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

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