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.
George has news for his housemates - he has invited Miss Trimble for dinner. Unlike Bert, who even has a bath in brown water for the occasion, Cecil is horrified as Miss Trimble is the village leper. He is even more annoyed when she fails to show up, believing that she considers herself above him. He makes it his job to seek out and befriend her to show her his true worth.Watch Now:iTunes
Dismayed that nobody in the village will accept that his flat feet are responsible for his non-combatant status Cecil is thrilled to meet Constance, the one woman who seems to believe him and who he hopes will enable him to assert his masculinity once and for all. George meanwhile rashly resigns from his teaching post as a protest against German being removed from the curriculum. In desperation the headmaster finds a replacement - Bert, whose bizarre teaching methods are a hit with everybody, including , to George's annoyance, Winky.Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Bert finds himself in disgrace when he tries to take advantage of Gwyneth, Rittle-on-Sea's first war widow under the guise of comforting her and Cecil does something that the villagers believe to be even more disgusting. Pacifist George is horrified when his bullying headmaster, supported by Winky, forces him to thrash a naughty pupil or else get the sack.Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
George joins fiancée Winky in writing letters to lonely soldiers whilst Cecil joins the Needlework Guild to send them warm clothes and Bert fails to impress Agnes by trying to get in on the act since all the women are on sex strike in solidarity with the fighters at the front. Cecil however is dismayed to find that his is the effigy on the Guy Fawkes night bonfire.
With their graffiti-daubed cottage still suffering from brown tap water and nobody in the village anxious to help rectify George is especially angry when the stupid Bert takes all the toilet paper to write a love poem and kicks him out though he lands on his feet and ends up in a house belonging to a serving soldier. Cecil, as ever, comes unstuck when the lovely Penny who appears to take a shine to him proves to have an ulterior motive and the women increase their hate campaign with a noise rota.Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
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