Bomb Hunters

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, BBC Knowl­edge War is never pretty; this ex­tra­or­di­nary two-part doc­u­men­tary on Bri­tish army bomb dis­posal tech­ni­cians brings home what a lethal game of chess it has be­come. Nar­rated by for­mer am­mu­ni­tion tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer Chris Hunter, it fea­tures grip­ping archival footage of ex­plo­sions, tes­ti­mo­ni­als by ex-ATOs and foren­si­cally ac­cu­rate reen­act­ments. Hunter’s fa­ther was a dis­posal ex­pert dur­ing the Lon­don Blitz in World War II, but back then ATOs dealt with the one bomb that was mass pro­duced. To­day, skilled and ruth­less ter­ror­ists and their lethal weapons are wreak­ing havoc around the world mak­ing the dis­posal ex­pert’s job ever more danger­ous. Hunter — a vet­eran of North­ern Ire­land, Iraq and Afghanistan — says of­ten the sol­dier’s life ‘‘ re­lies on lit­tle more than in­tu­ition’’. What ap­pears to be a bomb can be a fake; the real dan­ger is the sniper hid­ing nearby. His sus­pi­cion that all is not what it ap­pears to be has saved his life on many oc­ca­sions. Th­ese in­cred­i­ble heroes don’t see them­selves as brave, but mil­i­tary his­to­rian

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