The Fenn Street Gang

The Fenn Street Gang
Created by John Esmonde
Bob Larbey
Starring Peter Cleall
Carol Hawkins
David Barry
Peter Denyer
Liz Gebhardt
Malcolm McFee
Leon Vitali
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 47 (list of episodes)
Running time 30 minutes
Original network ITV
Original release 17 September 1971 (1971-09-17) – 15 July 1973 (1973-07-15)

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[1] 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).



Bowler (1973) was a 13 episode spin-off series following The Fenn Street Gang crime boss Stanley Bowler played by George Baker.[2]

DVD releases

All three series of The Fenn Street Gang have been released on DVD.

DVD Release date
The Complete Series 1 29 October 2007
The Complete Series 2 5 May 2008
The Complete Series 3 21 July 2008


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