Down The 'Gate. Reg Furnell (Reg Varney). Copyright: Associated Television.

Down The 'Gate

ITV sitcom about market porters. 12 episodes (2 series), 1975 - 1976. Stars Reg Varney, Dilys Laye, Tony Melody, Reg Lye and others.

Down The 'Gate. Image shows from L to R: Reg Furnell (Reg Varney), Len Peacock (Tony Melody). Copyright: Associated Television.

Down The 'Gate

The adventures of fish porter Reg Furnell and his colleagues at Billingsgate market

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1975 - 1976
Channel
ITV
Episodes
12   (2 series)
Creator
Reg Varney
Starring
Reg Varney, Dilys Laye, Tony Melody, Reg Lye, Percy Herbert, Tim Barrett, Peter Spraggon, Helen Keating and Kevin Brennan
Writers
Maurice Sellar and Roy Tuvey
Directors
Alan Tarrant and William G Stewart
Producers
Alan Tarrant and William G Stewart

Preston & Davies are a long-established fishmonger at Billingsgate in London's East End, the finest fish market in Europe, if not the world. A muddle of boxes laden with fresh catch; barrows; packing ice; and porters carting the latest buys and sales, precariously perched atop their heads and flat-topped hats.

Reg is one of Preston & Davies's porters, as are Old Wol and Len; friends, workmates, and some-time rivals who regularly needle each other about issues big and small, workplace and domestic, as they attempt to go about their lives with as little aggravation as possible.

Production Details

Production company
Soundtrack
Theme music by Geoff Love.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 23rd July 1975 on ITV at 8pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 29th August 1976 on ITV at 7:25pm

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