The original Birds of a Feather
, which actually began in 1989, ran for the best part of a decade, till Christmas 1998, and notched up over 100 episodes, from 1989.
It followed the lives of two women, Sharon Theodopolopodous (Pauline Quirke, most recently seen in the ITV thriller Broadchurch
) and Tracey Stubbs (Linda Robson) – whose husbands were serving time in prison for their bank-robbing activities – and their neighbour Dorien Green (Lesley Joseph).
According to the British tabloid
, a revival was first offered to the BBC. However, the corporation was only interested in a one-off Christmas special. Then ITV stepped in.
A spokesperson for ITV told the Sun
, “The scripts are great and still crackling with the kind of gags that made it such a big success all those years ago. It’s all very hush-hush right now but ITV are delighted that they’ve managed to land it.”
All three women will return for the ITV remake, which, according to the Daily Telegraph
, will run to eight episodes and start filming in September this year.