5 Brilliant Drama - A real white knuckle ride for the viewerMotorhead | 02/03/2008 | See all Motorhead's reviews (25)Made by the same production company as The Sweeney, Minder and Upstairs Downstairs, this cracking TV series is proof that ITV could turn out some fabulous TV.The 13 part series was originally broadcast in 1979 and follows the exploits of Brian Ash (a then unknown Anthony Andrews) as he is drafted into the army Unexploded Bomb (UXB) disposal unit, dealing with UXB's that fall in London. The series then follows him throughout the war and shows just what an incredibly dangerous job these men did, men who had to stare death in the face every time they were called out.The stories are unpredictable, full of shocks and show just what a war of minds was going on between the German bomb designers and the men defusing them in Britain. What is also unexpected are the great characterisations (Maurice Roeves as the Sergeant is superb) and the plethora of now familiar faces who crop up in small roles. The stories are solid and very believable (most of the technical details are true) and the direction is universally first class, creating real tension and unexpected results.This is a fantastic history lesson that gives us an idea of what life in wartime Britain (and London) was like, warts and all (with some unexpected choice language). This series has largely been forgotten now, probably due to the lack of repeat showings in those 28 years, which is very unfair because it is an extremely good show that captures the era well and tells some quite fascinating stories.Defiantely well worth a watch for lovers of well made, high class drama with bite.