Market in Honey Lane
“That ain’t no kindergarten. That’s a jungle. The swamps of Borneo with their lurking crocodiles and head-hunters have got nothing on that lot...”
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 highly popular street life drama and its sequel Honey Lane.
Billy, a hard-bitten gambler who's usually facing economic disaster on a major or minor scale cheerfully works alongside vegetable seller Dave, who'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, or those on the hunt to get a stall – at any cost!
The market in Honey Lane may be a human jungle but its traders know how to bury their differences, weed out real rats and deal with interlopers like scheming, corrupt and ever-unpopular market inspector Mr. Tooke...