The Smoke (TV series)

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The Smoke
The Smoke Title.jpg
Genre Drama
Created by Lucy Kirkwood
Written by Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Mike Barker
Samuel Donovan
Julian Holmes
Starring Jamie Bamber
Jodie Whittaker
Rhashan Stone
Taron Egerton
Pippa Bennett-Warner
Gerard Kearns
Dorian Lough
David Walmsley
Martyn Ellis
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Production location(s) London, England, UK
Running time 60 minutes (Including Advertisements)
Release
Original network Sky1
Original release 20 February (2014-02-20) – 10 April 2014 (2014-04-10)
External links
Production website

The Smoke is a British drama that debuted on Sky1 on 20 February 2014.[1] The show is written by Lucy Kirkwood and stars Jamie Bamber, Taron Egerton, Jodie Whittaker and Rhashan Stone.

The show was cancelled after one series.[2]

Plot[edit]

The series describes the high-adrenaline adventures of White Watch, a team of London firefighters. Leading the crew is Kev, 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 and his cocksure friend and fellow firefighter Mal. Other members of the crew include the fearless Ziggy and the mysterious new boy Dennis.[3]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Jamie Bamber as Kev Allison, the leader of White Watch.
  • Jodie Whittaker as Trish Tooley, Kev's supportive girlfriend.
  • Rhashan Stone as Mal Milligan, a member of White Watch and Kev's best friend.
  • Taron Egerton as Dennis "Asbo" Severs, the rookie of White Watch with a troubled past.
  • Pippa Bennett-Warner as Ziggy Brown, a member of White Watch.
  • Gerard Kearns as Little Al, a member of White Watch.
  • Dorian Lough as Billy "Mince", a member of White Watch.
  • David Walmsley as Rob, a member of White Watch.
  • Martyn Ellis as Big Al, station manager.

Recurring[edit]

  • Amit Shah as Nick Chandrakala, White Watch Commander.
  • Sam Gittins as Gog, the one responsible for Kev's accident.
  • Sinead Matthews as Julia Tooley, Trish's sister.
  • Elizabeth Berrington as Pauline Pynchon, a therapist.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Viewing Figures (000's)
Sourced by BARB; figures include Sky1 and Sky1+1
1"Episode 1"Mike BarkerLucy Kirkwood20 February 2014 (2014-02-20)939,000
Fire chief Kev returns to duty after receiving serious injuries at the hands of arsonists.
2"Episode 2"Mike BarkerLucy Kirkwood27 February 2014 (2014-02-27)807,000
Emotional wounds are reopened when Kev and Mal fall out after witnessing a tragic accident, paving the way for a threatening figure to get closer to Kev.
3"Episode 3"Samuel DonovanLucy Kirkwood6 March 2014 (2014-03-06)659,000

It's the morning after the night before and morale is low in White Watch as the team launch a risky rescue attempt. Kev discovers that Gog, a friend of fellow fireman Asbo, was the thug responsible for his injuries and Little Al gets in over his head at a cage fight.

Guest Starring: Jessica-Jane Clement as Tanya the ring girl and Geoff Bell as Betting Thug
4"Episode 4"Samuel DonovanLucy Kirkwood, Chloe Moss & Tim Price13 March 2014 (2014-03-13)632,000
Things get very personal during a rescue when a secret of Ziggy's is exposed. The firefighters use a crane to rescue a very fat woman from her burning house. Meanwhile, Kev gets revenge on Gog by taking his pit bull to the dog pound and Trish shares some shocking news.
5"Episode 5"Julian HolmesLucy Kirkwood & Daragh Carville20 March 2014 (2014-03-20)623,000

The animosity between Dennis (Asbo) and Mal reaches boiling point, which has explosive consequences during a rescue at a dilapidated building. Meanwhile Trish visits her daughter.

Guest Starring: Lolita Chakrabarti as Rachel
6"Episode 6"Julian HolmesLucy Kirkwood27 March 2014 (2014-03-27)641,000

It's the one-year anniversary of the Churchill Estate fire and, while Dennis reaches breaking point, information comes to light that could lead Kev to the truth.

Guest Starring: Gary Lewis as Dennis's father
7"Episode 7"Mike BarkerLucy Kirkwood3 April 2014 (2014-04-03)734,000

The powerful drama intensifies as White Watch try to save Trish from an explosive situation in the Blackwall Tunnel.

Guest Starring: Simone McAullay as Nurse Janine
8"Episode 8"Mike BarkerLucy Kirkwood10 April 2014 (2014-04-10)675,000
Following the Blackwall Tunnel explosion, Kev takes drastic measures to move on. Gog is subjected to an arson attack by Rosa, a mother whose baby was murdered by Gog in the first episode.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wollaston, Sam (21 February 2014). "The Smoke – TV review". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Smoke Ends". Sky.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  3. ^ "The Smoke TV Series - Episodes". Sky.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 

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