Bert 'Sicknote' Quigley
Placeholder person
Rank Fire Fighter
Station Blackwall Fire Station
Spouse(s) Jean Quigley
Relatives Owen (adopted)
Played by Richard Walsh
First appearance 'TV Movie' (1986)
Last appearance 'Series 3, Episode 8' (2000)

Bert 'Sicknote' Quigley was a Firefighter at Blackwall Fire Station until dying in the line of duty in 2000.

BackgroundBert Quigley is married to Jean, whom he met at the Penge Occasional Players (POPS). He joined the Fire Brigade in the mid-Seventies and whilst in service earned his nickname due to his chronic hypochondria. Sicknote is an ambitious thespian with POPS and has dreams of turning professional.Edit


In 1988 Sicknote and the rest of Blue Watch were hosting an open day at the station, with Sicknote dressed as a banana, when they were involved in an armed seige. Following a long stand-off and the use of Sicknote's acting skills the watch were freed without any serious consequences. When drawing 'lots' Sicknote was gutted to find out that he would have to work over Christmas and as a consequence would miss the POPS production of Cinderella.

The following year Sicknote campaigned against smoking in the station mess due to the adverse effects it was having on his health. He was also called on to help George in the prusuit of love by singing behind a tree whilst George 'sang' to Julie. When POPS recruited Dominic, a new leading man, Sicknote became jealous of the amount of time he was spending with Jean. Sicknote resigned in protest expecting Jean to follow him however when Jean refused he walked out on Jean and their marriage. Sicknote moved in with Charisma much to Charisma's dismay who was driven mad by Sicknote's peculiar ways. When Dominic later injures his larynx Sicknote was asked to reprise the lead role and Jean invited him to move back in with him.

Whilst attending a shout at a Chinese warehouse in 2000 Sicknote and fellow firefighter Joe Walker were killed in action following a devestating explosion.


Sicknote appeared in episodes of London's Burning between 1986 and 2000.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Fire Fighter Bert 'Sicknote' Quigley was played by Richard Walsh in the TV Movie (1986) and in the Televison Series (1988-2000)
  • In early episodes of London's Burning Sicknote and Jean had children but were never seen. Later on in the series it was stated that they never had any children.
  • Richard Walsh was the last remaining character from the 'TV Movie' upon his departure and the second longest serving character in the series as a whole.