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


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.

Series 1, Episode 3

The boys are immediately suspicious when, out of the blue, a pretty girl named Penny asks Cecil to be her boyfriend. Maybe, just maybe, she thinks Cecil is a catch. Or, she's got an ulterior motive.

Further details

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

Back at the cottage, Bert crosses the line one too many times and, following an incident involving a lack of toilet paper and a poem George had written for Winky, finds himself out on his ear.

Alternative living arrangements are soon made, though, with Bert becoming the proud homeowner of a rather extravagant abode. It's just a shame it belongs to a serving soldier.

Dedicated to the cause, the ladies of Rittle-on-Sea also step up their hate campaign against the trio by implementing a 'noise rota'.

Broadcast details

Thursday 5th September 2013
Sky One
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Simon Bird Cecil
    Joe Thomas George
    Jonny Sweet Bert
    Sarah Daykin Winky
    Emerald Fennell Agnes
    Louise Ford Gracie
    Amy Dawson Dot
    Vicki Pepperdine Hesta
    Eileen Davies Gladys
    Emma Fryer Nellie
    Guest cast
    Jessica Barden Penny
    Lynda Rooke Glenda
    Writing team
    Simon Bird Writer
    Joe Thomas Writer
    Jonny Sweet Writer
    Tim Key Script Editor
    Production team
    Ben Palmer Director
    John Rushton Producer
    Kenton Allen Executive Producer
    Caroline Leddy Executive Producer
    Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
    Matthew Justice Executive Producer
    Simon Bird Associate Producer
    Jonny Sweet Associate Producer
    Joe Thomas Associate Producer
    Charlie Fawcett Editor
    Julian Nagel Production Designer
    Ty Unwin Composer

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