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 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


    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
    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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