The stars of Birds of a Feather have been reunited as they begin filming the show’s comeback, almost a quarter of a century after it first launched.

Lesley Joseph, Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke are seen at a market stall as they work on a series to be screened in the spring.

Birds of a Feather – in which Pauline and Linda play sisters sharing a home in the posh Essex town of Chigwell after their husbands were sent to prison – was launched 24 years ago, but was axed by the BBC in 1998.

It is now being revived by ITV for a further run, written by the original creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.

Lesley returns to the cast as Sharon and Tracey’s man-eater friend Dorien in the eight-episode run.