Birds of a Feather - original seriesClassic BBC sitcom Birds Of A Feather is to make a Television comeback after 15 years, however the new series will air on ITV.

The show, starring Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson, originally aired on the BBC between 1989 and 1998. According to Radio Times, the BBC were given first refusal on the new series but would only agree to a Christmas special which left the way clear for ITV to move in with the offer of a full series.

Quirke and Robson will both reprise their roles as sisters Sharon and Tracey who set up home together after their husbands are jailed for armed robbery. Their neighbour man crazy Dorian played by Lesley Joseph will also be returning.

An ITV Spokesperson said:  “We can confirm that we have commissioned a new series of Birds of Feather and we’re really excited to be welcoming Sharon, Tracey and Dorien to ITV. We will confirm more details in due course.”

The series has been written by original writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran alongside writing duo Gary Lawson and John Phelps.

Fremantle will produce the new eight part series alongside Retort and QuirkeyMedia. Filming will commence in the Autumn with the show transmitting next year.

A stage revival of the show starring Quirke, Robson and Joseph proved successful last year.

Alomo Productions produced the original run of 102 episodes for the BBC, the archive and company is now part of Fremantle.

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