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Encyclopedia > London's Burning
London's Burning
Genre Drama
Created by Jack Rosenthal
Starring James Hazeldine
Glen Murphy
Sean Blowers
Katharine Rogers
Samantha Beckinsale
Ross Boatman
Jo Stone-Fewings
Steven Houghton
Country of origin UK
No. of episodes x (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Original run 7 December 198625 August 2002
Links
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London's Burning was a television drama programme produced by London Weekend Television. It focused on the lives of Blue Watch firefighters in the busy, fictitious area of Blackwall, East London. It was broadcast between 1986 and 2002 on ITV and currently airs in Canada on digital television station CBC Country Canada. It was based on the London Fire Brigade, with the LFB's Dockhead fire station being used as the principal location. This does not cite its references or sources. ... Jack Rosenthal, CBE (8 September 1931 - 29 May 2004) , was a playwright, who wrote several early episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and a number of successful plays and films. ... James Hazeldine (born 4 April 1947; died 17 December 2002) was a British film, stage and television actor. ... Glen Murphy is a British actor born in 1957. ... Sean Blowers (born in 1961) is a British actor. ... Samantha Beckinsale (born 23 July 1966) is an English actress most famous for her role in Londons Burning. ... Rocky Ross Boatman is an English actor, professional poker player and a member of The Hendon Mob. ... Jo Stone-Fewings is a Cornish actor. ... On the cover of his debut CD Steven Houghton (born 1971) is a British actor and singer. ... The following is a list of episodes from the Londons Burning series. ... It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ... December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A watch system or watch schedule is a method of assigning regular periods of work duty aboard ships and some other areas of employment. ... It has been suggested that Firefighter Assist and Search Team be merged into this article or section. ... Blackwall Frigate Blackwall is an area of the East End of London, situated in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. ... East London area East London is the name commonly given to the north eastern part of London, England on the north side of the River Thames. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ... CBC Country Canada is a Canadian category 1 digital cable specialty channel owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ... The London Fire Brigade (LFB) is the statutory fire and rescue service for London, England. ...

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Telemovie

Jack Rosenthal's original two hour TV movie, Directed by Les Blair was broadcast on ITV on 7 December 1986. The recent fire at Bradford City F.C. partially inspired the screenplay, along with a personal friend of Rosenthal's. Jack Rosenthal, CBE (8 September 1931 - 29 May 2004) , was a playwright, who wrote several early episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and a number of successful plays and films. ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Les Blair (born October 23rd, 1941) is an English television, film and theatre director. ... It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ... December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Bradford City Disaster took place on May 11, 1985 when a flash fire occurred at the Valley Parade stadium of Bradford City F.C. during a football match against Lincoln City F.C.. On that day, Bradford City were celebrating winning of the Third Division Championship trophy. ...


Series 1-3

The show was developed as a weekly episodic drama, beginning on 20 February 1988. Paul Knight was appointed as the show's producer. Knight appointed some very experienced writers such as Anita Bronson, David Humphries, Simon Sharkey and Tony Hoare as well as some extremely talented directors such as Gerry Poulson, Gerry Mill, John Reardon, Keith Washington and Alan Wareing. The camera crews had to be so committed and at the same time cautious when working with fire. However, the emergencies or "shouts" would not only be fires, but would be a range of incidents from cats up trees to major road accidents. A normal London's Burning episode would run for a duration of 50 minutes (one hour with advertisement breaks). In the first series (1988), the second series (1989) and the third series (1990) only 8 episodes were commissioned. February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A car accident in Yate, near Bristol, England, in July 2004. ...


Series 1-4 have been released on DVD by Network Video in the United Kingdom, with other series hoped to follow soon. DVD (commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Network Video is Australias smallest group of multi-franchised, independently owned and operated video rental stores (AFC) . The group opened in 1993 with a milion founding stores and within 12 months increased this to 1 billion stores 1. ...


Series 4

In 1991, LWT commissioned 10 episodes for Series 4 which would become the most popular series of the drama. Paul Knight had long ago appointed Brian Clark as the Fire Brigade Advisor and, along with the writers and directors, decided on a huge climax to the fourth series with a major storyline that would see the psychological state of one of the main characters deteriorate, after being buried alive under a collapsed wall whilst at a spectacular 20 pump warehouse fire. Series 4's climax won the programme its record rating of 18.86 million viewers (Source: British Film Institute). Series 4 was also the time for a Special Feature programme, showing how the stunts are performed in Series 4, which was originally aired on 8th September 1991. London Weekend Television logo, 1978-1996 London Weekend Television Limited (LWT) is the ITV contractor for London, Friday 5:15pm to Monday, 5:59am. ... Firefighter with an axe A firefighter, sometimes still called a fireman though women have increasingly joined firefighting units, is a person who is trained and equipped to put out fires, rescue people and in some areas provide emergency medical services. ... Psychology (from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, spirit, soul; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is an academic/ applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. ... The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Series 4 Has been released on DVD by Network Video.

Filming an interior scene at Jacob Street Studios
Filming an interior scene at Jacob Street Studios

ImageMetadata File history File links Filming an interior scene of the London Weekend Television drama Londons Burning. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Filming an interior scene of the London Weekend Television drama Londons Burning. ...

Series 5

Viewers were now always promised a huge 'shout' every series. The next huge shout was in Series 5 (1992) with a tragic accident at a fairground. A spinning wheel ride was jammed by troublesome youths armed with a pole. Consequently, this led to the ride collapsing, causing a huge fire and people trapped in crushed metal. That series attracted 17 million fans. Ferris wheel Amusement park is the more generic term for a collection of amusement rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a fairly large group of people. ...


Series 5 on DVD is due for release in August 2007 in the UK


Series 6-10

In the early nineties, the ratings averaged 17-18 million viewers. The show suffered in 1995 (Series 8) as ratings fell to 16 million viewers. The shouts were still as exciting but more people became 'too comfortable' with the show and needed a shock now and again to keep the programme fresh.


Paul Knight decided it was time for a real shock — a tragic exit for one of the main characters who had starred in the show for nearly ten years. The man who was to be killed was Sub Officer John Hallam — a dedicated a loyal member of the watch and the London Fire Brigade. Hallam was killed off in 1996 (Series 9) during a huge warehouse fire where he and his colleague Leading Firefighter Geoff Pearce (one rank under Hallam) were attempting to rescue four teenage girls on an unstable gantry 80 feet above a blaze in the basement. Hallam held the gantry steady for Pearce as he walked across it with one of the girls. As Hallam crossed onto it, chains supporting the gantry cracked and the gantry tore apart leaving Hallam dangling off the end bars. He pleaded with Pearce to help him but Pearce was unable to help and had to watch Hallam fall 80 feet, to land on a metal floor. The floor subsequently collapsed, with Hallam falling down through a glass roof, to his death. This developed a storyline of Pearce feeling an overwhelming sense of guilt after the accident which would lead to him considering a transfer. The whole Series 9 struck gold for Paul Knight with 16.8 million viewers (Source: British Film Institute). The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and...


Series 10 (1997) was the last series produced by Paul Knight who went on to produce episodes of The Knock. The Knock was a UK television drama, running from 1994 to 2000, which portrayed the activities of customs officers from Her Majestys Customs and Excise. ...


Series 11-14

London's Burning continued on into 1998 with a new producer: David Newcombe. His producing techniques of killing off most of the original characters through Series 11 gave the show a bad name and the ratings slumped to around 8 million. The format was totally different, with the show becoming more of a soap. The theme tune originally composed by Simon Brint and Roddy Matthews was ditched for a more 'modern' tune. In 2002 London's Burning was axed from the schedules (the final episode being broadcast on 25 August 2002) and was soon replaced by Steel River Blues in 2004. Steel River Blues was not as successful as London's Burning used to be during 1991-1997 and was axed after its first series, although there are many fans who are disappointed about this. For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... The theme music of a radio or television program is a piece that is written specifically for that show and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Steel River Blues is a British television drama serial first broadcast in September 2004 on ITV1. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Set

The earlier series used Dockhead Fire Station at 8 Wolseley Street, about half a mile from Tower Bridge, as the exterior for Blackwall. The Jacob Street studio is opposite, housing a full scale reproduction of the mess, built by Colin Monk. Later on in the series, the exterior of Leyton Fire Station and the (soon to be converted into flats) Oliver Twist pub opposite were used. For the bridge of the same name in California, see Tower Bridge (California). ... For other uses, see Mess (disambiguation). ... Leyton is a town in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. ...


External links/references

  • Fan site with detailed episode guides
  • London's Burning at the Internet Movie Database.
  • Tibballs, Geoff (1992) London's Burning: Behind the Scenes with Britain's Favourite Firefighters. London: Boxtree. ISBN 1-85283-731-4

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FireNet Forums / River City Blues vs Londons Burning! (0 words)
Londons Burning got ridiculous at the end of its last series but that was mainly due to the new writing and production team ITV had brought in to spice it up a little, but atleast londons burning was slightly more believable and true to life.
Perhaps they can be transferred to the London Fire Brigade just in time for the new series of Londons Burning because lets face it River City blues wont be around long.
Maybe London Fire Brigade had the right idea by stopping ITV from using their name in the making of the programme.
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