‘Birds of a Feather’ is making its return to our screens though there will be one big difference to the show. After the original version aired from 1989 until 1998 on the BBC the renewed series will now air on ITV.
The series which stars Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Pauline Quirke ran on the BBC for 102 episodes but apparently the BBC rejected the new concept for the show.
‘Birds of a Feather’ was and most likely still will be a much loved show which followed sisters Sharon (Pauline Quirke) and Tracey (Linda Robson) who moved in together and made friends with cougar neighbour Dorian (Lesley Joseph).
It turns out that the show has made a move to ITV for eight episodes after the BBC only offered the show a Christmas special.
The stars of the show Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Pauline Quirke spoke in an interview with the Daily Mail and addressed the channel switch.
Linda Robson commented: “[The BBC] offered a half-hour Christmas special and ITV promised eight episodes, so funnily enough we decided to go for the eight episodes.
“Apparently there was a policy at the BBC that they didn’t like doing retrospective series. And we needed to bring the characters up to date, which takes more than half an hour, doesn’t it?”
Lesley Joseph who plays their sisters’ neighbour Dorian commented on getting back into the short skirts that viewers know her for.
She said: “I’ve lost a stone and a half to get back into tiny short skirts. Dorian’s outfits are very uncompromising, there’s no room for even that much.”
McBusted star Matt Willis was announced as a newcomer to the show back in September after it was revealed that he would play the role of Tracey’s son Garthy.
Commenting on his role on ‘Birds of a Feather’ Willis said: “I’m so excited to be joining Birds of a Feather playing the role of Garthy! I used to watch the show growing up so this is just a dream job. I can’t believe I’ll be working with Sharon, Tracey and Dorian.”
We wonder if ITV will get to keep the same opening credits as the BBC had when the show aired? Bring back memories anyone?