We know how chicken-crazy Kentishtowners are, from the likes of Sam’s and Los Pollos on the high street to fashionable haunts like Chicken Shop and Lucky Chip’s poultry pop-up at The Grafton. So we were quite excited to find out that a friend of ours at Channel 4, Emma Cooper, had commissioned a doc on the phenomenon, which screens tonight.
“There’s something in the air about fried chicken,” she reckons, presumably wiping down a greasy mitt with some kitchen towel. “As the Commissioning Editor of our Cutting Edge strand, I’m always looking for ways to tell new and innovative stories about the UK right now. And as chicken shop after chicken shop popped up, from the high street to the hipster, I knew I wanted to get into one of those shops and tell the stories that come and go for a week. A production company (Mentorn) came to me with access to Rooster Spot in Clapham and so we filmed it around the clock for seven days.”
Sounds fingerlickin’ good, right? And it could even be a tear-jerker too, as Emma promises the end result is a “touching, funny film that has moments of madness. All walks of life now congregate in chicken shops. And Cutting Edge was there to tell the tale.”
Catch the show tonight, 9pm Channel 4. And why not leave your comments about it below. But surely there’s a sequel to be made in NW5, right?