The lives of a group of soldiers serving in a bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan




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Series cast summary:
Tony Gardner ...  Lieutenant Colonel Smith 21 episodes, 2013-2015
Scott Hoatson Scott Hoatson ...  Rocket 21 episodes, 2013-2015
Jamie Quinn ...  Mac 21 episodes, 2013-2015
Stephen Wight ...  Simon 21 episodes, 2013-2015
Keeno Lee Hector Keeno Lee Hector ...  Faruq 19 episodes, 2013-2015
Katie Lyons ...  Bird 19 episodes, 2013-2015
Oliver Chris ...  Nick 17 episodes, 2013-2015
Kelly Adams ...  Mary 15 episodes, 2013-2014
Matthew Lewis ...  Tower Block 13 episodes, 2013-2015


The lives of a group of soldiers serving in a bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan

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A bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan


Comedy | War


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Release Date:

5 March 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Песчаник 42 See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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(8 Episodes)


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It's filmed in one location at Groot Drankensburg in Franschoek, South Africa See more »


The radios used are PRR insecure which is not allowed in Afghanistan all radio transmissions must be on secured radios which have longer antennas. See more »

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An honest look at the modern squaddie with the black humour of the forces
6 March 2014 | by dom-941-330309See all my reviews

I watched the first of these with little expectation and was shocked at how good and how accurate it is . It's rude , non-politically correct and funny as frig .

I have been addicted to it ever since and my wife who isn't from a military background loves it as well .

The acting is superb from the coarse squaddie up to the CO and everyone in between and they have captured every caricature one has ever served with or for and managed to keep them fresh and interesting - stupid awards , dangerous made up games to keep the adrenaline running and pass the time , the vicious insulting of comrades and the vitriolic defence of comrades all written beautifully and balanced as only the forces can manage .

The only criticism is that they all have most of the kit they need but the writers had to make some concession I suppose .

Watch this and enjoy . BUT if you are are a PC loon then don't bother you will hate it , its reality with a sublime humour .

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