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Danger UXB (ITV 1979, Anthony Andrews, Judy Geeson)

Danger UXB

In the superior world war two set drama series Danger UXB Lieutenant Brian Ash finds himself drafted into a bomb disposal squad, 97 Company Royal Engineers (part of the 27th Tunnelling Company). Ash is public school educated whilst most of the men around him are working class and has an initially uneasy relationship with his platoon but manages to win them over.

Whilst most of the action focused on the incredibly tense job of defusing unexploded bombs (and Ash was basically learning as he went along) there was also time for some romance with not only his landlady’s daughter Norma but also more importantly the married daughter of bomb expert Dr David Gillespie.

This was a very well regarded series, a good quality cast and with a nice slow pace that allowed the tension of the stories to unfold naturally. Only one series was made although show makers Euston left the series open ended in case a second series was commissioned.

Danger UXB Anthony Andrews

Anthony Andrews as Lt Brian Ash

production details
UK / ITV – Thames – Euston / 13×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 8 January – 2 April 1979

Creators: John Hawkesworth, John Whitney / Associate Producer: Christopher Neame / Producer: John Hawkesworth / Executive Producer: Johnny Goodman

cast
ANTHONY ANDREWS as Lt Brian Ash
JUDY GEESON as Susan Mount
IAIN CUTHBERTSON as Dr David Gillespie
MOYRA FRASER as Aunt Dodo
MARJIE LAWRENCE as Mrs Baker
DEBORAH WATLING as Norma Baker
ALFIE BASS as Reg Preston
LOUISA RIX as Angie
GERALDINE GARDNER as Nicky
NICK TATE as Chris Craik
PETER CARTWRIGHT as Maj Luckhurst
JEREMY SINDEN as Lt Ivor Rodgers
NICK BRIMBLE as 2nd Lt Gresham
MAURICE ROEVES as Sgt James
GEORGE INNES as Cpl Horrocks
KENNETH CRANHAM as Sapper Salt
JOHN BOWLER as Sapper Scott

EPISODES
1. DEAD MAN’S SHOES (8 Jan 79)
2. UNSUNG HEROES (15 Jan 79)
3. JUST LIKE A WOMAN (22 Jan 79)
4. CAST IRON KILLER (29 Jan 79)
5. THE SILVER LINING (5 Feb 79)
6. THE QUIET WEEKEND (12 Feb 79)
7. DIGGING OUT (19 Feb 79)
8. BAD COMPANY (26 Feb 79)
9. SEVENTEEN SECONDS TO GLORY (5 Mar 79)
10. BUTTERFLY WINTER (12 Mar 79)
11. DEAD LETTER (19 Mar 79)
12. THE PIER (26 Mar 79)
13. WITH LOVE FROM ADOLF (2 Apr 79)