ITV reveals bad news for fans of Birds of a Feather - and another show

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Birds of a Feather won't be coming back

Birds of a Feather won’t be returning for anymore episodes on ITV, it’s been revealed.

The legendary comedy was originally broadcast on BBC1, before making a triumphant comeback on ITV in 2014.

Fans once again fell in love with the antics of Sharon (Pauline Quirke), Tracey (Linda Robson) and Dorien (Lesley Joseph).

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Former EastEnders star Martin Kemp popped up in Birds of a Feather

However, The Mirror reports that ITV boss Kevin Lygo has revealed it won’t be coming back. “We had success with Birds of a Feather, that was our most successful sitcom in years, but it’s come to a sort of natural end,” he said.

The ITV head also revealed that Jack Dee’s comedy Bad Move won’t be coming back.

“We had two series of the Jack Dee sitcom but I don’t think we’re continuing with it now. It’s just very very hard,” he said, talking about the general future of scripted comedy.

Bad Move showing Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman in series two, which returns on Wednesday 19th September

Bad Move, starring Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman, returned for a second series on ITV last year, but there won't be anymore episodes

Bad Move followed the adventures of Steve (Jack Dee) and Nicky (Kerry Godliman) as they decide to escape the rat race and buy a house to repair in rural Yorkshire. Obviously, things don’t go quite to plan. The comedy also starred Strictly Come Dancing contestant Seann Walsh.

Birds of a Feather, which was first shown in 1989, was created by the great comedy partnership of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, whose other famous shows include Goodnight Sweetheart, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, and Love Hurts, featuring Adam Faith and Zoe Wanamaker.

Of course, there's always the possibility that another broadcaster might pick up either show...

David Hollingsworth

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