It was unclear at the Museum of Liverpool whether this was the original ceramic hen which was used on the BBC programme Bread in the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, after some checking, it’s not the original one which is a little disappointing. There’s still some authenticity to it as it was presented to Katy Carmichael, the actress who played Connie, by Carla Lane, the writer of Bread. I hadn’t given much thought about this before, but the museum addresses the negative stereotypes about Liverpool presented by the programme, which was at one point was watched by over 20 million people.
There’s a surprising amount of commentary about the whole matter of the city’s portrayal and Bread, not least at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-36425330. I still wonder what happened to the actual ceramic hen used in the show though.