Sky1 Commissions Chickens

New sitcom from two of The Inbetweeners.

2 Mar 2012
by Steve O'Brien


Chickens cast

If you're suffering Inbetweeners withdrawal problems, then prepare for a bit of good news - Sky1 have commissioned a new WWI-era sitcom written by and starring Simon Bird and Joe Thomas, alongside comedian Jonny Sweet. Huzzah!


If Chickens rings a bell, then you might have have caught its pilot on Channel 4 in September, only they passed on commissioning the show. Which is where Sky came in.


The show follows the exploits of three young men who are staying at home rather than fighting in the War. Thomas plays conscientious objector George, Bird is the hapless, flat-footed Cecil, and Sweet the lascivious, sex-hungry Herb.


Sky1 has ordered six episodes from Big Talk Productions, the production company which made the original pilot for Channel 4. Commissioner Lucy Lumsden said, "We have fallen in love with those naughty Chickens and think our customers will do too. We are delighted to give such a talented bunch a home on Sky1."


Simon Bird, Jonny Sweet and Joe Thomas commented, "We're delighted to be joining the Sky family to be making a series of our First World War sitcom, Chickens. It was the war to end all wars, and we hope this will be the comedy to end all comedies."


This show becomes a latest in a long line of commissions for Sky, as it continues its programme of investing £600 million in new British programming.


Chickens is due to go in front of the cameras in December, for a broadcast in the summer of 2013.


Click here for interviews with the cast and some Chicken clippage:



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