Caught a bit of a late 90s episode of London's Burning on Drama today and who was in it but good old Christopher Fairbank. He was playing a construction worker who gets rescued from quicksand or something. It's on at 1am if you fancy recording it.
I know he's more well known for playing Chrissie in Crocodile Shoes but saw Paul Palance who was playing a parochial gangster type in The Bill on Drama an episode where Burnside goes undercover in Newcastle trying to muscle in on the action there. He was the drunk heckler who Rod chins outside the club in Series 3 episode Bridge over Troubled Water.
Not 100% sure but isn't he one of Jimmy Nail's mates or something?