Peter Cleall & Penny Spencer from hit TV show Please Sir & The Fenn Street Gang
The Fenn Street Gang is a British television situation comedy which ran for three seasons between 1971 and 1973. It was a spin-off from the popular series Please Sir! and followed the lives of many of the pupils from Fenn Street School as they entered the world of work. It was written by series creators John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, with episodes by Geoff Rowley and Andy Baker, David Barry and Tony Bilbow. Stars were Peter Cleall, Carol Hawkins (who also replaced 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!) appeared in 3 episodes of the first series of The Fenn Street Gang and in a pair of episodes from the final series of Please Sir!, which ran alongside The Fenn Street Gang in transmission dates.
Although the series ran for two years and 47 episodes, it was less popular than its stable-mate. The characters and humour did not transfer well to the new environment, and the series was eventually axed.