Danger UXB

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  • 1979
  • 1 Season
  • 8.5  (1,059)

Danger UXB is a gripping British television drama series that originally aired in 1979, and which is now available to stream from Acorn TV. The show, which consists of thirteen episodes, tells the story of a bomb disposal unit in London during the height of the Blitz in World War II.

The title Danger UXB refers to "unexploded bombs", which were a constant threat during the war as German planes would drop bombs on London that didn't detonate on impact. These bombs were often hidden underground or in buildings and required a specialized team of soldiers to defuse them before they could cause widespread damage and loss of life.

The show focuses on Lieutenant Brian Ash, played by the talented actor Anthony Andrews, who leads the bomb disposal unit. Ash is a brave and skilled soldier but is also flawed in many ways. He is addicted to the adrenaline rush of his dangerous job and is constantly pushing himself to the limit, endangering both himself and his team in the process. He is also struggling with personal demons, including a failing marriage and a complicated love affair with a married woman.

Despite these personal struggles, Ash is a respected leader who is deeply committed to protecting the citizens of London. He works closely with his team of soldiers, who are all highly trained and experienced in defusing bombs. Each episode centers around a particular bomb disposal operation, with Ash and his team facing a variety of challenges as they race against time to disarm the device before it explodes.

One of the most striking aspects of Danger UXB is its sense of realism. The show was meticulously researched and based on real-life accounts of soldiers who served in bomb disposal units during the war. The period detail is also impressive, with the show recreating the sense of claustrophobia and tension that must have been felt by Londoners during the Blitz.

Another standout feature of the show is its emphasis on the psychological toll of war. The soldiers in the bomb disposal unit are not just facing physical danger but also dealing with the constant stress and trauma of their job. The show explores the impact that this has on their mental health, as well as the toll it takes on their personal relationships.

Overall, Danger UXB is a compelling and thought-provoking drama that offers an immersive glimpse into a pivotal moment in history. It is a testament to the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who served in bomb disposal units during the war and sheds light on an often-overlooked aspect of the conflict. The performances are strong across the board, with Anthony Andrews delivering a standout turn as the complex and flawed protagonist. With its high-stakes suspense, rich characterization, and authentic portrayal of wartime London, Danger UXB is a must-watch for fans of historical dramas and war stories.

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Episode 13
13. Episode 13
April 2, 1979
Brian's slow recovery causes tension in his relationship with Susan as he worries he may not be able to return to his post. Sergeant James is able to bring up Brian's spirits and they find a foreboding note while dismantling a bomb.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
March 26, 1979
Susan and Brian's relationship progresses as Brian returns to section 347 and relocates to Brighton. Lieutenant Brinckley begins training with Brian to defuse bombs but has an unfortunate accident with an unmarked mine. Even Brian cannot stay out of danger as he attempts to defuse a device by the water.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
March 19, 1979
Dr. Gillespie invites Brian to join his lab, where Brian awkwardly runs into Susan a year after they have broken up. Brian assists Gillespie in Cambridge using a dangerous, time consuming method to defuse the bombs by freezing them.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
March 12, 1979
The British countryside is hit hard by the Germans and all of section 347 is sent to assist. Corporal Salt finds himself in grave danger as he helps to save another woman.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
March 5, 1979
Conflict arises in section 347 where Powell and Private Brinckley, a new replacement and conscientious objector, break out into a fight. Corporal Salt ends the dispute but has no patience or sympathy for a pacifist. Brian decides to propose to Susan, but she leaves unexpectedly to tend to her husband who has had a nervous breakdown.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
February 26, 1979
Francis cracks down on Brian's section for minor disciplinary infractions because Brian's affair with Susan reminds him of his own wife's infidelity. Susan asks her father to get Major Francis posted elsewhere. Under new leadership, Brian is recommended for a high honor.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
February 19, 1979
Without Brian's permission, Corporal Salt and a team of men put themselves at risk to help a young woman trapped inside a bomb with a time fuse. Salt embarks on a trip to convince his wife to leave Manchester but a German bomb disrupts their conversation.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
February 12, 1979
Brian's weekend off duty turns into a night with Susan at a hotel in Bromley. Their night is cut short when Brian is called back to help with the 81 Company. Susan is impatient as she waits for Brian and decides to go home where she unexpectedly runs into her husband. The death toll in the 81 company is growing as Brian arrives.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
February 5, 1979
A night club near a bomb in the sewers distracts the section as they spend a night drinking and relaxing. Brian uses a new method to defuse the bomb and enjoys a night out with Susan in London.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
January 29, 1979
Brian delivers a defused bomb to Dr. Gillespie who may have a solution for the Zues 40. After a run-in with Susan, Dr. Gillespie's married daughter, Brian feels an immediate attraction to her. Gillespie's method works but not without casualties.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 22, 1979
Brian allows Ken to dismantle a type 17 on his own, while Brian attends to a more pressing matter. Even with the use of the new technology, Ken fails to safely disarm the bomb and it explodes killing Ken. Brian learns that Ken's mourning fiance is pregnant. Although it is too late, Brian finds anti-handling devices rigged into the type 17 fuses, the likely reason for Ken's demise.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 15, 1979
Brian defuses a bomb recklessly and clashes with Major Lockhurst for his behavior. Brian meets Officer Ken Machin, the newest member of his unit and also, to Brian's surprise, his roommate. They learn of a new counter-active defense against type 17 fuses using electromagnetic technology.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 8, 1979
It is the beginning of World War II and young lieutenant Brian Ash has just been assigned to a UXB unit. Without any training, Brian is tasked to lead his section in detonating and disposing of unexploded bombs, a job with a very quick turn-over rate.
  • Premiere Date
    January 8, 1979
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (1,059)