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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 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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4 January 1981 (USA) See more »

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Bombletarna See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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By a bizarre coincidence, actor Anthony Andrews was jotting down some thoughts for a series about wartime bomb-disposal officers when producer John Hawkesworth telephoned him and, out of the blue, offered him the role of Brian Ash in Danger UXB (1979). See more »

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you can't believe how tense this is
8 September 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Anthony Andrews stars in the 1979 series UXB (unexploded bombs). Andrews plays Brian Ash, a lieutenant assigned to a UXB unit during World War II. If a bomb dropped but didn't explode, it was up to this unit to defuse it so it would no longer be a danger. Of course you had to be careful it didn't blow up in your face. Also there were delayed- fuse bombs set to go off later.

The show uses actual procedures, some of which were only experimental, that were applied to defuse these bombs. Initially these procedures were published, I gather, to boost morale, but the publication helped the Germans design bombs that would overcome the processes. Now the procedures, understandably, are classified.

Danger UXB is terrifying to watch at times, because you simply don't know if the bomb will go off or not. There are no guarantees that a character is going to live - like in real life.

What one is struck by watching this show is how archaic the methods were - huge, awkward machinery, and no protection for the soldier disarming the bomb.

The show stands out not only for its use of real German bombs and the details of the time, but for the real human stories that it tells, with no clichés. Ash is a good, principled man, but he's often scared right down to his socks.

The cast is uniformly excellent: Besides Andrews, Maurice Roeves, Kenneth Cranham, Iain Cuthbertsome, Deborah Watling, Gordon Kane, George Innes, and Judy Geeson, plus many others.

I am watching this on Netflix - if you didn't see it originally, see it now - it's fabulous.


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