UK comedy Birds Of A Feather is to return for a one-off extended Christmas episode, minus one of its key characters.
Pauline Quirke will not be taking part, as she’s stepping back from acting to focus on her performing arts schools. Her character Sharon will be written out, explaining that she’s stuck on a Covid-blighted cruise ship.
The special will mark the first time in three years since the Essex characters graced screens.
According to the press release, the special takes place in “a 2020 no-one could have predicted,” with “big changes in all their lives. Tracey and Dorien have been getting right on each others’ thruppennies, while Sharon has escaped to the other side of the world and is stuck on a Covid-cruise… Who can fill the Sharon-shaped hole in their lives this Christmas?
Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph reprise their roles as Tracey Stubbs and Dorien Green with guest star Les Dennis as Dorien’s new flame Graeme, a cameo from Curtis Walker and Ami Metcalf as Jordan, a young friend of Tracey’s who’s looking forward to a miserable lockdown Christmas.
Show creators, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran said “We’re really excited to help bring Birds of a Feather back to ITV’s screens to give the nation some seasonal cheer in these peculiar times.”
Lesley Joseph said, “I’m so excited to be putting Dorien’s high heels back on for a Christmas special of Birds. It’s been 3 years since viewers last saw us and Dorien’s only gone and got herself a new man! We all need a laugh right now and I promise this special will deliver the festive goods!”
Linda Robson said, “I’m so happy we have a new Birds adventure. Trace and Dor have been at loggerheads with each other for months, will it be a peaceful Christmas in Essex?! The script for this special is brilliant, I promise we’ll have lots of laughs for fans of the show.”
Birds Of A Feather has screened in Australia on UKTV and ABC.