The Fenn Street Gang (1971–1973)

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Bernard still waits to start work at London University, while at home the bills keep on piling up. When a friend suggests a lucrative part-time job, he jumps at the chance but the kind of ... See full summary »

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David Askey
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Episode complete credited cast:
John Alderton ... Bernard Hedges
Jill Kerman Jill Kerman ... Penny Hedges
Graham Armitage ... Henry
William Dexter William Dexter ... Ernst
Wanda Ventham ... Elinor
Leo Dolan Leo Dolan ... Freddie
Frederick Hall Frederick Hall ... Man
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Bernard still waits to start work at London University, while at home the bills keep on piling up. When a friend suggests a lucrative part-time job, he jumps at the chance but the kind of work involved makes him wished that he had looked before he leaped.

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Strangte, alternate universe episode
5 April 2012 | by wwgrayiiSee all my reviews

Jobless former schoolmaster Bernard Hedges takes a job as an escort (no hanky-panky, just go on a platonic date, collect ten pounds and a free meal in a post restaurant) in order to make ends meet, causing a bit of strain in his relationship with his wife Penny.

Unfortunately, this was the last appearance for John Alderton as Bernard Hedges, and it's not a very satisfying wrap-up for the character. It's an odd episode in several ways. None of the "gang" appears. Bernard and Penny get a visit from their old friend Henry (who gives them the escort service contact). Henry is clearly written as a recurring character with whom the audience is already familiar (Bernard mentions that he and Penny have known him for a long time), but he's never been seen before, either in this series or in "Please, Sir," so his scene is kind of awkward.

In fact, the whole episode us kind of off-kilter: It gives every appearance of being an unused script for another series, or perhaps a pilot for a Bernard Hedges series.


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29 October 1971 (UK) See more »

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