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What’s hotter than a super-hot firefighter? A super-hot firefighter with a British accent. Even hotter than that? An entire show filled with them.

M3’s new summer series The Smoke is basically a live-action firefighter calendar, only with more heroics. The show features Jaime Bamber, formerly of Battlestar Galactica, as the leader of a London fire squad called the White Watch and it has everything you’d expect from a good one-hour television drama: action, arsonists, betrayal, backstabbing, mystery, romance, toplessness and workplace conflict… Oh, and did we mention that it’s about firefighters?

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Cute firefighters?

The Smoke Jamie Bamber

Cute, British firefighters, some of whom are really into sports that don’t involve shirts?

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Heck, even the bad guy isn’t so hard on the eyes (once those stitches heal).

The Smoke bad guy

The Smoke has no shortage of sexy scenes (in case the summer hasn’t been hot enough already for you), starring the genetically blessed people you see above, but it’s more than just eight episodes of summertime eye candy, and we’ve got proof. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek from M3’s hotter-than-hot summer series:


See? Action! And there’s drama, too. Bamber, as Kev Allison, finds his character struggling with a sort of PTSD after a terrifying on-the-job incident that left him badly injured and off work for nearly a year. Upon his return, he finds that a lot has changed, and Kev’s having trouble accepting help and sympathy from his best firefighter buddy, Mal (Shakespearean actor Rhashan Stone). Meanwhile, his girlfriend, who stood by him through the whole ordeal, has been keeping a big secret from him. To top it all off, there’s somebody lurking on the sidelines who still has it in for Kev.

Dire circumstances aside, Bamber manages to bring some lightness and humour to the show. As a victim of third-degree burns, Kev still has time for jokes about toasted buns and hot asses. (Plus that whole dreamy-firefighter aesthetic that we may or may not have already mentioned. Twice? Three times now?)

The Smoke premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST) on M3. Mark your (firefighter) calendars! Until then, there’s this:

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