Ding Dong Merrily
Ding Dong Merrily
Series 1
Episode 6
Airdate 25 December 1988
Audience Unknown
Writer Tony Hoare
Director Les Blair
Producer Paul Knight
Previous episode Episode 5 (series 1)
Next episode Episode 1 (series 2)

"Ding Dong Merrily" is a Christmas special episode of London's Burning which was first aired on 25 December 1988.

Episode SummaryEdit

Christmas is approaching, and Josie, Bayleaf, Kevin and Malcolm spot Charisma dressed up as Santa Claus collecting money for charity, only for him to be pickpocketed by two youths who nearly get away. The watch draw lots to decide who gets to have Christmas Day off; Vaseline gets the full day and Tony gets a first reserve for staff shortages at other stations, much to Sicknote's annoyance, as he was hoping to appear in a Christmas panto. Whilst the gearbox was being fixed on their pump they used an old rusted out spare escape appliance, while racing to a shout, it has a collision with a car being driven by a drunk driver and tips over. Josie and Bayleaf spend the night together and sleep with each other. The next morning a visibly hungover Josie gives the rest of the watch a piece of her mind.

George and Vaseline moonlight as chauffeurs for George's brother in law Cyril, but George is arrested for kerb crawling and Vaseline crashes his car into a house. Tony and Dorothy have Christmas dinner with their parents, who do not get along, and both finally snap and walk out. Kevin's father escapes from prison and turns up at Blackwall, to Kevin's embarrassment.

Hallam's eyebrows are burned off after his father in law douses the Christmas pudding with too much brandy, a source of amusement for the watch when Hallam shows up for duty. The watch are called to a fire at a restaurant where Vaseline is having dinner with Marion. They all return to Blackwall for Christmas dinner. George, finally released from the police station, also arrives at the station and, in tribute to Hallam's mishap, they all sing "Ding Dong Merrily on High, the Sub has got no eyebrows!"


  • Barney Sanderson - Ruddy L. Davis
  • Josie's mum - Sandra Voe
  • Josie's dad - Glenn Williams
  • Josie's brother - David Warwick
  • Buttons - Simon Butteriss
  • Theatre Director - Richard Syms
  • Ugly sister - Peter MacKriel
  • Ugly sister - Alex Bregonzi
  • Sergeant - Arthur White
  • Policewoman - Caroline Webster
  • Partygoer - Jonathan Coote
  • Partygoer - Lorraine Melins
  • Partygoer - Alan Perrin
  • Woman at Donna's - Penny Ryder
  • Woman at Donna's - Natasha Williams
  • Drunk - Trevor Cooper
  • Woman in flat - Denise Ryan
  • Man in flat - Fred Haggerty
  • Passenger in limo - Charles Collingwood
  • Chef - Graham Walters
  • Assistant chef - Derek Ware
  • Fireman - Garrie J. Lemmin
  • Woman in supermarket - Yvonne Riley
  • Drunk driver - Jason White
  • Paul - Paul Carter