. . . to think 'Birds of a Feather' is as unfunny now as it was then?

(53 Posts)
SuzanneUK Sun 19-Jan-14 21:04:17

Why have the BBC re-commissioned 'Birds of a Feather'?

Are they so desperate for comedy that they're willing to scrape the bottom of the barrel hard enough to dredge up out-dated and thoroughly unfunny stuff like this?

sonlypuppyfat Sun 19-Jan-14 21:05:17

I with you silly childish humour.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 19-Jan-14 21:08:47

isn't on itv now

WooWooOwl Sun 19-Jan-14 21:13:46

I can't even bring myself to watch it, and I didn't mind it the first time round.

There is something incredibly cringeworthy about the whole thing.

whitepuddingsupper Sun 19-Jan-14 21:15:29

I remember it being better, am finding the new series very disappointing. The only good character is Sharon, the other two are wooden and irritating.

TheWitTank Sun 19-Jan-14 21:18:22

It really is first class shite isn't it! I remember it always being dire though.

Morgause Sun 19-Jan-14 21:18:41

YANBU. Every bit as awful as it ever was.

pigsDOfly Sun 19-Jan-14 21:18:50

It's appalling. I watched the first one in amazement at its awfulness. Thought I'd give it a second chance when the second episode was on, but no, it was just as bad.

southeastastra Sun 19-Jan-14 21:19:31

if you've never liked it i don't suppose you would like it now, mil seems happy it's back

Cranky01 Sun 19-Jan-14 21:20:11

It's bad, really bad, tracy just plays herself, it's a shame as Sharon's not a bad actor, when she was in emmerdale and broadchurch she was good much better then world of quid

SecretNutellaFix Sun 19-Jan-14 21:20:49

Yep, it's just as dire.

newyearhere Sun 19-Jan-14 21:21:50

Oh no! It's bland and not funny at all. There are other programmes which deserve to come back, but not this one.

stardusty5 Sun 19-Jan-14 21:22:02

I think its ok- hardly hilarious but its entertaining enough for half an hour, and better imo than Benidorm that everyone seems to love.

Each to their own

DameEdnasBridesmaid Sun 19-Jan-14 21:23:11

BBC didn't re commission it. ITV did.

It's identical to the original, ok for a bit of nostalgia but that's about it.

Trace and Sharon sleeping on a sofa together? Believable. Er no.

navada Sun 19-Jan-14 21:24:44

Sharon is the only one who can actually act so I watch it for her.
& Benidorm is hilarious! I love it.

ChippingInWadesIn Sun 19-Jan-14 21:26:34

<swims against the tide>

It has made me laugh. I think it's nostalgia though, I'm pretty sure if it was a new series I wouldn't find it funny.

I am enjoying Pat & Cabbage though grin (recorded from last year, only just watching it)

SingingGerbil Sun 19-Jan-14 21:38:08

Really disappointed. Watched the first one and couldn't bring myself to watch the second. It has definitely had its day.

navada Sun 19-Jan-14 21:46:45

Obviously why the BBC didn't want it.
It is shite, but Dorian makes me laugh ( a bit )

SuzanneUK Sun 19-Jan-14 21:59:27

Ah, I sit corrected.

It used to be bloody awful on BBC 1 and now it's bloody awful on ITV.

Apologies to the BBC for suggesting it was they who dredged up this rotting corpse from the graveyard of crap comedy.

Obviously the Beeb haven't gone completely mad (yet).

wetaugust Sun 19-Jan-14 22:04:47

Not funny and quite mean-spirited.

PoshPaula Sun 19-Jan-14 22:05:15

YANBU. Rubbish then and still is now.

Chottie Sun 19-Jan-14 22:10:16

I am another one not watching.

Newmummee Sun 19-Jan-14 22:17:01

It's so bad, also why have they brought back the kumars?? That wasn't funny then and isn't funny now!! You can't really go back with comedies like these, and by that I mean shit ones!

WitchWay Sun 19-Jan-14 22:18:15

I liked Dorian - she was quite funny. Otherwise agree pretty crap

southeastastra Sun 19-Jan-14 22:19:16

oh god so what there are hundreds of programmes on the telly that i don't like and i wouldn't bother starting a thread about it

bisjo Sun 19-Jan-14 22:21:00

I loved the Kumars so I'm sad that it isn't on terresterial tv so we will miss it.

southeastastra Sun 19-Jan-14 22:21:07

i mean it would be different if you loved it back then and are appalled at how bad the new series is, but you didn't like it then so why would that change?

i am personally bored shiteless of the bbc bake offs and period dramas they seem to show all the blinking time, if i posted about all the shows i hates i would be on here all bleeding day grin

NinjaPenguin Sun 19-Jan-14 22:22:31

YANBU. It's like, I know a few friends who live nearby where it's set and so on. The whole time I'm confused that I'm meant to find it funny hmm

navada Sun 19-Jan-14 22:41:02

southeastastra;

Birds of a feather is topical because it's been brought back after many years. we're discussing whether it's funnier, worse, or the same old crap it always was.
Defo worthy of a thread.

aquashiv Sun 19-Jan-14 22:44:18

watching now its the constant laughing at nothing why do we still have that on tv programmes I like to laugh when I want thankyous

southeastastra Sun 19-Jan-14 22:51:04

well yes but if you didn't like it at the time why would you like it now?

loveliesbleeding1 Sun 19-Jan-14 22:53:13

I did like the show first time around, tracey really grew into her character, from a real wimp to a woman running a business.Now it just seems like there is nowhere for any of them to go, maybe if they were still with daryl and chris it might have been a bit better.

ItStillLooksLikeRainDear Sun 19-Jan-14 22:55:13

Absolute rubbish but I still watch it for old times sakes

M0naLisa Sun 19-Jan-14 22:56:56

I'm loving it but I don't like Matt Willis in it hmm

SuzanneUK Sun 19-Jan-14 23:06:10

there are hundreds of programmes on the telly that i don't like and i wouldn't bother starting a thread about it

Nobody's asking you to start one.

And if you don't like this thread, you might like to think about fucking off going away and finding one you do like.

Have a lovely evening.

MiconiumHappens Sun 19-Jan-14 23:16:09

I was expecting to feel let down, but I really like it.

southeastastra Sun 19-Jan-14 23:19:54

you're the one who said you didn't like it in the first place ! so what was the point in starting a thread saying you didn't like it now. eff off yourself

southeastastra Sun 19-Jan-14 23:20:36

blimey touchy love

ComposHat Sun 19-Jan-14 23:20:38

Pauline Quirke is a really good actor, what she's doing returning to this tired old shite god only knows. I can only assume she felt sorry for her old mate Linda Robson, who isn't any great aby great shakes in the acting department and can only realky play one character: mouthy, rough around the edges cockney woman.

ComposHat Sun 19-Jan-14 23:22:11

Pauline Quirke is a really good actor, what she's doing returning to this tired old shite god only knows. I can only assume she felt sorry for her old mate Linda Robson, who isn't any great aby great shakes in the acting department and can only realky play one character: mouthy, rough around the edges cockney woman.

Thisvehicleisreversing Sun 19-Jan-14 23:52:57

I loved Birds first time round and was hoping the new series would be as good.

I love the 3 main characters but hate that Garthy has turned up with his girlfriend and her daughter. I like Matt Willis but he can't act and the woman playing his girlfriend is a dreadful actor too.

I also don't like how Dorien is skint and having to live with everyone else.

It could have been great with a story around the 3 women with Travis at home but they've ruined it by bringing pointless characters into it.

CynicalandSmug Mon 20-Jan-14 00:00:14

I loved it before and I am enjoying it now. But I am at odds with most of the viewing public as I detest soaps, X factor, big brother and all the rest of that old tosh. There is so little on worth watching am I not entirely sure why I have a television.

PoshPaula Tue 21-Jan-14 13:26:11

You are right Compo - Pauline Quirke is an excellent actress who has been great in dramas. I truly don't know why she bothers with BOAF rubbish. Needs to earn a living, I guess.

DramaAlpaca Tue 21-Jan-14 13:31:46

YANBU. It wasn't funny then & I'm sure it won't be funny now (haven't actually watched it).

Agree with Compo that Pauline Quirke is wasted on it. She's developed into a fine character actress.

SamU2 Tue 21-Jan-14 13:38:05

YABU

I love it.

loopylouu Tue 21-Jan-14 13:45:47

It's shit, but I fancy the arse off Matt Willis, so I'll keep watching.

Coumarin Tue 21-Jan-14 13:52:23

I'm enjoying it but it could be more nostalgia than anything else. The 3rd episode, (where they find the money), was awful.

Agree about the new characters. Are we supposed to really dislike Garth's girlfriend? Annoying caw.

MW was wooden when we saw him in Wicked. Good singer though.

clarinetV2 Tue 21-Jan-14 14:27:31

I loved the original and was excited about it coming back. But having watched the first episode and the first five minutes of the second, I've decided not to bother with it any more. I thought Sharon and Tracy in the original were brilliant - bright, savvy women coping in their different ways with a pretty rotten hand dealt to them, and managing to have a laugh with each other. I loved the way the relationship between the three main characters but especially the sisters developed, from its tentative beginning to something brash and abrasive at times, but strong and enduring. In the new series they just seemed sour and embittered and the joy and fun had gone out of their relationship. A model of how not to grow older, I think.

I agree with compo, poshpaula and drama that Pauline Quirke is a fantastic actress. Does anyone on this thread remember Pauline's Quirkes, a kind of magazine programme for teens? I think Linda Robson had bit-parts in it, but the young PQ was the mainstay. I remember hurrying back from school so as not to miss the beginning in those pre-video, pre-iplayer days. feeling old now

ComposHat Tue 21-Jan-14 15:34:35

No, I don't remember her in Pauline's Quirks (I see what they did there!) but I remember Linda Robson in Shine on Harvey Moon (written by the same people as Birds of a Feather)

Pauline Quirke was in the last series too and was good in that too.

PoshPaula Tue 21-Jan-14 15:43:36

Pauline Quirke played a murderess in a drama of a crime novel, can't remember the name, and she was fantastic. Really scary (strangely enough!). She was good in Down to Earth as well.

MrsDeVere Tue 21-Jan-14 16:01:45

The Sculptress

Justholdthesmile Tue 21-Jan-14 16:11:07

It used to be bloody awful on BBC 1 and now it's bloody awful on ITV.

But how would you know?

Why if you hated it so much the first time round would you watch it now? I find that quite odd.

It's not hilarious, but it's ok for a half an hour slot once a week.

To have reached 10 series it must be doing something right.

PoshPaula Tue 21-Jan-14 16:12:16

Yup that's it MrsDeVere.

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