Classic comedy, Birds of a Feather, is returning to the small screen, but will air on ITV rather than on its original channel, BBC, according to reports.

It may have pulled in audiences of over 20million every week for the BBC, but the big bosses at the TV channel has said no to a revival of the 1990s' hit show Birds of a Feather.

However, rival station, ITV is reported to have jumped at the chance to sign up actresses Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph for eight brand new episodes of the sitcom.

The show’s original creators, Laurence Marks and Maurice Ghan, initially approached the BBC with the idea of reviving the series, but they passed, only opting for a Christmas special.

And ITV insider told The Sun: “The idea has been kicking around for a while and all the cast were up for it. Top brass heard that the writers had only been offered a one-off special at the BBC, so they decided to strike.

“The scripts are great and still crackling with the kind of gags that made it such a big success all those years ago.

“It’s all very hush-hush right now but ITV are delighted that they’ve managed to land it.”

The show ran on the BBC for 102 episodes. It tells the tales of two sister, hard-up Sharon and well-off Tracey (Quirke and Robson), who set up home together after their husbands are both jailed for armed robbery.

Lesley plays their man-eating neighbour Dorien Green.

Speaking about the show recently Lesley said: “People remember Birds Of A Feather so fondly because it didn’t tail off at the end, the standard of the scripts didn’t deteriorate.

“None of us would want to make a new series that was below standard.”