In keeping with the BBC’s tradition in 2016 of reviving and/or rebooting classic comedy series (i.e. Young Hyacinth, Are You Being Served, Goodnight Sweetheart, Porridge, Cold Feet) comes news that ITV will turn to the classic 90s BBC sitcom, Birds of a Feather for a Christmas treat for viewers. It was ITV the brought back the popular sitcom in 2014 after 15 years on the shelf. Three series have aired since its return with a fourth on the way in late-2017 following the Christmas one-off.
Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph are all set to return as Sharon Theodopolopodos, Tracey Stubbs and Dorien Green for a Christmas special that does nothing more, at this point, than promise mayhem from somewhere abroad in Malta, a location far from the friendly confines of Chigwell. The three ‘birds of a feather’ seemed understandably overjoyed at the prospect of, once again, getting the band back together.
“Us birds all together abroad can only mean one thing – mayhem!” said Quirke. “I’m really looking forward to filming this feature length Christmas special with the ladies.”
“Thank God it’s official, us birds are all going to be doing an hour long Christmas special not in Essex but we’re filming abroad for the first time in nearly 20 years,” Robson added. “I’m so excited, the story line is brilliant and we’re all so looking forward to Shal, Trace and Dor going on an amazing adventure.”
Joseph continue: “I’m very excited to be flying abroad again with the birds for a Christmas special. I can only imagine the capers we’re going to get up to, I can’t wait to put the nails back on and create havoc wherever we land. Seriously though, I couldn’t be more happier to be working with two of my favourite people in the whole world.”
Not that you need a refresher but here’s a quick look back at the trailer for last years’ Christmas special on ITV.