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'Footballers' Wives' Is Returning as a Musical

'Footballers' Wives' Is Returning as a Musical

If the recent feud between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy - affectionately dubbed 'Wagatha Christie' - has taught us anything, it's that the nation's appetite for WAG-based drama did not end in the noughties.

We'd already heard rumblings that the public row may have inspired a reboot of 2003 Brit drama Footballers' Wives, but now we know for sure it's getting a musical spin off at least!

Yes, the incredible news was confirmed by screenwriter Maureen Chadwick, who revealed the fictional series is being taken to the stage.

Zöe Lucker, Gillian Taylforth, Susie Amy and Katharine Monaghan starred in the original series. (Credit: ITV)
Zöe Lucker, Gillian Taylforth, Susie Amy and Katharine Monaghan starred in the original series. (Credit: ITV)
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Speaking to the Radio Times, Maureen Chadwick confirmed the adaption will be based on the first series of Footballers' Wives, which followed the surreal highs and lows of WAG culture, with Zoe Lucker taking to the helm playing the divisive Tanya Turner, from 2002 to 2006.

With music and lyrics written by Kath Gotts, casting for the adaption is due to begin at the end of the year, with a view to hit theatres in 2020.

This is going to be incredible isn't it? Imagine all the ludicrous storylines of the original series, with added jazz hands.

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Real-life tension kicked off on Wednesday 9th October when Coleen, 33, released an explosive statement aimed at Rebekah, 37, in which the wife of footballer Wayne Rooney, revealed she had orchestrated a stealthy 18-month sting operation on Instagram in a bid to sniff out the person leaking fake stories about her.

The dramz got just about everyone - from Keira Knightly to Piers Morgan - talking, endless memes and Vardy's name being Googled more than Brexit.

Liz Lake, producer and writer of Footballers' Wives, told Radio Times at the time: "If there's an appetite for it, and enough people want it, it would be worth having that conversation," but added: "I think we'd prefer to have an update than a reboot, a revival moving it forward."

'Footballers' Wives' ran for five series from 2002 to 2006. (Credit: ITV)
'Footballers' Wives' ran for five series from 2002 to 2006. (Credit: ITV)
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She added: "It's more than just nostalgia, it's about seeing what life is like now."

Zoe Lucker, who played Tanya Turner in the original, was less sure, saying: "The thing that would worry me is, what if it wasn't as good?

"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."

Well, we might not be getting a TV series, but we have a musical to look forward to. And we cannot wait.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV Entertainment

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.