Sitcom Firecrackers channelled Will Hay’s Where’s That Fire as it detailed the misadventures of the inept firemen in the village of Copper’s End. Charlie (Alfred Marks) is the fire chief trying to deal with his workshy crew who preferred drinking, playing cards or sleeping to actually fighting fires.
Bessie was their 60 year old fire engine (which was hired by the production from Lord Montagu’s Motor Museum.)
Incidentally Where’s That Fire was filmed in the same Elstree studios as this series.
UK / ITV – ATV / 13×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 29 August 1964 – 20 February 1965 black and white
Creator: Fred Robinson / Writers: Fred Robinson, John Warren / Producer: Alan Tarrant / Director: Josephine Douglas
Alfred Marks as Charlie
Cardew Robinson as Hairpin (series 1)
Joe Baker as Jumbo
Sidney Bromley as Weary Willie
Ronnie Brody as Loverboy
Clive Elliott as Tadpole (series 2)
John Arnatt as Station Officer Blazer
Norman Chappell as Leading Fireman Piggott
Colin Douglas as George