Channel 4 orders second helping of The Fried Chicken Shop


After the success of one-off Cutting Edge documentary, The Fried Chicken Shop: Life in a Day which aired earlier this year, Channel 4 has commissioned a brand new three-part series set in the same chicken shop in South London.

The 3x60 series will return to Rooster Spot in Clapham to delve deeper into the world of fried chicken, the staff who serve it and the huge variety customers who buy it. Filming across three weeks The Fried Chicken Shop Series (w/t) will use the same mix of mini-rig fixed cameras and retrospective interviews to capture stories inside the Chicken Shop. The series will also incorporate a new element by following take- away customers’ home, giving viewers a completely new perspective on the people who eat there and the worlds they inhabit.

Favourite characters from the first programme will return alongside new customer stories capturing a wider variety of regulars. The madness of the weekend passing trade and late night revellers will continue to celebrate this very unique slice of British life and once again allow lovers of fried chicken to get involved online.

An impressive 2.1 million viewers tuned in to the original Cutting Edge broadcast with a huge online presence peaking at 1,700 tweets per minute. It was the most tweeted about Channel 4 programme of the week, with 53k tweets and attracted celebrity attention from Denise Van Outen, Lily Allen, Diana Vickers, Dawn O’Porter and John Prescott

Emma Cooper, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 said: “The Fried Chicken Shop really struck a chord with the nation. The team worked hard to make a film that felt significantly fresh and innovative for us to want to serve up more of it.”

Mentorn Media’s Director of Programmes, Hannah Wyatt, said: “Chicken Shop really captured the imagination of viewers. The enthusiastic response on twitter showed the immediate support – including John Prescott, Boy George and Lily Allen all loving it. We saw that it really was a talking point and we’re delighted that we’ll be able to offer all those fans more views from the shop and beyond.”

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