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

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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?

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

Yup that's it MrsDeVere.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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


I love it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

blimey touchy love

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Absolute rubbish but I still watch it for old times sakes

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.

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?

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

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


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.

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