Chickens. Image shows from L to R: Cecil (Simon Bird), George (Joe Thomas), Bert (Jonny Sweet). Copyright: Big Talk Productions.

Chickens

Sky One and Channel 4 sitcom about men avoiding going to war. 7 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2011 - 2013. Stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, Jonny Sweet, Sarah Daykin and others.

Pilot - Comedy Showcase: Chickens

It's the First World War. Our nation's heroes are fighting the good fight on foreign soil, but in one sleepy English village three young men remain: George is a conscientious objector, Cecil has flat feet and Bert really is a coward, unfortunately.

Further details

Chickens. Image shows from L to R: George (Joe Thomas), Cecil (Simon Bird), Bert (Jonny Sweet). Copyright: Big Talk Productions.

Comedy Showcase, in which rising stars from the UK comedy scene showcase their talents in 30-minute specials, returns for a new series, starting with a quirky period British comedy written by and starring Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Jonny Sweet.

They're the only men in the village, and all the women hate them. It's the First World War. Our nation's heroes are fighting the good fight on foreign soil, but in one sleepy English village three young men remain: George is a conscientious objector, Cecil has flat feet and Bert really is a coward, unfortunately.

In the eyes of their neighbours they're all the same - chickens. So in a world of women, children and the infirm, these twenty-something chaps have only each other for company and nothing else in common.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 2nd September 2011
Time
10:30pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
35 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Simon Bird Cecil
Joe Thomas George
Jonny Sweet Bert
Sarah Daykin Winky
Emerald Fennell Agnes
Guest cast
Olivia Hallinan Gwyneth
Flora Spencer-Longhurst Gracie
Jessica Barden Barmaid
Felicity Montagu Meriel
Joanna Scanlan Mrs Snedden
Rupert Vansittart Headmaster
Thomas Benn-Woolley Archie
Alfie Nash Mrs Honeywell's Son
Catherine Tyldesley Mrs Honeywell
Writing team
Simon Bird Writer
Joe Thomas Writer
Jonny Sweet Writer
Production team
Steve Bendelack Director
John Rushton Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
Paul Machliss Editor
Jeff Sherriff Production Designer

Videos

Dead Man's Wife

How soon after his death is it acceptable to court a dead man's wife?

Featuring: Simon Bird (Cecil), Jonny Sweet (Bert), Olivia Hallinan (Gwyneth).

The Civilian Relief Committee

Featuring: Simon Bird (Cecil), Jonny Sweet (Bert), Joanna Scanlan (Mrs Snedden).

Anyone for Crow?

Tough times at dinner...

Featuring: Simon Bird (Cecil), Joe Thomas (George), Jonny Sweet (Bert), Sarah Daykin (Winky), Emerald Fennell (Agnes), Felicity Montagu (Meriel).

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