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The lives of firefighters at Blackwall Fire Station.
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Glen Murphy Glen Murphy ...  George Green / ... 170 episodes, 1988-2002
Richard Walsh ...  Sicknote / ... 147 episodes, 1988-2000
Ben Onwukwe Ben Onwukwe ...  Recall / ... 138 episodes, 1991-2002
Shirley Greenwood Shirley Greenwood ...  Maggie 130 episodes, 1988-2001
Michael Garner Michael Garner ...  Geoffrey 'Poison' Pearce / ... 129 episodes, 1993-2002
Amanda Dickinson Amanda Dickinson ...  Jean / ... 109 episodes, 1988-2000
Andrew Kazamia Andrew Kazamia ...  Nick / ... 96 episodes, 1991-1998
Vanessa Pett Vanessa Pett ...  Kelly / ... 95 episodes, 1990-2001
Sean Blowers ...  Hallam / ... 87 episodes, 1988-1996
James Hazeldine ...  Bayleaf / ... 83 episodes, 1988-1996
Ross Boatman Ross Boatman ...  Kevin / ... 83 episodes, 1988-2000
John Alford John Alford ...  Billy / ... 71 episodes, 1993-1998
Kim Clifford ...  Sandra / ... 71 episodes, 1988-1998
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The lives of firefighters at Blackwall Fire Station.

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20 February 1988 (UK) See more »

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Ona McCracken appeared as a one-off guest character Det. Sgt. Crawford in an episode of series 2, before becoming a regular in series 4-9 as Recall's wife, Laura. See more »

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Referenced in Comic Relief: Say Pants to Poverty (2001) See more »

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A Good Start
6 December 2004 | by TheJiveMasterSee all my reviews

London's Burning was a mainstay of ITV's Sunday night scheduling during the late 80's and 90's. The series emerged from the TV film written by the late and great Jack Rosenthal and followed a group of fire fighters belonging to Blue Watch at London's Blackwall fire station.

Initially the series kept a lot of Rosenthal's influence. The humour was lively with station pranks and the loves and lives of the watch being the backbone of the series. In between all this were the fires and other shouts which helped to highlight the diverse work of the fire brigade as their role has changed over the shows lifespan. A few dark moments relating to death or injury of the fire fighters or victims put a dark edge on the show which helped to prevent it from becoming a farce and the whole package made for extremely addictive viewing.

Sadly the last few series beginning in 2000 started the downward spiral. By 2000, most of the original cast had left as they had become disillusioned with the writing or wanted to pursue other opportunities before they became typecast. Their replacements were usually dour characters that had plenty of personal baggage and the humorous aspects were replaced by deep thoughts and crisis in relationships. ITV also tried to increase the number of episodes per year whilst reducing the budget which diminished the number of spectacular fires that the brigade would attend in a series and it became more of a soap rather than the refreshing series that it had been when it first started.

Eventually around 2001 the series was axed and it has now been replaced by Steel River Blues which has all the promise to be like London's Burning was in the early days.


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