Danger UXB: Dead Man's Shoes / Unsung Heroes / Just Like a Woman [VHS] 
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- Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Digital Entertainment
- VHS Release Date: 5 Sept. 2002
- Run Time: 140 minutes
Opening three episodes of the wartime drama series. In 'Dead Man's Shoes', royal engineer officer Brian Ash (Anthony Andrews) finds himself posted to the newly formed Bomb Disposal Company in the wake of the Blitz. 'Unsung Heroes' sees Ash learning the hard way that there are some wartime rules one simply doesn't break. In 'Just Like a Woman', the company experience the tragedy of war first hand.
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.