Essex girls Sharon, Tracey and Dorian returning.
ITV has recommissioned classic comedy Birds of a Feather for a second 8-part series, made by Retort and QuirkyMedia Stuff and FreemantleMedia UK.
The series penned by original writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran with Gary Lawson and John Phelps, stars Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph as Essex girls Sharon and Tracey Stubbs and Dorian Green.
Following a 15-year break and a channel change from BBC One to ITV, the series has become ITV’s most successful comedy launch in over a decade attracting an average 8 million viewers based on consolidated overnights.
Maurice said: “We’re delighted Birds of a Feather was such a success on ITV and really pleased to be asked to write another series. We hope the further adventures of Sharon, Tracey and Dorien will continue to thrill audiences young and old.”
ITV’s Director of Comedy and Entertainment Elaine Bedell said “We’re very pleased that the brilliant chemistry between these three great actresses once again attracted the large and loyal audience that Birds of a Feather deserves. The writers and producers have done a fantastic job in making the show feel funny, fresh and relevant. “
QuirkyMedia Stuff’s Steve Sheen commented : “After successfully touring the stage show for two years we knew Birds still had appeal but think we were all excited how many viewers let the original Essex girls into their home for some up to date old fashioned fun!”
The comedy will be executive produced by Jon Rolph and Steve Sheen.
The new series of Birds Of A Feather will be filmed later this year.