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Danger UXB: The Complete Series Special Edition [DVD] [1979]

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  • Actors: Anthony Andrews, Maurice Roëves, George Innes, Gordon Kane, Robert Pugh
  • Writers: Don Shaw, Jeremy Paul, John Hawkesworth, John Whitney
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F5S20K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,387 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The complete series of the wartime drama, starring Anthony Andrews as young officer Brian Ash, who joins the UXB unit during the Blitz, the military organisation responsible for defusing unexploded German bombs. Following Brian through training and as he gains more experience as an officer, the series also follows his growing love for his girlfriend Susan (Judy Geeson), in a world wracked by war. Includes all 13 episodes: 'Dead Man's Shoes'; 'Unsung Heroes'; 'Just Like a Woman'; 'Cast Iron Killer'; 'The Silver Lining'; 'The Quiet Weekend'; 'Digging Out'; 'Bad Company'; 'Seventeen Seconds to Glory'; 'Butterfly Winter'; 'Dead Letter'; 'The Pier'; and 'With Love From Adolf'.

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Harrowing, funny, and immediately addictive, the 1979 British television series Danger UXB stars Anthony Andrews as Army Lieutenant Brian Ash, an engineering student whose excitement about his rapid commission as an officer during World War II is tempered by his unenviable post with a bomb disposal unit. Assigned to a fatality-heavy team that defuses unexploded German bombs scattered throughout London during the blitz, Ash faces down his terror and eventually becomes the closest thing to an expert one can be dismantling sometimes booby-trapped ordnance. In doing so, he earns the respect of his superiors as well as from the enlisted men working under him, and his protracted survival is nothing short of miraculous considering the tragic number of friends and colleagues Ash loses.

There is a dark side, however. The longer Ash sticks with his unit, the more obsessive he becomes about his responsibility to keep London safe. Meanwhile, his nerves grow frayed and his morale collapses. Ash's desperate romance with a married woman (Judy Geeson) provides him little to hold onto, and when a true crisis ambushes his spirit toward the end, one can't be sure if he's headed for the scrap heap of permanent casualties. Based on the recollections of an actual wartime bomb disposer, Danger UXB was created by John Hawkesworth, who later produced (and wrote many episodes for) the fantastic Sherlock Holmes TV series starring Jeremy Brett. Despite many tense moments in Danger UXB's 13 episodes--one is always expecting a bomb to blow away a favorite character--the show is also graced by great humor (Ash's crew sometimes bring to mind Sergeant Bilko's hustlers) and a warm, likable cast. Andrews himself, perhaps, has never been better. This boxed set includes a History Channel documentary, "Bomb Squad." --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ah! Remember the days when television drama relied on well written scripts and quality acting to maintain interest as opposed to flashy editing & bombastic music? Seems so long ago now, doesn't it? With DANGER UXB we have a perfect example of just how good drama on a television budget can be. It's the sort of programme where you really are interested in everything being said & done on screen - How people waited a whole week for the next episode is beyond me!

Of course, those not in the know may wonder how the subject of "World War Two bomb disposal" can maintain a series of this length - The answer: Very easily. No two episodes are alike and the characters easily maintain the viewers interest. The direction is also superb and creates palpable tension: When BRIAN ASH defuses his first bomb in episode 1 I knew he was going to survive. Despite this knowledge my heart was racing as he did his work. I really did marvel at how those brave men did the job for real back in those days and my (already considerable) respect for them became even greater.

This is a quality series - 13 episodes charting the career of Lieutenant Ash and 347 section bomb disposal throughout the war. Anthony Andrews is perfect in the lead, moving from a newcomer utterly out of his depth to a weary veteran by series end. Excellent (And I mean REALLY excellent) support is provided by Maurice Reoves, George Innes, Kenneth Granham & Ken Kitson (and many more!) - I can't emphasize enough how well the cast draw us into their world.

What is so riveting is the fact that several regular cast members are killed off during the series (I won't say who!) and so we are really drawn into the "live every day like it's your last" philosophy that people HAD to adopt back then.
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Thirteen uncut episodes with a total running time of just over eleven hours on four discs, plus a fifth disc of extras I will mention later.
This series which was made by Euston Films (The Sweeney, Minder, Special Branch, etc.) comes to DVD in a nice package. It originally ran from 8th January 1979 to 2nd April 1979, and is presented here in 16x9 anamorphic widescreen. Picture quality is great considering this went out 25 years ago! The box for the set is well-designed and attractive, although I must admit that it could have been even better if a booklet had been included. If you have the 'Secret Army' box set you will know what I mean. Still, for the price Danger UXB is fantastic value.
People in the know comment on how accurate this show was with regard to London during the war, uniforms, dialogue, and how attempts are made to render the unexploded bombs safe. Also, the timeline during the thirteen episodes appears to have been followed with an eye to fact, and events during the war sometimes allow you to pinpoint the actual month and year. All of the realism, together with a wonderful story and superb acting make this a special series. I watched it all within four days, and as with anything this excellent you never want it to end. One thing though, for all the research and accuracy that went into this I had to smile when a jacket was placed over a blast victim's head without even first checking for a pulse!
Romance! Anthony Andrews and Judy Geeson make a great couple during their on/off relationship, and Deborah Watling is really sexy as Norma. Humour! There is loads of risque dialogue and swearing throughout the series mainly in the mess room/barracks which helps add to the authenticity. Tension!
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Cracking drama, based on fact, from the late 70's.
Tells the story of the unexploded bombs dropped on the UK during the Second World War and the men that defused them. A little known fact is that many bombs were dropped with the intention that they would remain unexploded until touched or after a pre-set time delay. This strategy adopted by the Germans was designed to bring maximum disruption to an area after the air raid was over.
The defusing of these bombs became a strategic battle between the German fuse designers and the British inventors tasked with finding methods to make the bombs safe. There was no volunteering for bomb disposal, you were posted to it no questions asked.
The period set designs are spot on and the acting good. I have read the Danger UXB book that accompanied the Channel 4 documentary series (early 2000's) and I have to say that the chronology of events in the drama follow the actual 'as it happened' events closely.
The episode about the 'Butterfly' bomb is set in a small country town, when in actual fact the real event happened in Grimsby. There was a war time 'D' notice posted on Grimsby that effectively shut the town down for a week. Not a word was released in the press and so the Germans had no idea of the disrupted effect these bombs had. They were not tried again in the UK.
This series make for a watchable drama based on very real modern history events, without the gushing hollywood treatment that HBO in the USA would apply it. Pitty it hasn't been re-run on TV, although I think UK Gold have the rights.

A real good series
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