Footballers' Wives finally gets UK streaming release

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Photo credit: Warner Bros. Television Productions UK
Photo credit: Warner Bros. Television Productions UK

Footballers Wives is finally coming back to UK screens.

The popular ITV show ran from 2002 to 2006, introducing the world to iconic characters of Tanya Turner, Jackie Pascoe and the ongoing drama surrounding the fictional Earls Park Football Club.

Viewers will be able to re-live the magic from 26th August when it lands on Britbox.

Photo credit: Shed Productions
Photo credit: Shed Productions

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The streaming service tweeted a video montage of iconic clips, adding: "It's all kicking off! Footballers' Wives has been one of the most requested titles yet… and you can stream all 5 series (plus Extra Time) on BritBox from 26th August!"

The show ran for 5 seasons, getting cancelled in 2006 following falling ratings. Zoe Lucker's character Tanya Turner leaving the show was often cited as a reason for the dip in viewers.

The character also appeared in fellow ITV show Bad Girls in a crossover, when she was sent to Larkhall prison.

Producer Liz Lake previously said she has no plans to bring the show back any time soon, but wouldn't rule it out completely.

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Television Productions UK
Photo credit: Warner Bros. Television Productions UK

"If there's an appetite for it, and enough people want it, it would be worth having that conversation," she told the Radio Times. "Whatever job I do, I get people telling me they loved Footballers' Wives. It was an escape and a bit of refreshing camp, but it was still really bold storytelling.

"I think we'd prefer to have an update than a reboot, a revival moving it forward. It's more than just nostalgia, it's about seeing what life is like now."

Lucker added she wouldn't be keen to step back in to Tanya's high heels and acrylic nails.

"The thing that would worry me is, what if it wasn't as good?" she said. "I always panic about that. The fact that people still talk about it the way they do, I would hate for any of us to go back and for any of us to be disappointed and it would be such a shame."

Footballers' Wives will be available on Britbox from August 26, 2021.

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