The concept of this documentary is a feature of the funniest or comical moments of a 3 week period where the production house installed and filmed a takeaway for 3 weeks, 24 hours a day, the show promises high and low moments and interviews with the most outlandish character that are featured in the programme.
This concept Fried Chicken Shop uses is similar to another channel 4 documentary series titled 24 Hours in A&E, where the main theme for the show is a fly on the wall situation where the cameras film the staff and patients and follow everything they do, this often leads to interesting film material, as events in the hospital are usually dramatic and unusual. This is a popular “house” style for channel 4, as a string of these shows have been released, and have met a good reception as the shows have had good reviews on social media. Other shows that feature this format of recording are Educating Essex, Educating Yorkshire and Gogglebox. This format of film can be tied into the observational mode of documentary as these shows are claimed to be natural and unscripted, however the argument of the presence of recording equipment changes the nature of social interactions of the participant(s) still stands, fueling the argument of the presence of realism in documentaries.
The featured characters shown in Fried Chicken Shop are often outlandish and outspoken, which the producers/editors have chosen purposely as the slightly less interesting participants usually aren’t taken away and interviewed, unlike the featured characters which get interviewed and usually are made into re-occurring characters as they are often shown in multiple shows in the series. Most one-time characters however are often shown to interact with the shop staffs, which are also re-occurring as they are the core characters in the documentary.
The show also uses narration and non-diegetic sound in the shows which are both relative to the observational mode. Cutaway and bridge music is used to aid the transition of scenes, and also subtle narration, as the speaker uses a script to lead the show into the next scene, e.g. “At lunch time, the chicken shop becomes a popular meeting place for college kids from all over Clapham” and then the scene switches with music to kids socializing and eating in the shop. Narration is a useful tool to bridge gaps in scenes if the two scenes aren’t directly relative to each other.
Camera angles are relatively similar in the show, they often feature high angled shots, familiar to the audience from shows like Big Brother as this is the natural angle for the roof or wall mounted camera’s the production crew use to film with. The placements of the shots are often over the shoulder, as the static cameras can’t be moved during recordings as their mounted to a set position. You also see infrequent point of view shots, as some scenes show the audience the meal the character is eating, which could be seen as reinforcing the main theme of the show, which is the social interaction in a chicken shop. Due to the high angle you can often see what the featured characters are looking at, also often a technique used to move the scene forwards.