When Birds of a Feather returned to television after 15 years, no one could've predicted what happened.
The first episode was watched by almost 8 million people and peaked at 9.5m. Making it their highest rating sitcom since Barbara in 2000 and consistently rated higher than ITV's flagship sitcom Benidorm.
I have to admit that when I first heard that the birds were reuniting, I was a little bit concerned. The original was so good and so memorable that I was worried it wouldn't translate to the modern day, and if I'm honest the move to ITV from BBC worried me somewhat.
But I needn't have worried because it was brilliant, and that was thanks to an original cast and the original writers being on board for the revived series. In fact, the series was so successful that as soon as it ended, ITV announced that it had commissioned a second series which begins on Boxing D