The Queen Street Gang

1968 | United Kingdom

Well trained, highly organised and working from a secret H.Q. The Queen Street Gang were undoubtedly an attempt by Thames television to create a modern day Famous Five. 

There were even comparisons to be drawn with the Enid Blyton created characters, including one of the children being the daughter of a top secret researcher. The series was based on a 1966 children's adventure book called 'The Case of the Silver Egg', by Desmond Skirrow and adapted for TV by Roy Russell whose previous work included the Sexton Blake TV series and who later went on to write Fly Into Danger, A Place To Hide and numerous other adventure series. 

The first of the two stories made involved a silver egg that was able to hold all the electricity in the world, which was then stolen by a group of criminals with the unlikely names of Spitz, Auntie Cuthbert, Greenface and Tich, characters that would not have been out of place in the Batman TV series that was hugely popular around the same time. It was up to the gang to recover it, rescue the kidnapped professor and make the world a safer place for us all. 

The gang (of which, coincidentally there were five) was Mini Morris (Michael Feldman), Speedy (Anthony Peplow), Sniffer (Len Jones), Big Bill (Sebastian Abineri) and Philippa (Elizabeth Crowther).

Published on January 24th, 2019. Written by Noel Onely for Television Heaven.