After 16 years away from TV screens Birds Of A Feather returned Thursday evening with 7.8 million viewers.

The sitcom which originally aired on BBC One made a comeback on rival ITV Thursday with an impressive 7.8 million viewers, peaking at 8.3 million. It’s thought to be the most watched comedy on ITV since Barbara back in 2000.

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Linda Robson, Pauline Quirke and Lesley Joseph reprised their roles as the Essex girls for the new eight-part series. The creators and writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have teamed up with Gary Lawson and John Phelps to write the series.

Birds Of A Feather airs Thursdays at 8.30pm on ITV

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