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Essex trio returning for Christmas special

ITV comedy Birds Of A Feather is going overseas this Christmas in a feature length hour-long special.

Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph return as the original Essex girls – sister’s Sharon and Tracey and man-eating neighbour Dorien –  in the shows first Christmas special in nearly twenty years.

The ladies will leave the comforts of Chigwell for sunnier climes, the location of which is being kept under wraps – but as usual will see the trio get into all kinds of trouble.

The comedy is written by the series creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran with Gary Lawson and John Phelps.

Show creators, Laurence and Maurice, said “We don’t want to give away too many secrets, but we promise the ITV audience a rollicking Christmas adventure.”

ITV’s Comedy Commissioner Saskia Schuster said “Fans of the show have a real treat in store for them this Christmas.  Travel can test the strongest of relationships, but when mayhem and mishap are thrown into the mix, how closely will our Birds of a Feather stick together?.”

Pauline Quirke said “Us birds all together abroad can only mean one thing – mayhem! I’m really looking forward to filming this feature length Christmas special with the ladies.”

Linda Robson said “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.  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.”

Lesley Joseph said “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.”

Birds Of A Feather is a co-production between Retort, FremantleMedia UK’s scripted comedy label and QuirkyMedia Stuff for ITV.