The Fenn Street Gang
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|The Fenn Street Gang|
|Created by||John Esmonde
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||47 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||17 September 1971– 15 July 1973|
The Fenn Street Gang is a British television sitcom which ran for three seasons between 1971 and 1973. The series was created by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, it was a spin off from their popular Please Sir! series.
The series followed the lives of many of the pupils from Fenn Street School as they entered the world of work. Some episodes were written by Geoff Rowley and Andy Baker, as well as David Barry and Tony Bilbow. Stars of the series were Peter Cleall, Carol Hawkins (who also replaced Penny Spencer as Sharon in the 1971 Please Sir! film), David Barry, Peter Denyer and Liz Gebhardt.
Leon Vitali replaced Malcolm McFee as Peter Craven during the first series, although Malcolm took this role back for the second and third series. Peter Denyer (Dennis Dunstable) and Liz Gebhardt (Maureen Bullock) were absent from the third (and final) series. John Alderton (Mr Hedges, their form-master when they starred in Please Sir!) guest-appeared in 3 episodes of the first series of The Fenn Street Gang and the first two episodes from the final series of Please Sir!, which ran alongside The Fenn Street Gang in transmission dates. Richard Davies who played science teacher Mr Price in 'Please Sir!' also appeared again As Mr Price in one episode of Series One.
Although the series ran for two years and 47 episodes, it was not as popular as its progenitor and the series was later axed.
The first series, consisting of twenty-one episodes, was produced by London Weekend Television at Wembley Studios in North-West London. Series Two and Three, consisting of eighteen and eight episodes respectively, were recorded at LWT's newly constructed London Studios (aka Kent House).
All three series of The Fenn Street Gang have been released on DVD.
|The Complete Series 1||29 October 2007|
|The Complete Series 2||5 May 2008|
|The Complete Series 3||21 July 2008|