Image: ITV
Image: ITV
ITV has announced a special hour long special episode of Birds of a Feather which will air “over the festive period”.

Written by the series regular writing team of creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran with Gary Lawson and John Phelps, the special will take Sharon, Tracey and Dorien “to sunnier places they’ve never been before…far from the comforts of Chigwell”.

Series stars Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph will all return.

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.”

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.”