A 1960s forerunner to EastEnders, this highly engaging series captures all of the camaraderie and humour, rivalry and chicanery, graft and greed of a bustling Soho market where stalls may be inherited, bought, or “acquired”. This set contains the complete first series from 1967 – all that remains of this well-remembered and high popular street life drama and its sequel Honey Lane.
Jimmy, a life-long stallholder in his sixties, sells little more than carrots, spuds and cabbages. Beside him is Billy, a hard-bitten gambler who’s usually facing economic disaster on a major or minor scale. Vegetable seller Dave’s after a spot for his brother, widow Polly runs a busy fruit stall, while her dim-witted son Danny does odd jobs to earn a bit of cash. Then there are the fly pitchers: boys who work out of a suitcase, drumming up a crowd to make a sale and swiftly moving on. Jacko is among them, and his one ambition is to get a stall – at any cost!