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Birds of a Feather fly abroad

Published: Wed 13 Jul 2016

Birds of a Feather fly abroad
This Winter on ITV, hit comedy Birds of a Feather will return to the channel in a feature length hour long special to air over the festive period – its first overseas location based Christmas special in nearly 20 years*.
Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph return as the original Essex girls Sharon Theodopolopodos, Tracey Stubbs and Dorien Green in a brand new story for the popular trio.
The special will see the ladies on an adventure that takes them to sunnier places they’ve never been before…far from the comforts of Chigwell.
The episode will be written by the series regular writing team of creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran with Gary Lawson and John Phelps. Produced by John Pocock and Executive Producers will be Jon Rolph and Steve Sheen.  
Show creators, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran said "We're delighted and excited to be embarking on a new adventure with these three incomparable characters. We don't want to give away too many secrets, but we promise the ITV audience a rollicking Christmas adventure.”
ITV’s Comedy Commissioner Saskia Schuster said “Fans of the show have a real treat in store for them this Christmas.  Travel can test the strongest of relationships, but when mayhem and mishap are thrown into the mix, how closely will our Birds of a Feather stick together?.”
Pauline Quirke said “Us birds all together abroad can only mean one thing - mayhem! I’m really looking forward to filming this feature length Christmas special with the ladies.”
Linda Robson said “Thank God it's official, us birds are all going to be doing an hour long Christmas special not in Essex but we’re filming abroad for the first time in nearly 20 years.  I’m so excited, the story line is brilliant and we’re all so looking forward to Shal, Trace and Dor going on an amazing adventure.”
Lesley Joseph said “I’m very excited to be flying abroad again with the birds for a Christmas special.  I can only imagine the capers we’re going to get up to, I can’t wait to put the nails back on and create havoc wherever we land.  Seriously though, I couldn’t be more happier to be working with two of my favourite people in the whole world.”
Birds Of A Feather has been commissioned for ITV by Comedy Commissioning Editor Saskia Schuster. 
It is a co-production between Retort, FremantleMedia UK’s scripted comedy label and QuirkyMedia Stuff for ITV.
* Previous Christmas special locations include USA, Berlin and Ireland.