Fire (TV series)

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Fire
Fire (1995) title.jpg
Genre Drama
Starring Andy Anderson
Wayne Pygram
Tayler Kane
Liddy Clark
Deborra-Lee Furness
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Liberty Films
Broadcast
Original channel Seven Network
Original run 14 February 1995 – 9 May 1996

Fire is an Australian television series transmitted on the Seven Network between 1995 and 1996. It was shown in the UK & Ireland on Sky One. In 1999 and 2000, the series was shown on Channel 5.

The series explored the lives of a platoon of firefighters. The leading cast members included: Andy Anderson, Georgie Parker, Peter Phelps, Shane Connor, Deborra-Lee Furness, Danny Adcock, Wayne Pygram, Tottie Goldsmith, Liddy Clark, Aaron Jeffery, Tayler Kane and Max Phipps.

Cast[edit]

Season One:

Firefighter Morgan "Mad Dog" Cartwright ~ Georgie Parker
Station Officer Nick "The Boss" Connor ~ Peter Phelps
Senior Station Officer Quentin "Spit" Jacobsen ~ Wayne Pygram
Firefighter John "Repo" Kennedy ~ Andy Anderson
Firefighter Louis "Grievous" Fazio ~ Tayler Kane
Firefighter David "Giraffe" Simpson ~ Shane Feeney-Connor
Firefighter Richard "Banjo" Gates ~ Aaron Jeffery
Firefighter Edward "Dinosaur" Spence ~ Max Phipps

Season Two

Senior Station Officer Quentin "Spit" Jacobsen ~ Wayne Pygram
Station Officer Montgomery "Seldom" Webber ~ Damian Pike
Firefighter John "Repo" Kennedy ~ Andy Anderson
Firefighter Louis "Grievous" Fazio ~ Tayler Kane
Firefighter Danny "Nugget" Hunt ~ Danny Adcock
Firefighter Marilyn "Tex" Perez ~ Tottie Goldsmith
Firefighter Greta "Garbo" Fazio ~ Fiona MacGregor
Firefighter Peter "TNT" Thompson ~ Robert Morgan
Firefighter Martin "Mary" Hawthorne ~ Damian Rice

Recurring Characters

Dolores Kennedy ~ Deborra-Lee Furness
Detective Sergeant Jean Diamond ~ Liddy Clark
Det. Sen. Sgt. Ron Chandler ~ John Heywood
Det. Henri Aldridge ~ Andrew McKaige
Det. Vlad Hadzic ~ Wayne Cull
Al ~ Norman Steiner
Dr. David Crown ~ Sean Scully
Ted Cartwright ~ Daniel Roberts
Anne Risdale ~ Anne Tenney
Sophie Harrison ~ Genevieve Picot
Jimmy Runyon ~ Kym Gyngell
Dr. Pru Eberhardt ~ Angela Punch McGregor

Season 1[edit]

The series starts with new female recruit Morgan Cartwright (Georgie Parker) joining the ranks of South East Fire station in Brisbane. Morgan has to face prejudices in the male dominated profession, mainly from the icy platoon sergeant "Spit". Other characters include The Boss (Peter Phelps), Grievous, Banjo (Aaron Jeffrey), Dinosaur, Repo (Andy Anderson) and Giraffe.

The local arson squad also play a very prominent part from the beginning of season 1. Detective Sergeant Jean Diamond (Liddy Clark) has been investigating a series of fires for over a year, which she believes to actually be the work of a firefighter. Knowing that Morgan has just joined South East, Jean approaches Morgan and puts her theory to her. She asks that Morgan will be her "eyes and ears" in the fire station. This makes life complicated for Morgan.

Ultimately, Detective Diamond's theory is proved correct. It is revealed that one of the firefighters from South East has been lighting fires.

Season 1 was made with the cooperation of the Queensland Fire Service and their appliances were used during filming as well as their logos. The two main appliances used at South East were an International ACCO Teleboom and a Firepac appliance.

Season 2[edit]

Season 2 was centred on a different fire station. However, three fire fighters from the original series were retained and joined by new characters at West End fire station. After the death of Repo's father, he decides to apply for the rank of Station Officer at West End. He gains the promotion much to the disgust of Spit, the Senior Station Officer. After some events that take place at fire scenes, Repo decides that he would be happier just being a firefighter. He steps down from the position of Station Officer and this vacancy is taken by Seldom, who has recently passed his tests.

Meanwhile Tex finds out that she is pregnant and is confused as to what to do. She talks to Repo's wife, Dolores and her Doctor and decides to terminate.

The station is a mix of various characters. Grievous is the womaniser who loves to fight fires and finds out that he has a son from the turkey baster incident in season 1. Nugget is the veteran who just likes to get on with the job. Mary, the Army wannabe loves regiment and discipline and looks up to Spit. TNT is the union rep at the station who seems to always look on the negative side of everything (hence the nickname "Totally Negative Tommo").

Seldom gets himself into disciplinary trouble with Spit, when his vendetta against Jimmy Runyon (Kym Gyngell) becomes far more than job related. After TNT makes some disparaging remarks towards the Commissioner he finds himself transferred to the bush. His replacement is Greta Fazio who just happens to be Grievous' cousin. She is a bit of a daredevil (earning herself the nickname "Garbo") and takes a little while to settle in. She becomes involved in a sexual harassment case with Nugget, which ultimately ends in tragedy.

Season 2 was made without the support of the Queensland Fire Service. The made up name of Queensland Fire Brigade was used during this season with a different logo. Appliances used were purchased/loaned to make the show. The two main appliances used at West End were an International ACCO Pumper and a RFW Wormald Simon Snorkel appliance. The withdrawal of support by the Queensland Fire Service was the result of concerns raised by the United Firefighters Union and Fire Service management about the way firefighters and the fire service were portrayed in the first season.

Both Season 1 and 2 were released on DVD as separate Box Sets by Beyond DVD/Force Entertainment in Australia.

List of episodes[edit]

Season 1: 1995[edit]

Episode Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate
1-01 (1) "The Curse" Peter Fisk Tony Cavanaugh 14 February 1995 (1995-02-14)
1-02 (2) "United We Stand" Megan Simpson Tony Cavanaugh 21 February 1995 (1995-02-21)
1-03 (3) "Doppelganger" Gary Conway Tony Cavanaugh 28 February 1995 (1995-02-28)
1-04 (4) "The Rip Off" Peter Fisk Tony Cavanaugh 7 March 1995 (1995-03-07)
1-05 (5) "The Bushfire" Megan Simpson-Huberman Deborah Cox 14 March 1995 (1995-03-14)
1-06 (6) "Hellfire" Peter Fisk Tony Cavanaugh & Deborah Cox 21 March 1995 (1995-03-21)
1-07 (7) "Crazy Horse" Geoffrey Bennett Deborah Cox 28 March 1995 (1995-03-28)
1-08 (8) "Galileo and Da Vinci" Megan Simpson Tony Cavanaugh 4 April 1995 (1995-04-04)
1-09 (9) "Evening Star" Catherine Millar Tony Cavanaugh & Deborah Cox 11 April 1995 (1995-04-11)
1-10 (10) "Sanctums" Peter Fisk Everett de Roche 18 April 1995 (1995-04-18)
1-11 (11) "Glory Days" Donald Crombie Everett de Roche 25 April 1995 (1995-04-25)
1-12 (12) "The Father of Paradox" Peter Fisk Everett de Roche 2 May 1995 (1995-05-02)
1-13 (13) "Shadows" Peter Fisk Everett de Roche & Tony Cavanaugh 9 May 1995 (1995-05-09)

Season 2: 1996[edit]

Episode Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate
2-01 (14) "Down the Barrel" Peter Fisk Tony Cavanaugh & Peter Schreck 14 February 1996 (1996-02-14)
2-02 (15) "The Accident" Geoffrey Bennett Tony Cavanaugh 21 February 1996 (1996-02-21)
2-03 (16) "The Responsibility" Ross McGregor Tony Cavanaugh 28 February 1996 (1996-02-28)
2-04 (17) "The Big Bang" Peter Fisk Tony Cavanaugh 7 March 1996 (1996-03-07)
2-05 (18) "Vendetta (I)" Geoffrey Nottage Tony Cavanaugh 14 March 1996 (1996-03-14)
2-06 (19) "Vendetta (II)" Ross McGregor Tony Cavanaugh & Graham Hartley 21 March 1996 (1996-03-21)
2-07 (20) "Vendetta (III)" Peter Fisk Tony Cavanaugh 28 March 1996 (1996-03-28)
2-08 (21) "Vendetta (IV)" Geoffrey Bennett Graham Hartley 4 April 1996 (1996-04-04)
2-09 (22) "Vendetta (V)" Ross McGregor Graham Hartley 11 April 1996 (1996-04-11)
2-10 (23) "War of the Worlds (I) - Who's Afraid of Greta Garbo?" Peter Fisk Everett de Roche 18 April 1996 (1996-04-18)
2-11 (24) "War of the Worlds (II) - Fools Paradise" Geoffrey Nottage Everett de Roche 25 April 1996 (1996-04-25)
2-12 (25) "War of the Worlds (III)" Ross McGregor Everett de Roche 2 May 1996 (1996-05-02)
2-13 (26) "War of the Worlds (IV)" Peter Fisk Everett de Roche 9 May 1996 (1996-05-09)

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