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Release Date:
7 December 1986 (UK) See more »
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Gary McDonald ... Ethnic
Mark Arden ... Vaseline
James Hazeldine ... Bayleaf
James Marcus ... Tate
Sean Blowers ... Hallam

Rupert Baker ... Malcolm
Richard Walsh ... Sicknote
Gerard Horan ... Charisma

Jerome Flynn ... Rambo
Katharine Rogers ... Josie
Eric Deacon ... Gerry
Yvonne Edgell ... Nancy Tate
Hetty Baynes ... Mrs. Grant

Joy Richardson ... Charlene
Corinne Skinner-Carter ... Beatrice
Jason Rose ... Eldridge
Roger Griffiths ... Lloyd
Mary Jo Randle ... Marion I
Helen Blizard ... Marion II
James Saxon ... Man in Distress
Nigel Louie-Marie ... Street Kid (as Nigel Louis-Marie)
Astley Harvey ... Mr. Winston
Patrick Henry ... Aerosol Kid
Tricia Thorns ... Cash & Carry Cashier
Cynthia Powell ... At Community Centre
Kenneth Breinburg ... First Rasta
Leonard Hay ... Second Rasta
Peter McNamara ... Whitey
Stephen Brigden ... First Policeman

Ralph Brown ... Second Policeman

Steven O'Donnell ... Video Shop Proprietor
Norman Warwick ... Man at Fire
Brenda Cowling ... Man's Wife
Robert East ... Mr. Grant
Betty Romaine ... Old Lady
Jean Leppard ... Mrs. Lane
Bill Spencer ... Man with TV
Winston Crooke ... Pusher
Steve Emerson ... Policeman

Richard Cordery ... Registrar
John Joyce ... Doctor
Clive Shilson ... First Detective
Gary Webster ... Second Detective
Marsha Millar ... Young Woman
Gavin Brown ... Operator
Reginald Stewart ... Neighbour
Sammy Blair ... Child at Fire
Joe Blair ... Child at Fire
Eve Bland ... Mother at Fire
Leon Davis ... Teacher
P.J. Nicholas ... Dominic
Jelena Budimir ... Woman at Phone Box
Leon Silver ... Man at Phone Box
Kit Jackson ... Bank Teller
A.J. Clarke ... Commander Petrie

Joanne Zorian ... Jean Quigley
Rory O'Connor ... Snooker Referee
George Sweeney ... Club Official
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jade Goody ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Les Blair 
Writing credits
Jack Rosenthal (written by)

Produced by
Linda Agran .... executive producer
Paul Knight .... producer
Original Music by
Simon Brint 
Rowland Rivron 
Cinematography by
Geoff Harrison 
Film Editing by
John Costello 
Frank Webb 
Casting by
Corinne Rodriguez 
Production Design by
Colin Monk 
Costume Design by
Brenda Fox 
Makeup Department
Lorraine Brooks .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter McKay .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Brett .... first assistant director
Bill Challoner .... second assistant director
Kevin Holden .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Day .... assistant designer (as Bob Day)
John Demetri .... assistant designer
Ray Holt .... chargehand
Ray Holt .... standby props
Gerry Lambe .... property master
Jim Luck .... construction manager
Bill McCausland .... production buyer
Dick Whitbread .... graphics
Terry Jones .... production buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Holloway .... sound editor
Richard King .... sound mixer
Danny Longhurst .... assistant sound editor
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator
Reg Mills .... sound recordist
Alf Joint .... stunt advisor
Gareth Milne .... stunt arranger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Cadwallader .... key grip
Mike Lippmann .... focus puller
Ken Lowe .... camera operator
Bill Smith .... chief electrician
Mike Spragg .... clapper loader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Born-Thompson .... assistant costume designer
Jacqui Walton .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mick Gunter .... assistant editor
Sam Morton .... assistant editor
Location Management
Quenton Annis .... location manager
Brian Kelly .... location manager
Music Department
November One .... songs
Other crew
Jenny Brassett .... production secretary
Brian 'Nobby' Clark .... technical advisor: London Fire Brigade (as Brian Clark)
Jane Denholm .... stage manager
Sam Donovan .... continuity
Sam Donovan .... production assistant
Brian Kelly .... researcher
Patsy Lightfoot .... producer's secretary
Mike Littlejohn .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

120 min (including commercials)
UK:15 | UK:15 (video rating)

Did You Know?

Jerome flynn who stars as rambo went on to star in soldier soldier as paddy garvey, then had a pop career with soldier soldier co star robson green topping the uk charts with unchained melody which the two first performed on soldier soldier before an official release being a double a side with (there'll be bluebirds over) the white cliff's of dover.See more »
Movie Connections:
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Fire watch, 6 December 2014
Author: Prismark10 from United Kingdom

Londons Burning started out as a one off film written by Jack Rosenthal. After the success of this television film, it returned as a drama series.

Jack Rosenthal mentioned that the film was inspired by the Broadwater Farm riots in London in 1985 when the rioters turned on the fire fighters.

The other thing to note was that the film was from a perspective of a female fire fighter, Josie Ingham who joins Blue Watch at the Blackwall fire station. At that time a female fire fighter was novel and there was plenty of mileage in having a sole female in the team fighting to be accepted and respected.

The film was certainly a black comedy-drama. Just look at the scene when Josie's husband knocks on the house and tells the lady who opens the door that he is here for the orgy. The next scene we have ladies introducing their names but it turns out that its a regular meeting place of the wives of the fire crew, he being the husband of the latest member. This was typical of the quirky humour Rosenthal was known for in his work.

However the film climaxes with a riot which leads to disastrous consequences for one of the crew.

The film had a lot of tomfoolery with the fire crew and Josie's desire to be accepted by them, it was earthy as ITV at the time had big success with Auf Wiedersehen Pet as well as Minder and had a monopoly with these rough comedy-dramas. Its no wonder that London's Burning became a long running series but this film deserves attention to be appraised on its own as the oeuvre of Jack Rosenthal.

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