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Birds of a Feather: The 1990s comedy returns with a surprisingly funny opening episode

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With Still Open All Hours topping the festive TV ratings chart it seems as if sitcom comebacks are one of the big trends right now. Hoping that’s the case are the team behind Birds of a Feather which returns after more than fifteen years away from the screen. Unlike the Open All Hours reboot, this Birds of a Feather remake has been coming for a while and is coming on the back of a very successful theatre tour. Though the three lead actresses are all returning to the roles that first made them famous, there is one big change namely the fact that the long-running BBC1 sitcom is now on ITV.

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‘Birds of a Feather’ stars offered more episodes by ITV

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‘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.

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Birds Of A Feather: ITV release photos from new series (PICTURES)

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In the build-up to the comeback series of popular 90’s sitcom Birds Of A Feather, ITV have released pictures of the cast.

Birds Of A Feather first hit our BBC screens back in 1989 following the lives of sisters Tracey Stubbs (Linda Robson) and Sharon Theodopolopodos (Pauline Quirke) as they adapted to life in Chigwell whilst their husbands, Daryl and Chris, served lengthy prison sentences for armed robbery.
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Broadchurch Episode Seven Review: Susan and Nige’s connection is revealed while Hardy sheds light on the Sandbrook case

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You may have noticed that my Broadchurch review is a little later this week. That’s because there are no preview copies of the last two episodes of Broadchurch available to journalists. While it means I can’t release my review right after transmission, it does mean that I can experience all of the revelations along with everyone else. After watching tonight’s instalment I can see exactly why there were no advance previews as this episode was crammed full of revelations.

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Broadchurch, ITV Ep 6 review: Hardy (David Tennant) places Paul Coates under suspicion & Susan’s past is revealed

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Reading the comments under my weekly reviews or Broadchurch, it’s clear that some of you feel that the programme is being dragged out too long. I personally think that the drawn out nature of the investigation is something that is a credit to the show and I like how it isn’t rushing through the suspects. Indeed that sense of frustration plays into tonight’s episode as eight weeks have now passed since the death of Danny Latimer. With police resources now being cut back it appears as if it will be even harder for Miller and Hardy to solve Danny’s murder. However this episode brings up some new evidence and finally sees the police interrogate one of the major suspects.

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ITV’s Broadchurch Episode 5 review: Jack Marshall’ spills all to Hardy (David Tennant) & boat owner is identified

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In my previous review of Broadchurch I noted how Danny’s murder had made the seaside town a particularly hostile place. Despite the ominous tents now being moved from the beaches, there’s a mood of distrust in the air and that definitely manifests itself in tonight’s episode. As we saw last week, newsagent Jack Marshall’s past was brought up and the police have marked him out to be one of the lead suspects.

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Broadchurch Episode 4 review: More suspects are revealed as Hardy’s health continues to deteriorate

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As we approach the halfway point of Broadchurch it appears as if everybody has their own idea of who the killer is. The last couple of episodes have built up Mark Latimer as the lead suspect in the death of his son Danny. However it was revealed last week that Mark’s flimsy alibi was an attempt to cover up an affair with hotelier Becca Fisher. With Mark now seemingly out of the picture, a number of different characters are being lined up as the potential murder. This fourth instalment sees the citizens of Broadchurch turn on each other as they try to decide who to trust. As more secrets come about Broadchurch’s residents it appears as if nobody in a small community truly knows their neighbours.

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Broadchurch ITV Ep 3 review: Mark is under suspicion while Karen reveals her true motives in another gripping episode

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Those who read my review of last week’s edition of Broadchurch knew that I thought it was a bit of a let-down. After a stunning opener, Broadchurch lost some of its realism by introducing a psychic telephone engineer and a plot involving cocaine. Thankfully I felt tonight’s episode was a return to form even though it did feature the telephone engineer once again. It also felt fairly focused this week as it mainly featured the investigation into whether Mark Latimer killed his son.

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Broadchurch Episode Two: Jodie Whittaker excels again in this (sometimes far fetched) mystery drama

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It seems that, after last week’s opening episode, most of you seem to really enjoy Broadchurch describing it as fabulous and gripping. I personally love the realism of the piece and especially the characters’ reactions to the death of young Danny Latimer. However there was one incredibly far-fetched moment this week which took the realism away from Broadchurch for the first time.

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Broadchurch to be released on DVD May 2013!

Last night saw the premier of the exciting new ITV thriller, Broadchurch, starring former Doctor Who David Tennant, and if you are already hooked, as most of the country appears to be, then you can get the whole 8-part series on DVD!

Tennant, who held the position of BBC world saving Time Lord Doctor Who prior to its current leader Matt Smith, plays out-of-town Detective Inspector Alec Hardy investigating the mysterious death of an 11-year-old boy on a beach at the foot of a cliff at the seaside community of Broadchurch.
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Broadchurch review: David Tennant and Olivia Coleman shine in this brilliantly filmed ITV thriller

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So far this year ITV’s drama output hasn’t been great what with Mr Selfridge still dragging on and Great Night Out flopping in the ratings it seems as if the channel needs a hit. Thankfully they may just have that with Broadchurch a new eight part thriller drama set around a small seaside community who experience a tragedy after a eleven year old boy is killed.

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ITV announce air date for new David Tennant drama, Broadchurch! (VIDEO)

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ITV have now announced that “powerful” drama Broadchurch will debut on Monday 4 March at 9pm, and we have a first look video for you after the jump.

The drama boasts an impressive cast line-up that includes former Doctor Who actor David Tennant as well as Olivia Colman, Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker.

Arthur Davrill also stars in the series as vicar Paul Coates, while Vicky McClure plays a national journalist with a special interest in the case. Former Emmerdale star Pauline Quirke takes on the role of Susan Wright, a mysterious woman with secrets of her own… Read more & comment »

Emmerdale: Pauline Quirke on leaving the show and her amazing weight loss

As fans of Emmerdale will know, Pauline Quirke is about to leave the show and her role as Hazel Rhodes…

And Pauline has been telling the TV Times that she’s going to find it incredibly sad to say goodbye to her co-stars. She also discussed the astonishing weight loss that’s transformed her shape.

First, on leaving the show, Pauline said, “I will be very, very sad to go and there have been lots of tears.

“This has been the happiest 18-months of my life and if my family weren’t 200 miles away in Buckinghamshire, you’d never have got me out of here.”

Of the distance between her home and the show’s studios in Leeds, Pauline added, “The reality of being away from home didn’t kick in for a couple of months.

“I was used to going home every night and cooking and being with my family. But I had a lot of support from the girls – Charley Webb (Debbie), Lucy Pargeter (Chas) and Zoe Henry (Rhona).

“We have got very close and have just had a great weekend in the lakes. They’ve been so good to me… Read more & comment »

Emmerdale: Hazel Rhodes will find Amy Wyatt’s baby boy in a phone box!

This week in Emmerdale, Amy Wyatt (Chelsea Halfpenny) is going to give birth to a little boy, alone and terrified in the village graveyard…

When the baby is born, Amy, in a blind panic, wraps him in a sweater and leaves him in the village phone box, keeping watch from a safe distance to see that someone comes along and finds him.

And that someone is Hazel Rhodes (Pauline Quirke).

Pauline has been telling Soaplife about the dramatic storyline, and what happens when her character discovers the newborn.

She said that on finding the baby, Hazel immediately calls an ambulance, and then as she’s rushing home to warm the baby up, she runs into Zak (Steve Halliwell) and Lisa (Jane Cox) who rush to help… Read more & comment »

Emmerdale star Pauline Quirke reveals she had to take notice of “wake up calls” about her weight

Pauline Quirke, who of course stars in Emmerdale as Hazel Rhodes, has revealed that she decided she has to lose weight after several “wake up calls” showed her she was damaging her health by being obese.

Pauline, who formerly weight 20 stone, is now a trim size 14, but it seems it took lots of warnings to convince her she had to do something about her heavy frame.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Pauline said, “I don’t know how many wake-up calls you need. I had my fair share, I suppose.

“But there were three pretty major ones in the space of a year that gave me the kick I obviously needed.”

Pauline went on to say that the first in a series of “shocks” about her weight came from her doctor, who told she could well need a hip replacement if she didn’t lose some of her bulk.

She said, “That was the lowest point. Needing an operation like that before you’re 50 just isn’t right, and it was really upsetting for me… Read more & comment »