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John Hallam
Hallam
Rank Sub Officer
Station Blackwall Fire Station
Spouse(s) Sandra
Relatives 2 children (unnamed)
Played by Sean Blowers
First appearance Pilot (1986)
Last appearance Series 9, Episode 5 (1996)

John Hallam was Sub Officer at Blackwall Fire Station. He made his first appearance in the pilot movie and his last in series nine, when he was killed in the line of duty.

BiographyEdit

John Hallam was Sub Officer at Blackwall for over a decade. He was dour, straight laced and a reliable, career minded officer, given to remarking "I'm impressed", be it genuine or ironic. He was married to the bossy Sandra, who was constantly urging him to try for promotion. In early series the Hallams had children, but they were never referred to in later episodes. He applied for the position of Station Officer after Sidney Tate retired, and lost out to Nick Georgiadis, which was initially a source of tension between them. Expecting John to be promoted, Sandra had arranged for their kitchen to be refitted. In recompense, Bayleaf, George and Kevin offered to do it instead, though it went wrong and they were left a hole in their kitchen wall for weeks.

John was not pleased when his elderly father-in-law Albert moved in with them, especially as he insisted on pulling out his prized plants, thinking they were weeds. On Christmas Day, Albert doused the Christmas pudding with brandy and when John lit it it blew up in his face, singeing his eyebrows. The watch couldn't contain their amusement, and sang "Ding dong merrily on high, the Sub has got no eyebrows!" While on a course with his friend Duffy, he refused to join in Duffy's womanizing and hi-jinks, so Duffy smeared lipstick on John's underwear. Sandra was fuming when she found it and made him sleep on the sofa; he returned to Blackwall to be greeted by everyone singing "Have you seen the y-front man?".

On a shout, Hallam was left embarrassed after calling out reinforcements to look for a missing person on the say so of an alcoholic homeless woman. During series 2, he was appointed temporary Station Officer at Borough Street, where it was apparent that a group of racist officers were victimizing Desmond Maddox, a black officer who they almost drowned. Hallam testified at their disciplinary hearing, and they were all dismissed from the service. For his part, Hallam pleaded guilty for lack of supervision, and was fined. At the 20 pump warehouse fire, Hallam was buried alive for hours and had to be dug out. His psychological state subsequently deteriorated, despite his insistance that he was fine, and he broke down with Sandra in front of Georgiadis. After visiting a counsellor, John was eventually fit enough to return to work.

He was seconded to work for the Fire Investigation Unit alongside Peter 'the whale' Jonah and when Jonah left the Brigade to work for a private firm, he recommended John as his assistant. Horrified by the prospect of spending the rest of his working life in an office, John turned it down, to Sandra's fury. Irritated by John's lack of ambition, Sandra decided to forge her own career. She proved a success and frequently went on business trips abroad. During one of her trips, John was introduced to Jenny Matthew, a psychology student who wanted to interview him about his past traumas, and they ended up sleeping together. John then broke it off, but Jenny continued to call him. Both Geoff Pearce and Sandra eventually found out, and he admitted the affair during a blazing row with Sandra, who then walked out.

That night Blue Watch were called to a fire in a high rise building, and Hallam and Pearce went in to find some missing girls. While leading them across a platform, it gave way under John's feet and he slipped down to the edge. He was unable to hold on, and fell some 80ft. He was rushed to hospital, where he died of his injuries. At Sicknote's instigation, a plaque was unveiled near the spot where he died.

AppearancesEdit

See also: John Hallam/Appearances

John Hallam made 88 appearances in London's Burning between 1986 and 1996.






Blue Watch
STATION OFFICERS: Sidney TateNick GeorgiadisChris HammondJohn ColemanMick Callaghan
SUB OFFICERS: John HallamCarole Webb
LEADING FIREFIGHTERS: Malcolm CrossGeoff PearceDan Barratt
FIREFIGHTERS: Lesley 'Charisma' ApplebyKenny 'Rambo' BainesAdam BenjaminGregg Blake
Roland 'Vaseline' CartwrightSally FieldsGeorge GreenJosie InghamAndreas 'Ethnic' Lewis
Stuart 'Recall' MacKenzieCharlie MeadKevin MedhurstFrank MooneyJack MorganChris 'Skippy' Newman
Colin ParrishBert 'Sicknote' QuigleyBilly RaySally ReidCraig RossTony SandersonRob 'Hyper' Sharpe
Ronnie 'Hi Ho' SilverKate StevensJoe WalkerMike 'Bayleaf' Wilson
MISC: Lloyd AndersonVernon 'Clingfilm' ChiversMelissa ClarkeLiver SaltsCarmen MillerJaffa Parrish
SparkyWebley

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