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Chickens

Season 1 2013

  • 2013-08-22T20:30:00+01:00 on Sky1
  • 30 mins
  • 2 hours, 6 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy

This sharp-witted comedy written by and starring Simon Bird and Joe Thomas, of The Inbetweeners fame, and their long-term collaborator Jonny Sweet (Playhouse Presents).

It's 1914, the Great War rages, millions of men have shipped off to join the fight, yet in the sleepy English village of Rittle-on-Sea, three young chaps, Cecil (Bird), George (Thomas) and Bert (Sweet), have stayed behind.Cecil would love to have earned his battle stripes and has all the makings of a brave soldier, but isn't physically fit to fight on account of his flat feet.

Pacifist teacher George, on the other hand, has no intention of being a part of the conflict because he fundamentally disagrees with it, and Bert, well, he hasn't got a clue what's going on, an outstanding liar and unscrupulous cad who should be in the army and has no legitimate reason not to be.

Lumping the boys together and labelling them cowards, the ladies of Rittle-on-Sea are none-too-pleased about their decision to stick around, including Cecil's sister Agnes (Emerald Fennell, Any Human Heart) and Winky (Sarah Daykin, Dead Boss), George's increasingly embarrassed fiancée.

6 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2013-08-22T20:30:00+01:00 — 21 mins

Comedy about three chaps who have stayed behind in a sleepy English village during the First World War, earning them the reputation of being cowards among the local women. However, while one of them is keen to avoid the conflict, another is unable to fight for medical reasons - and the third is simply too dumb to understand what's going on.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2013-08-29T20:30:00+01:00 — 22 mins

News arrives that the first Rittle man has died in battle, prompting Bert to make a move on his widow. George, meanwhile, faces a moral dilemma at work.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2013-09-05T20:30:00+01:00 — 21 mins

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.

1x04 Episode 4

  • 2013-09-12T20:30:00+01:00 — 21 mins

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.

1x05 Episode 5

  • 2013-09-19T20:30:00+01:00 — 20 mins

Cecil is horrified to learn that George has invited the village leper over for dinner, and he's even more horrified when the village leper stands them up.

1x06 Episode 6

  • 2013-09-26T20:30:00+01:00 — 21 mins

The soldiers are back on leave, which means Cecil, George and Bert finally have some other men to talk to.

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