Chickens is a British sitcom that was first broadcast on Channel 4 as a television pilot on 02 September 2011, as part of the channel’s Comedy Showcase season of comedy pilots.
It was then followed by a six-episode series that was commissioned on Sky One and broadcasting began on 22 August 2013 and ended on 26 September 2013.
The show is about three men who do not go off to fight in the First World War and consequently become social outcasts in their village.
Comedy sitcom set in a small English village during the first world war. It follows three young men who are not on the front line, but fighting each other.
- Simon Bird as Cecil:
- A young man who was rejected from military service due to his flat feet.
- Joe Thomas as George:
- A young man who refuses to participate in the war and in violence altogether.
- Jonny Sweet as Bert:
- The dimwitted man of the trio of Chickens.
- Bert does tend to forget that the war is actually going on.
- Sarah Daykin as Winky: George’s fiancée.
- Emerald Fennell as Agnes, Cecil’s sister.
- Louise Ford as Gracie.
- Amy Dawson as Dot.
- Vicki Pepperdine as Hesta.
- Eileen Davies as Gladys.
- Emma Fryer as Nellie.
- Barry Humphries as Mr. Armstrong, the local headmaster.
- Ellie Kendrick as Constance.
- The Pilot episode was filmed partly on location in the village of Chilham in Kent, shooting exterior scenes in the square, the school and the church yard.
- It was nominated for Best Comedy Programme at the 2014 Broadcast Awards.
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Ben Palmer and Steve Bendelack.
- Producer(s): Georgie Fallon and John Rushton.
- Writer(s): Simon Bird, Jonny Sweet, and Joe Thomas.
- Cinematography: Jamie Cairney.
- Editor(s): William Webb.
- Production: Big Talk Productions.
- Distributor(s): Sky One.
- Release Date: 22 August 2013 to 26 September 2013.
- Running time: 30 minutes (per episode, including adverts).
- Rating: 15.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.