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.

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Series 1, Episode 4

With so few men around, Cecil becomes paranoid that he is being systematically emasculated. Outraged, he decides to take matters into his own hands and prove his manhood once and for all.

Further details

Chickens. Mr Armstrong (Barry Humphries). Copyright: Big Talk Productions

Cecil finds an ally in Constance, a sympathetic friend who understands just how serious an affliction fallen foot arches can be. It's a shame, then, that Cecil is a bit distracted this week. With so few men around, he's convinced he's being systematically emasculated and, thus, is on a mission to assert his manhood once and for all.

Despite hating everything that the boys stand for, the Headmaster visits the cottage in search of some male company and gets on so famously with Bert that he asks him to cover for George - who is striking over the removal of German from the curriculum. Bert's leftfield approach to teaching proves a hit, not only with the kids but also with Winky, much to George's dismay.

Broadcast details

Thursday 12th September 2013
Sky One
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 13th September 2013 11:00pm Sky1
Sunday 15th September 2013 10:00pm Sky1
Wednesday 18th September 2013 10:00pm Sky1
Wednesday 24th December 2014 1:30am 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
Barry Humphries Mr Armstrong
Guest cast
Ellie Kendrick Constance
Angela Sims Lincoln
Brenock O'Connor Dribbler
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

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