The first episode brings together sisters Tracey Stubbs (Linda Robson) and Sharon Theodopolopolous (Pauline Quirke) after their husbands are sent to prison for armed robbery.
Their worlds collide as Sharon moves from her Edmonton council flat to Tracey’s flashy Chigwell home, and they later befriend neighbour Dorien Green (Lesley Joseph) who has an unfortunate penchant for younger men.
The series’ original run on BBC One ended on Christmas Eve in 1998 and returned after a fifteen-year hiatus on ITV in January 2014 to an audience of 8 million viewers. Pauline reprises the role of Sharon Theodopolopolous in a 2017 Christmas Special due to be aired on Boxing Day.
BAFTA nominated and award-winning Broadchurch ran on ITV from 2013 to 2017 with the story focussing on the hunt for the murderer of an eleven-year-old schoolboy and the subsequent fallout from this.
Inspired by the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and its literary heritage, Broadchurch starred David Tennant and Olivia Coleman as Detective Inspectors Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller. Pauline played the mysterious Susan Wright and described her character as ‘fascinating…totally cold...[she] just seems to always be there just watching and lurking’. She was joined on set by her Labrador Bailey who played the role of Susan’s dog Vince.
With their days numbered, a group of strangers struggle to come to terms with the apocalypse as a comet heads straight towards Earth.
Jamie Winston (Mathew Baynton) works as a bank manager in Slough, living with his best friend Dave Bosley (Joel Fry) and adoptive mother Paula (Pauline Quirke). Ahead of the imminent apocalypse, Jamie vows to find both his missing wife, who disappeared seven years previously, and his biological mother. In his quest to find them, Jamie is struck with the revelation that he has a twin brother.
Meanwhile, Rhonda MacNeil (Jenna Fischer) is imprisoned in New Mexico after taking the blame for a hacking crime committed against the NSA – here she meets a white supremist named Leanne (Megan Mullally) and the two strike up and unlikely alliance.
In Washington D.C., Rhonda’s brother, Scotty (Kyle Soller), and his boyfriend, U.S. General Arnold Gaines (Paterson Joseph) are working again the clock to try and stop the comet. Elsewhere, in The Vatican, Father Jude (Rob Lowe) and Sister Celine (Gaia Scodellaro) work to find the potential Antichrist and the world’s saviour. These people will be drawn together in a series of fateful events to a bunker underneath Slough as they watch the apocalypse take hold.
Early 2015 saw Pauline in ITVs acclaimed drama Broadchurch and in the long running classic sitcom Birds of a Feather. She has also recently completed two highly successful national stage tours of Birds.