenage years actually show Pauline and Linda, who were childhood friends and went to the same theatre school.

Linda Robson (Tracey), Lesley Joseph (Dorien) and Pauline Quirke (Sharon).

Linda Robson (Tracey), Lesley Joseph (Dorien) and Pauline Quirke (Sharon).

The Lyrics

What'll I do
When you are far away
And I am blue,
What'll I do?

When I'm alone
With only dreams of you
That won't come true,
What'll I do?