Birds of a Feather set for TV return?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 February 2013
Pauline Quirke

Pauline Quirke

'Birds of a Feather' looks set to return to TV after Pauline Quirke revealed a script has been commissioned by the BBC and written by the series creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran

'Birds of a Feather' looks set to return to TV.

Pauline Quirke - who starred in the popular 1990s sitcom alongside Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph - has revealed a "brilliant" new script has been commissioned by the BBC, and the 53-year-old star is hoping the series will get the go ahead to return to the small screen.

She said: "The BBC have commissioned a script which has been written by Laurence [Marks] and Maurice [Gran], who created the series, and it's one of the funniest things I've ever read. It's brilliant. They've so got it after all these years.

"So we're just waiting to hear now. But I believe it's sitting on a desk somewhere at the BBC. "

The show follows the misadventures of the three main characters, sisters Sharon and Tracey Stubbs - played by Pauline and Linda respectively - and their middle-aged maneater neighbour Dorien Green (Lesley).

Pauline, Linda and Lesley are to embark on their second 'Birds of a Feather' stage tour later this month, and Pauline admits it was like the trio hadn't ever been apart when they reunited for the successful production last year.

She explained: "It was like we'd never been away. It was just amazing it really was. I mean, obviously we all look 30/40 years older, but it was just like we left off last weekend.

"Considering we've got a combined age of about 300 we don't look too bad."

Despite her lengthy acting career, Pauline admits she was "absolutely terrified" before going on stage for the 'Birds of a Feather' production last year.

Speaking on Sky1's 'Soccer AM' - on which she appeared with her son Charlie Quirke, who plays Tracey's son Travis in the stage show - she added: "I'd never done a tour before and I haven't done theatre for 25 years so I was terrified last year. Absolutely terrified. But at least I know I can do it now. We did a 17-week tour and it sold out in a lot of places. So I know I can do it but I'll still be terrified.

"But once you're on there the fear goes. It's like you start doing your job and it was like doing the TV series again but 14 years on. And because Charlie is on there I didn't want him to see me getting in a state about it all and it was fine."

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