Birds Of A Feather, the popular 1990s BBC sitcom is to return to television screens for a new series, following a deal with the national independent broadcaster ITV.
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 the Sun, 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 theSun, “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 theDaily Telegraph, will run to eight episodes and start filming in September this year.