Chickens

Series 1 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
David Crawford

Next year we can expect a glut of dramas and documentaries marking the centenary of the start of the First World War, but cheeky Sky1 has snuck in first with this misfiring comedy set during the Great War.

Don’t expect brave Tommies and battlefield pets, though. The three main characters, Cecil, George and Bert, are all at home in Blighty while the war rages on the continent. The reasons why they’re not fighting? Flat feet, pacifism and an obliviousness to the fact there is actually a war going on, respectively.

Written by and starring The Inbetweeners’ Simon Bird and Joe Thomas, and long-time collaborator Jonny Sweet, the characters feel overly familiar: Cecil’s a bumptious prig, George is confused and lovelorn. Only Sweet’s libidinous idiot Bert adds some vim to the laboured reality of the men being reviled by the womenfolk of their village.

About this programme

1/6. 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. Written by and starring Simon Bird and Joe Thomas, of Inbetweeners fame, and their collaborator Jonny Sweet, with Barry Humphries, Sarah Daykin and Emerald Fennell.

Cast and crew

Cast

Cecil
Simon Bird
George
Joe Thomas
Bert
Jonny Sweet
Agnes
Emerald Fennell
Winky
Sarah Daykin
Mr Armstrong
Barry Humphries

Crew

Director
Ben Palmer
Executive Producer
Kenton Allen
Executive Producer
Caroline Leddy
Producer
John Rushton
Writer
Simon Bird
Writer
Joe Thomas
Writer
Jonny Sweet
Categories
Comedy

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