ITV has renewed classic comedy Birds of a Feather for a further series.
Starring Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph, the sitcom follows Essex sisters Sharon Theodopolopodos and Tracey Stubbs and their man crazy friend Dorien Green.
“Birds of a Feather has a large and loyal audience and we’re really pleased to be bringing it back, a new series starts shooting later this year.” – ITV Comedy Commissioner, Saskia Schuster
The show originally aired on BBC One between 1989 and 1998 but the beeb’s lack of commitment to a new series saw it transition to ITV for a 2014 revival. Its most recent outing on the commercial network, earlier this year, aired to a consolidated audience of 5 million viewers each week.
The revival is written by original writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran and writing duo Gary Lawson and John Phelps. Fremantle’s scripted comedy arm Retort produce the show for ITV alongside QuirkyMedia Stuff. Fremantle previously acquired Alamo Productions who presided over the BBC runs.
“We’re thrilled that a nation is still in love with Sharon, Tracey and Dorien and delighted that ITV loves them too and have asked us to write what will be the twelfth series of Birds of a Feather. We can promise more feisty fun with the Essex girls.” – Original writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
The new series will be Birds of a Feather‘s twelfth overall and was commissioned for ITV by Director of Comedy and Entertainment, Elaine Bedell and Comedy Commissioner, Saskia Schuster.