Episode 4 (series 4)
S4 Ep4
Series 4
Episode 4
Airdate October 20, 1991
Audience Unknown
Writer Tony Hoare
Director Mike Vardy
Producer Paul Knight
Previous episode Episode 3 (series 4)
Next episode Episode 5 (series 4)

Episode 4 (series 4) is the fourth episode of London's Burning's fourth series. In the episode, Colin meets Zoe on a shout and the pump crew are sent on standby in Kent.

Episode SummaryEdit

A bickering elderly couple are having difficulties moving their sofa down the stairs when a stray cigarette which had fell underneath the sofa causes the sofa to catch fire. Their young neighbour Zoe calls the Fire Brigade. Blue Watch arrive on the scene and Colin takes a shine to Zoe. He rushes up to rescue Mabel's pet budgie, only to find it dead in its cage. He tries to revive it with a burst of air from his BA, which shoots it right out of the window. Sandra is still fuming about her kitchen and has taken to hitting the tarpaulin with a frying pan. Colin returns to see Zoe later, ostensibly to find out whether the budgie returned, and asks her out on a date.

White Watch's Charlie returns from a holiday in Florida and gives George a bottle of local rum, but George is teetotal, so he gives it to Malcolm. Sandra returns home and finds Bayleaf, George, Kevin and Colin sitting on her sofa drinking beer while Technique fixes the plumbing. Sicknote holds his weekly council surgeries as councillor when an injured drunken Irishman wanders in looking for treatment. Jaffa and Colin buy Technique's window cleaning round. George and Kevin spot Rick and his friend walking out of a pub. They catch them off guard and beat them up. Jaffa realises that Technique has conned them and sold his round several times over.

Hallam's crew are sent on standby to the Kent countryside. They get lost en route and while racing to a farm fire take a wrong turn and get stuck in the mud. To make matters worse at the barn fire, George is trying to move a tractor from the burning barn to prevent the fire growing in case the fuel tank explodes. The only thing George only succeeds in demolishing the barn even more. Kate gets chatted up by one of the retained firefighters in Kent. Venetia turns up at Blackwall to accuse Kevin of assaulting Rick. He denies it and she slaps him. Nick spots this and again warns Kevin about his attitude. Helen's boss Peter arrives at Malcolm's for dinner. Peter helps himself to the Florida rum as he and Malcolm engage in a battle of wills over Helen. Peter then pulls a funny face and gingerly heads to the bathroom. The next day everyone is in hysterics as George reveals that, unbeknown to him, the rum had been spiked with horse laxative as a wheeze.


  • Rick's friend - David Kielty
  • Venetia - Karen Frawley
  • Police sergeant - Brian Osborne
  • Jeff - Michael Fenner
  • Peter - Harvey Ashby
  • Charlie - Eamon Geoghegan
  • Delivery man - Shend
  • Delivery man's mate - Neville Robinson
  • 1st petitioner - Michael Bevis
  • 2nd petitioner - Alwyne Taylor
  • Paddy - David Barrass
  • Lady petitioner - Edwina Day
  • Larry - Paul Sharples
  • Ralph - Dominic Grant
  • Farmer - Brian Bowes
  • Fred - Peter Barnes
  • Shopkeeper - Lyndam Gregory
  • Mr Barnes - Christopher Grimes

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