Birds Of A Feather to fly overseas for Christmas special
The Birds Of A Feather cast are to travel abroad for a feature-length Christmas special, ITV has announced.
The show marks the return of Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph for the first festive episode of the show filmed overseas in more than 20 years.
The special will see Sharon Theodopolopodos, Tracey Stubbs and Dorien Green travel from their homes in Chigwell, Essex, in a new adventure.
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."
Robson added: "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 storyline is brilliant and we're all so looking forward to Shal, Trace and Dor going on an amazing adventure."
Meanwhile, Joseph is particularly excited to return to her trademark long manicure.
She 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 happy to be working with two of my favourite people in the whole world."
The show, which has been running since 1989, follows two sisters left to fend for themselves after their husbands are arrested for armed robbery, and their man-eating neighbour.
The Christmas episode will be written by the regular team of creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran with Gary Lawson and John Phelps.
Marks and 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."
Saskia Schuster, comedy commissioner at ITV, 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?"