1914. The Great War rages. Men in their millions have shipped off to join the fight. But in the village of Rittle-on-Sea, three chaps have stayed behind: George (Joe Thomas), a conscientious objector; Cecil (Simon Bird), a reject from the army on health grounds; and then there’s Bert (Jonny Sweet), an amoral philandering scaredy-cat.
They couldn’t be more different, but in the eyes of their neighbours they’re all the same: Chickens. So in a world of women, children and the infirm, these fellows have only each other for company and nothing else in common. Every day they live in fear of being labeled as cowards, an argument they’ve already lost in the mere act of still being in England. With every other man abroad, fighting for King and country, can George, Cecil and Bert claw themselves back into the good books of the ladies on the home front?
Chickens is a sitcom about three men on the wrong side of history. It’s about trying to be happy even when it’s embarrassing to be seen to be happy; about starting with the assumption that you’re going to hell and building from there.
Featuring Barry Humphries, Sally Phillips, Emerald Fennell, Sarah Daykin, Eileen Davies, Vicki Pepperdine, Emma Fryer, Amy Dawson, Louise Ford and Dan Renton Skinner.
Broadcaster: Sky One
Episodes: 6 x 30′
Written by and Starring: Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Jonny Sweet
Director: Steve Bendelack (Pilot), Ben Palmer (Series)
Producer: John Rushton
Executive Producers: Kenton Allen and Caroline Leddy