With the nation still feeling warm and fuzzy about the fact that Birds of a Feather is back on our screens, albeit ITV ones this time, one of its main stars has come out to say that she hopes that another seris is commissioned.
Birds of a Feather captured the hearts of the nation back in the 90’s as it told us the story of sisters Sharon (Pauline Quirke) and Tracey (Linda Robson) as they struggled through life in Chigwell Essex, with their promiscuous neighbour Dorien Green (Lesley Joseph), whilst their husbands served time in prison for armed robbery.
The show was a huge success and remained one of the country’s best loved sitcoms for the best part of a decade before finally ending and moving to a touring production on stage.
However this New Year saw the show returned for its 10th series, with all three of the main original stars reprising their roles, making the country fall instantly back in love with it, which Lesley Joseph has been gushing about to Digital Spy!
Joseph, who plays Dorien in the ITV sitcom, explained to the website what the response to the shows return had been like:
“I’m really thrilled. Before the first episode, all of us were so, so nervous. We were counting down the sleeps and watching in the corner of the room thinking, ‘Please like it, please like it’.
“Life has changed, sitcoms have changed, but I think we’ve tapped into a family audience that probably never really went away.”
On the prospect of a second series, Joseph admits that she would jump at the chance to do one, if asked:
“Everyone is keeping their powder dry until the end of the series. If it suddenly dropped to 2 million by the end of the series, they may think twice. But I’d love to do another series. I don’t know if they’ve had serious discussions, but we’ll only hear about it when ITV make an offer and we can then properly talk about it. It would be wonderful though.
“The characters have all got legs still, all of them, especially mine, which have been getting particularly good reviews. I can’t complain about that. I have been working hard to make them look good. It’s not been easy for a woman of my age to get them looking like this.”
And it seems that the transition from BBC to ITV has been an exciting one, as Joseph explained:
“They’ve even put us on the lifts at ITV Studios. We’re like the new Ant & Dec. On the lifts they have picture of Linda on one side and Pauline on the other and me in the middle. And when the lifts open, my legs open! It’s hysterical.
“Someone pointed it out to me the other day. They said, ‘Are you aware that every time I get in the lift at work, the doors open and so do your legs?’ It’s hysterical. For us to have made it onto ITV’s lifts, that’s huge. People have sent me pictures of adverts on the tube. We’re talking 15 years later. It’s scary. How many people get that second chance?”
Birds of a Feather continues tonight at 8.30pm on ITV1 / ITV1 HD.