Following the success of its first season on ITV, resurrected comedy Birds of a Feather is to return for a second series, with filming to begin later this year.

The series, which stars Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph, began 25 years ago on the BBC before being axed in 1998.

Last year, it returned on ITV, with episodes by original creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran drawing average audiences of 8m in the UK.

Co-creator Gran said: "We're delighted Birds of a Feather was such a success on ITV and really pleased to be asked to write another series. We hope the further adventures of Sharon (Quirke), Tracey (Robson) and Dorien (Joseph) will continue to thrill audiences young and old."

ITV's Director of Comedy and Entertainment, Elaine Bedell, said: "We're very pleased that the brilliant chemistry between these three great actresses once again attracted the large and loyal audience that Birds of a Feather deserves.

"The writers and producers have done a fantastic job in making the show feel funny, fresh and relevant."