ITV reveals it’s axing two sitcoms – including classic comedy Birds of a Feather

Classic sitcom Birds of a Feather has ended five years after being revived by ITV.

The former BBC comedy, starring Linda Robson, Pauline Quirke and Lesley Joseph, proved an instant hit for the channel in 2014, having been off air for 16 years.

But after three series and two Christmas specials, there are no plans for any more.

ITV boss Kevin Lygo said today: “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.”

ITV reveals it's axing two sitcoms - including classic comedy Birds of a Feather

ITV’s Director of Television Kevin Lygo

ITV reveals it's axing two sitcoms - including classic comedy Birds of a Feather

Jack Dee’s sitcom Bad Move, which featured Seann Walsh, has also been axed
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Jack Dee’s sitcom Bad Move – which also stars disgraced Strictly contestant Seann Walsh – will also not return.

Lygo said the future of scripted comedy on ITV remained “quite bleak”. 

“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.

Viewers should instead get their laughs from the soaps, he urged. “Audiences can get their fix of character-based comedy from Corrie,” he said, saying that Steve McDonald and his on-off wife Tracy were “like a sitcom”.

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