Buddy Lee may only have been twenty in 1963, but he was the underpin in the Lee household. He tries his best to hold everyone and everything together in this pacey comedy drama, especially his gorgeous younger sister Bridget when she takes a shine to a young thug Stacey Griffin.
Ray Martin grew up in the East End of London during the 1960s. His diverse career includes work as a chef at a top London Hotel, a lead guitarist in a rock-and-roll band, a qualified electrician, and now a glamour photographer. He says: 'Being brought up at that time in the East End tended to give you a sense of humour whether you wanted one or not, like the time a thief stole my father's car radio only to return it with a note complaining he couldn't get radio Caroline on it' 'Laughing in the face of adversity is something the British are good at, it helped me through some pretty rotten times I can tell you. But whether I was a chef, a guitarist, an electrician or photographer, and I've been all those things and more, nothing whacked a smile on my face more than writing Battery Hens. Quite simply because it gives us a chance to sit back and innocently laugh at someone else, which is ironic really, because just about everyone is in it!'