Steel River Blues

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Steel River Blues is a British television drama serial first broadcast in September 2004 on ITV. Produced by Ken Horn, it was based on the working and private lives of a group of firefighters in Middlesbrough. Critics were quick to dub the new drama "Middlesbrough's Burning" or "Teesside's Burning", after the popular fire-fighting drama that preceded it, London's Burning, yet there were very few similarities between the two, apart from them being about the business of firefighting.

Like its predecessor, Steel River Blues was an ensemble drama without any single starring part, though perhaps the best-known actor was Daniel Casey, who was previously a co-star in ITV's ratings banker, Midsomer Murders. Other stars included Joanne Farrell as Firefighter Nicky Higgins, Stuart Graham as Station Officer Bill McGlinchy, Daniel Ainsleigh as Firefighter Jeremy Lloyd, Satnam Bhogal as Firefighter Sunil Gupta The show's title song was performed by Middlesbrough-born Chris Rea.

It was announced in January 2005 that the series would not be recommissioned.

Main cast[edit]

  • John Bowler - Divisional Officer Mick Hammond
  • Stuart Graham - Station Officer Bill McGlinchy
  • Steven Hillman - Sub Officer Alan Priestley
  • Daniel Casey - Leading Firefighter Tony Barnes
  • Charles Dale - Firefighter George Barnes
  • Daniel Ryan - Firefighter Andy Coulson
  • Satnam Bhogal - Firefighter Sunil Gupta
  • Mark Cameron - Firefighter Roger Hibbot
  • Michael Nardone - Firefighter Dave Tanner
  • Joanne Farrell - Firefighter Nicky Higgins
  • Daniel Ainsleigh - Firefighter Jeremy Lloyd
  • Nitin Kundra - Firefighter Asif Hussain
  • Kelly Wenham - Firefighter Julie Priestley
  • Clare Buckfield - Leading Control Call Operator Katy Bell
  • Victoria Hawkins - Control Operator Sandra Harris

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