Brian Ash is a young lieutenant who is assigned to a UXB unit in the early days of World War II. UXB (UneXploded Bomb) is the signal that an aerial bomb has not exploded. Ash's job is to ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Anthony Andrews ...  Brian Ash 13 episodes, 1979
Maurice Roëves ...  Sergeant James 13 episodes, 1979
George Innes ...  Sapper Wilkins / ... 13 episodes, 1979
Gordon Kane Gordon Kane ...  Sapper Mulley 13 episodes, 1979
Robert Pugh ...  Sapper Powell 12 episodes, 1979
Ken Kitson ...  Corporal Horrocks 11 episodes, 1979
Jeremy Sinden ...  Ivor Rodgers / ... 10 episodes, 1979
Judy Geeson ...  Susan 9 episodes, 1979
Kenneth Cranham ...  Sapper Salt / ... 9 episodes, 1979
Osmund Bullock Osmund Bullock ...  Lieutenant Pringle / ... 7 episodes, 1979
Deborah Watling ...  Norma 7 episodes, 1979
Peter Cartwright ...  Major Luckhurst 7 episodes, 1979
Iain Cuthbertson ...  Doctor Gillespie 6 episodes, 1979
Marjie Lawrence ...  Mrs. Baker 6 episodes, 1979
Royston Tickner Royston Tickner ...  Lieutenant Leckie / ... 6 episodes, 1979
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Brian Ash is a young lieutenant who is assigned to a UXB unit in the early days of World War II. UXB (UneXploded Bomb) is the signal that an aerial bomb has not exploded. Ash's job is to deactivate German bombs, some of which have fuses specifically designed to kill him. Written by Anonymous

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The 'Butterfly Winter' story (episode 10) was loosely based on a true story. In reality the Luftwaffe dropped the 'Butterfly Bomb' (officially known as the SD2) on the towns of Ipswich, Grimsby, Hull and Cleethorpes, and on the island of Malta, but not in the south east as depicted in this episode. They were lethal 2kg cluster bombs that were not designed to go off on impact but rather were either on a pre-set timer or were triggered if they were disturbed. Unfortunately many small children were killed or injured by them when they picked them up thinking they were toys.

The Butterfly bomb was as disruptive as it was nasty, and particularly difficult to deal with. Many if not most of them that had not already detonated were set off in a controlled explosion as they were too fiddly and unpredictable to be defused. Due to the disruption they caused the War Office issued a 'D notice' which requested the British press do not report on raids where these were used. The hope was that by not mentioning it, the German spy network would not mention it in reports and therefore the Luftwaffe would consider the bombs to have been relatively ineffective and be discouraged from using them in future. The plan worked as the bombs were not dropped on any of the major inland cities in Britain. See more »

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It's such a gem!!
30 July 2019 | by fire-33667See all my reviews

For me, personally, this is one of those shows that will always be my favourite. Nowadays, such type of shows don't exist even remotely, as in these times in the name of making the show so called 'realistic', they make it either kind of too depressing or just into something really stupid! After all, a tv show or movie's one of the main purposes is to connect with the audience in the best way possible. For instance, this show has everything, it's realistic, i mean uncannily realistic, it has got humour, it has got romance, it's unpredictable and has really got an element of surprise to it, in short it has got everything, a show of this genre must have, but the difference in this show is that the way in which it has attempted to tell the story of these brave men has a certain charm and understanding to it, which the today's shows thoroughly lack( at least I feel that way)!! According to me, it deserves an even higher rating.. seriously!


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