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


  • TV sitcom
  • Sky One / Channel 4
  • 2011 - 2013
  • 7 episodes (1 series)

Sitcom set in a sleepy English village during the first world war. It follows three young men who are not on the front line fighting. Stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, Jonny Sweet, Sarah Daykin, Emerald Fennell and more.

Episode menu

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 7th September 2013 12:00am Sky1
Sunday 8th September 2013 10:00pm Sky1
Wednesday 11th September 2013 10:00pm Sky1
Wednesday 24th December 2014 1:00am Sky1

Cast & crew

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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