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Fans of London’s Burning will be keen to see if Sky’s The Smoke lives up to the popular LWT saga.

Sky 1 have announced the fire brigade saga will air from late next month.

From Kudos Film and TV, the makers of Broadchurch and The Tunnel, and written by Lucy Kirkwood is an eight part series which follows the high-adrenaline adventures of the White Watch, a team of London firefighters.

Leading the crew is Kev (Jamie Bamber) a good man injured and betrayed during the worst fire of his career. Standing by Kev’s side as he returns to work is his gutsy girlfriend Trish (Jodie Whittaker) who is striving to hold on to love against the odds and his cocksure friend and fellow firefighter Mal (Rhashan Stone) whose loyalty is tested to the extreme.

At the heart of the series is the White Watch family: Little Al (Gerard Kearns), Ziggy (Pippa Bennett-Warner), Rob (David Walmsley), Billy the Mince (Dorian Lough), and new boy Dennis (Taron Egerton).

THE SMOKE is a gripping ensemble drama about what it’s really like to be a firefighter in Britain today. And that it’s tough trying to be a hero in a world that dismisses and disregards heroes. But whatever White Watch might go through, they are never beaten down, and they are always able to fall back on one another. – Sky

ITV’s Londons Burning, focusing on the blue watch team of Blackwall Fire Station, ran on the network from 1986 until 2002. Produced by London Weekend Television it became a ratings winner until budgets were cut, leaving emergency sequences at a minimum. The Smoke will be compared to its long running predecessor and fans of the show will hope the Sky 1 series proves more successful than ITV’s attempt to recreate the success of London’s Burning in Yorkshire Television’s Steel River Blues which only ran for one series.

The Smoke will air on Sky 1 HD from Thursday 20th February at 9pm.

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