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yThis is a guide to all 170 episodes of London's Burning, plus the 1986 television pilot.

# Synopsis Airdate
Movie Pilot. Blue Watch get their first female member. Later, tensions on an estate erupt into a riot. 7 December 1986
Series 1
Episode 1 Two robbers cement a yuppie into his toilet. Blue Watch raise money for charity, which is then stolen. 20 February 1988
Episode 2 Blue Watch conduct a safety inspection at a clothing factory. 27 February 1988
Episode 3 Charisma gets a girlfriend and is later injured at a chemical fire. 5 March 1988
Episode 4 Tate suffers a breakdown and goes AWOL. 12 March 1988
Episode 5 Blue Watch are taken hostage by armed intruders. 19 March 1988
Ding Dong Merrily It's Christmas, but festive cheer is in short supply at Blackwall. 25 December 1988
Series 2
Episode 1 Kevin's brother Micky makes hoax calls to Blackwall. 22 October 1989
Episode 2 ADO Scase arrives at Blackwall and soon ruffles feathers. 29 October 1989
Episode 3 Blue Watch deal with a leaking nuclear container. 5 November 1989
Episode 4 Blue Watch rescue workmen trapped under scaffolding on the banks of the Thames. 12 November 1989
Episode 5

Tate faces disciplinary charges brought by Scase.

19 November 1989
Episode 6 Hallam has to testify at the racist officers' disciplinary hearing. 26 November 1989
Episode 7 It's Bonfire Night and Blue Watch are on high alert. 3 December 1989
Episode 8 Vaseline drowns during a river rescue. 10 December 1989
Series 3
Episode 1 Josie leaves Blue Watch; probationary fireman Colin Parrish joins. 30 September 1990
Episode 2 Blue Watch tackle a fire on a ship. 7 October 1990
Episode 3 Blue Watch are called to a train derailment. 14 October 1990
Episode 4 Malcolm rescues a man buried in a trench. 21 October 1990
Episode 5 Two window cleaners are trapped in a high rise cradle. 28 October 1990
Episode 6 Kate Stevens joins; Blue Watch free a morbidly obese man who suffers a heart attack 4 November 1990
Episode 7 Bayleaf receives his 20 year service medal. 11 November 1990
Episode 8 The watch deal with a flooded funeral parlour; Tate gets some shocking news after a routine medical. 18 November 1990
Series 4
Episode 1 A small aircraft crashes in central London. 29 September 1991
Episode 2 Blue Watch attend a fire at a recording studio; George gets married. 6 October 1991
Episode 3

Blue Watch meet their new Station Officer, Nick Georgiadis.

13 October 1991
Episode 4 The pump crew stand by in Kent; Colin finds romance on a shout. 20 October 1991
Episode 5 Children on half term are involved in a number of incidents, including a coach crash and a lift accident. 27 October 1991
Episode 6 Blue Watch deal with an explosion at a marina. 3 November 1991
Episode 7 Blue Watch are called to a fire at a hotel. 10 November 1991
Episode 8 The watch hold a charity pram race for Recall and Laura's son Jamie. 17 November 1991
Episode 9 Blue Watch are called to a huge 20 pump fire at a warehouse. 24 November 1991
Episode 10 The search for Bayleaf continues and Hallam shows signs of PTSD. 1 December 1991
Series 5
Episode 1 A group of youths cause havoc at a fairground. 27 September 1992
Episode 2 A child is trapped in a burning car. 4 October 1992
Episode 3 Kate helps locate a missing girl and Bayleaf climbs a crane to talk down a suicidal man. 11 October 1992
Episode 4

The pump crew help a woman who has been locked out of her house; Karen kidnaps Melanie.

18 October 1992
Episode 5 Nick delivers a harrowing speech at a Chamber of Commerce dinner. 25 October 1992
Episode 6

Blue Watch tackle a blaze at an underground garage; Malcolm reaches a decision about his future.

1 November 1992
Episode 7 A worker on the Thames Barrier suffers a heart attack. 8 November 1992
Episode 8 'Blackwall Blaze' play their basketball match and the lads go on a drunken bender at the seaside. 15 November 1992
Episode 9 A prank on Colin backfires; Blue Watch are called to an explosion at a nightclub. 22 November 1992
Episode 10 Colin finds a bomb; Bayleaf is finally reunited with Melanie. 29 November 1992
Series 6
Episode 1 Blue Watch have two new recruits: Geoff Pearce and Billy Ray; Bayleaf crashes the appliance. 3 October 1993
Episode 2 Hallam and the Fire Investigation Team investigate a suspected arson. 10 October 1993
Episode 3 Blue Watch are called to an accident at a refrigerated warehouse. 17 October 1993
Episode 4 Nick is injured on a shout; Pearce loses control of the situation. 24 October 1993
Episode 5 Scaffolding collapses at a building site. 31 October 1993
Episode 6 George takes part in an unlicensed boxing match. 7 November 1993
Episode 7 Blue Watch tackle a major blaze at a petrol station. 14 November 1993
Episode 8 Sicknote has to climb a roof to rescue a mother and her baby. 21 November 1993
Episode 9 Bayleaf prepares for the verdict on his dangerous driving charge. 28 November 1993
Episode 10 Colin is injured on a shout. 5 December 1993
Series 7
Episode 1 Blue Watch are called to a fire at a young offenders' institution. 4 September 1994
Episode 2 A blind woman is trapped in a burning library. 11 September 1994
Episode 3 Scase returns to Blackwall and Pearce helps deliver a baby at an accident. 18 September 1994
Episode 4 Kevin rescues a policeman stuck in a swamp. 25 September 1994
Episode 5

Recall and Laura are finally reunited with Ben.

2 October 1994
Episode 6 Blue Watch deal with a fire at the city farm and Sally gets a visit from the drug squad. 9 October 1994
Episode 7 Billy chats up a stripper during a safety inspection at a strip club. 16 October 1994
Episode 8 Hallam trains on the fireboat and Blue Watch deal with an armed woman. 23 October 1994
Episode 9 Nick rescues a boy trapped down a deep well. 30 October 1994
Episode 10 A bomb is discovered near the station and Hallam's crew gets stuck in a lift. 6 November 1994
Episode 11 Charisma returns to Blackwall and the watch tackle explosions at a gas depot. 13 November 1994
Episode 12 George is guilty about Jaffa's injury and Billy faces dismissal. 20 November 1994
Episode 13 Blue Watch are called to a flat full of exotic pets and Nick is still morose about Ariadne's disappearance. 27 November 1994
Episode 14

Sicknote arrives at work wearing a hairpiece and Nick flies to Cyprus to find Ariadne.

11 December 1994
Episode 15 Blue Watch hold their charity raft race and Sally decides to transfer away. 18 December 1994
Series 8
Episode 1 A group of yobs hijack a bus. 3 September 1995
Episode 2 The team are called to a fire at a supermarket. 10 September 1995
Episode 3 Blue Watch play a football match and rescue a naked man trapped in his bathroom. 17 September 1995
Episode 4 A protester gets stuck on a high rise chimney. 24 September 1995
Episode 5 Kevin gets a new neighbour and Blue Watch tackle a fire at a Chinese restaurant. 1 October 1995
Episode 6 Pearce goes AWOL after a row about Patti. 8 October 1995
Episode 7 Ariadne is still in a coma and Jean causes a car crash. 15 October 1995
Episode 8 Micky assaults Maggie at the station and Blue Watch tackle a huge fire at a warehouse. 29 October 1995
Episode 9 A letter bomb is sent to an animal testing laboratory. 5 November 1995
Episode 10 A bomb explodes at a pharmacy and Hallam and Jenny get closer. 12 November 1995
Episode 11 Blue Watch train on the Brigade helicopter. 19 November 1995
Episode 12 The watch free a hamster from a tuba and deal with an underground electrical explosion. 26 November 1995
Episode 13 Bayleaf announces he's leaving the Brigade. 3 December 1995
Episode 14 A scorned lover douses himself and his rival in petrol and threatens to torch them both. 10 December 1995
Episode 15 Everyone attends the opening night of Bayleaf's restaurant. 17 December 1995
Series 9
Episode 1 An unstable man starts at fire at his ex-wife's house and Sicknote receives his 20 year service medal. 1 September 1996
Episode 2 A group of men try to rob a security van. 8 September 1996
Episode 3 Billy moves in with Recall and Jack saves a drowning man in a swimming pool. 15 September 1996
Episode 4 Sandra learns of John's affair with Jenny and a fire breaks out during the shooting of a music video. 22 September 1996
Episode 5 Hallam is seriously injured after a fall. 29 September 1996
Episode 6

Blue Watch are still in shock after Hallam's death, Pearce ponders the future of Blackwall.

6 October 1996
Episode 7 Blue Watch deal with a hoax caller at the hospital. 13 October 1996
Episode 8 The new Sub Officer, Carole Webb, arrives at Blackwall and Recall is elected the new union representative. 27 October 1996
Episode 9 The crew deal with a suspected chemical spillage. 3 November 1996
Episode 10 Nick attends a conference and Blue Watch get a new member, Skippy. 10 November 1996
Episode 11 A cyclist is superglued to his bike and Skippy talks down a young woman threatening suicide. 17 November 1996
Episode 12 A cabbie gets his arm stuck in a urinal and Recall grudgingly defends Pitbull at his disciplinary hearing. 8 December 1996
Episode 13 Marianne visits Blackwall on an exchange trip and Blue Watch help a thief crushed under a forklift. 18 December 1996
Episode 14 Pearce applies for another job and Billy gets beaten up by Lauren's pimp. 29 December 1996
Episode 15 The watch free a man stuck up a tree and unveil a plaque in memory of John Hallam. 2 February 1997
Series 10
Episode 1 Blue Watch deal with a flooded art exhibition and a fire at a private railway. 14 September 1997
Episode 2 George returns to Blackwall after his layoff. 28 September 1997
Episode 3 Nick arrives in the Netherlands and rescues a drowning woman. 5 October 1997
Episode 4 Blue Watch are called a shout at a car lot and Sicknote buys a metal detector. 12 October 1997
Episode 5 The watch rescue a woman trapped under a collapsed advertising billboard. 26 October 1997
Episode 6 Blue Watch rescue two men stuck on a hydraulic platform. 2 November 1997
Episode 7 Sicknote, Maggie, Clingfilm and Gregg perform at the talent night. 9 November 1997
Episode 8 Billy's sister Jo goes missing. 16 November 1997
Episode 9 Blue Watch rescue a man stuck in a chimney and Carole learns she may be transferred away. 23 November 1997
Episode 10 Nick saves a man hanging from a ladder and Sicknote joins a protest movement. 30 November 1997
Episode 11 George and Pearce make a shocking discovery in a flat and Billy gets into a fight. 4 January 1998
Episode 12 Blue Watch rescue two boys trapped in a rubbish dump and Billy is charged with murder. 11 January 1998
Episode 13 The watch save a man stuck on a bungee rope and are called to a fire in a science lab. 18 January 1998
Episode 14 The watch are called to help a man trapped in a telephone booth. 25 January 1998
Episode 15 The pump crew get caught up in a mini riot and Recall and Jack have a fight. 1 February 1998
Episode 16 Billy decides to take some leave after a shout at a school. 8 February 1998
Episode 17 The pump crew are sent to standby at Upham. 15 February 1998
Episode 18 Gregg is injured during a huge fire at a bus depot. 22 February 1998
Series 11
Episode 1

Nick is promoted to ADO and Blue Watch gets three new members: Dan Barratt, Sally Fields and Joe Walker.

12 September 1998
Episode 2 Jack and Recall are freed from the blaze, and the inquest into Dan's orders begins. 19 September 1998
Episode 3 Blue Watch free a trapped burglar and meet their new Station Officer, Chris Hammond. 26 September 1998
Episode 4 Dan and Clingfilm rescue a deaf man and Jean has a surprise for Sicknote. 3 October 1998
Episode 5 Joe and Sally get closer and Recall joins a dating agency. 10 October 1998
Episode 6 Chris feels the pressure when a new senior officer arrives at Blackwall. 17 October 1998
Episode 7 Joyriders cause a car crash. 24 October 1998
Episode 8 Chris and Nick continue to clash and a cinema fire ends in tragedy. 31 October 1998
Episode 9 Blue Watch are still in shock when they are called to rescue a man trapped in a silo. 10 January 1999
Episode 10 Lisa makes hoax calls to Blackwall and the team deal with a fire at a school. 17 January 1999
Episode 11 Blue Watch rescue a puppy stuck in a pipe. 24 January 1999
Episode 12 Maggie takes in Joe and Hammond's problems mount up. 31 January 1999
Episode 13 Dan is trapped on an unstable scaffolding and Jack learns where Linda and Stephen are. 7 February 1999
Episode 14 Jack suffers a breakdown while on a shout and George faces dismissal. 14 February 1999
Episode 15 Chris calls the police on Recall and Blue Watch deal with a incident involving a fuel tanker and horses. 21 February 1999
Episode 16 Sally takes her probationary exams and the team tackle a fire on a ship. 28 February 1999
Series 12
Episode 1 A group of students stage a protest on HMS Belfast and Recall is accused of assault at a hotel fire. 9 January 2000
Episode 2 Rob 'Hyper' Sharpe joins Blue Watch and Fiona proposes to Geoff. 16 January 2000
Episode 3 Chris rescues a man stuck in a window cleaner's cradle and Geoff finally has an answer for Fiona. 23 January 2000
Episode 4 The pump crew attend a shout at a mortuary and Sally tries to talk round a woman threatening to commit suicide. 30 January 2000
Episode 5 Recall attends his disciplinary hearing and the crew are called to help three men trapped under rubble at a building site. 6 February 2000
Episode 6 Blue Watch deal with a major road traffic accident and its judging day in the best-kept fire station competition. 13 February 2000
Episode 7 A group of residents protest the demolition of their homes and Chris gets some bad news. 20 February 2000
Episode 8 Recall is reinstated at Blackwall and Geoff and Fiona's wedding day arrives. 27 February 2000
Episode 9 Blue Watch's new Station Officer arrives and they are called to an RTA caused by bickering drug dealers. 5 March 2000
Episode 10 The RTA escalates into an armed stand off involving Dan and Joe and George walks out on Kelly. 30 April 2000
Episode 11 Blue Watch are called to rescue people trapped on an upturned pleasure boat. 7 May 2000
Episode 12 Hyper has a surprise announcement for the watch. 21 May 2000
Episode 13 A magician gets trapped in his own magic cabinet and a young boy gets stuck on a ferris wheel. 4 June 2000
Episode 14 Pearce and Pitbull clash over Bruno and Blue Watch deal with a fire at a nightclub. 11 June 2000
Episode 15 George, Dan and Joe receive their medals and the watch attend an incident at a disused swimming pool. 18 June 2000
Episode 16 Disaster strikes when Blue Watch deal with a huge blaze at a Chinese warehouse. 9 July 2000
Series 13
Episode 1 Blue Watch move to new premises and Fiona goes into labour. 21 January 2001
Episode 2 Pearce and Recall are still trapped after the explosion. 28 January 2001
Episode 3 Blue Watch deal with a light aircraft crash and George is accused of theft. 4 February 2001
Episode 4 The team have problems when called to a fire at a foreign embassy and Blue Watch get a new Crew Commander. 11 February 2001
Episode 5 Melissa makes an immediate impression and George learns he is to be transferred to staff. 18 February 2001
Episode 6 The watch save a cat trapped under the floorboards and Hyper's quick thinking saves Pearce at a pumping station. 25 February 2001
Episode 7 Sally is still in shock and finally comes clean about what happened. 4 March 2001
Episode 8 George is injured on a shout. 11 March 2001
Episode 9 Bateman confronts Sally and Blue Watch tackle a blaze in a tunnel. 18 March 2001
Episode 10 The crew are still dealing with the tunnel fire and Adam gets a shock at a warehouse fire. 25 March 2001
Episode 11 Eve's christening doesn't go as planned and a familiar face returns. 1 April 2001
Episode 12 Pearce is heartbroken about Bruno and Hi Ho takes it badly when a woman they rescued dies in hospital. 22 April 2001
Episode 13 The Watch buy Pearce a new dog and George finally makes up with Andie. 29 April 2001
Episode 14 Adam is arrested and a youth club is attacked with a gas bomb. 6 May 2001
Episode 15 A warehouse worker gets stuck in a freezer and Adam learns the truth from Elaine. 13 May 2001
Episode 16 Blue Watch rescue a married man left hanging after visiting his lover and an arsonist starts a fire at a hospital. 20 May 2001
Series 14
Episode 1 Recall rescues a baby but tragedy strikes moments later. 7 July 2002
Episode 2 Recall's funeral. 14 July 2002
Episode 3 Blue Watch get a new recruit. 21 July 2002
Episode 4 Mick and Frank are still at odds and the two pumps race each other to a shout. 28 July 2002
Episode 5 The inquiry into Recall's death takes place and Charlie gets a delivery at Blackwall. 4 August 2002
Episode 6 Sally's nephew turns up at the station and Adam gets mugged. 11 August 2002
Episode 7 The watch deal with a fire at a block of flats and Frank agrees to be on the boxing team. 18 August 2002
Episode 8 A Russian satellite is set to hit London and Blue Watch have to prepare. 25 August 2002

See also[]

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