Bluestone 42

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Bluestone 42
Bluestone 42 Title.jpg
Format Comedy-drama
Written by Richard Hurst
James Cary
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 15
Executive producer(s) Stephen McCrum
Producer(s) Michelle Farr
Location(s) South Africa
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Productions
Original channel BBC Three
Original run 5 March 2013 (2013-03-05) – present
External links
Production website

Bluestone 42 is a comedy drama series about a British bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan during Operation Herrick, first broadcast on 5 March 2013 on BBC Three. The comedy focuses on the camaraderie between the soldiers, situational comedy, bureaucracy, conflicts of interests and relationships, and is contrasted with the deadly situations the soldiers are required to defuse. A major plot arc revolves around a will-they-won't-they relationship between the Captain and the Padre. The series was filmed in South Africa. The name of the show refers to the unit's callsign. A second series began on 27 February 2014, consisting of six episodes.

On 21 March 2014 it was confirmed the show would return for a third series. Filming is expected to begin in the autumn of 2014 with an expected air date of spring 2015.


  • Oliver Chris as Captain Nick Medhurst
  • Kelly Adams as Padre Mary Greenstock
  • Matthew Lewis as Corporal Gordon "Towerblock" House (Christmas Special and Series 2)
  • Tony Gardner as Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Smith
  • Jamie Quinn as Private Kevin "Mac" McDowell
  • Scott Hoatson as Private Euan "Rocket" Armstrong
  • Stephen Wight as Lance Corporal Simon "Skip" Lansley
  • Katie Lyons as Corporal Lynda Bird
  • Keeno-Lee Hector as Faruq Harrif
  • Ndoni Khanyile as Private Pamela Roberts (Series 1)
  • Rory Acton-Burnell as Sergeant Robert Hogg
  • Mike McShane as Colonel Randall Carter (Guest)
  • Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Astrid Nygaard (Guest)
  • Murray Todd as Captain Peter Softly (Guest)
  • Gary Carr as Corporal Christian "Millsy" Mills (Series 1)
  • Rory Girvan as Corporal Dave Lamming (Series 2)


Series 1 (2013)[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewing figures[1]
1 "Episode 1"[2] Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 5 March 2013 (2013-03-05) 969,000
The team experience a tough roadside ops, whilst Mary catches Nick's attention.
2 "Episode 2"[3] Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 12 March 2013 (2013-03-12) 652,000
Nick is desperate to find some decent food to use in an attempt to seduce Mary, whilst Simon gets into trouble on roadside ops.
3 "Episode 3"[4] Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 19 March 2013 (2013-03-19) 676,000
After Bluestone 42 join a midnight raid on a bomb factory and rescue a kidnapped Danish aid worker (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen), they find more than they bargained for. Simon tries to get a book deal for his memoir.
4 "Episode 4"[5] Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 26 March 2013 (2013-03-26) Fewer than 624,000
Nick tries to prove he is not superstitious to the padre, while Simon tries to earn respect by joining in dangerous homemade games with Mac and Rocket.
5 "Episode 5"[6] Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 2 April 2013 (2013-04-02) Fewer than 662,000
Mary reveals a secret about her past before she became a padre and Nick tries to take full advantage. Bird is offered a promotion.
6 "Episode 6"[7] Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 9 April 2013 (2013-04-09) Fewer than 660,000
Nick and Simon help each other to learn to dance, whilst the arrival of veterinary corps Captain Parikh reveals Bird as a terrible flirt.
7 "Episode 7"[8] Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 16 April 2013 (2013-04-16) 651,000
A mortar attack on the patrol base sends Bluestone 42 diving for cover.
8 "Episode 8"[9] Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 23 April 2013 (2013-04-23) 677,000
Nick faces a gruelling challenge with a booby-trapped car bomb, while Simon finally stands up to his fiancée.
9 "Christmas Special"[10] Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 26 December 2013 (2013-12-26)
Bluestone 42 Christmas special.
This episode was originally due to air on 23 December but was postponed after a British soldier was killed during active service in Afghanistan.

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewing figures[11]
1 "Episode 1" Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 27 February 2014 (2014-02-27)
Mack tries to get the camp's "filthiest bastard" award by lying about how he contracted crabs. Nick tries to bluff his way through a Glock Weapons Handling Test
2 "Episode 2" Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 6 March 2014 (2014-03-06)
A blast from the past knocks Nick off his game. Bird tries to teach Mary a lesson that the padre is out of touch with the troops.
3 "Episode 3" Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 13 March 2014 (2014-03-13)
Nick and the Lt Colonel find themselves in a battle of wills. Rocket gets a pet rat.
4 "Episode 4" Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 20 March 2014 (2014-03-20)
The team gets a visit from a government minister, to whom Mary unexpectedly takes a shine.
5 "Episode 5" Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 27 March 2014 (2014-03-27)
Bird hatches a plan to stop Nick and Mary going on about each other once and for all.
6 "Episode 6" Iain B MacDonald Richard Hurst & James Cary 27 March 2014 (2014-03-27) 556,000
Simon's lack of trust in Mac and Rocket comes back to bite him.

Series 2 began airing on 27 February 2014 with Matthew Lewis joining the cast as ammunition technician Gordon House.[12][13] A trailer promoting the new season was released on 5 February 2014.[14]

Series 3 (2015)[edit]

On 20 March 2014 it was confirmed in a BBC announcement that Bluestone 42 had been recommisioned for a 3rd series, consisting of 6 30min episodes, produced by Michelle Farr [15] and was reconfirmed on the 27th March by a Facebook fan page.[16]


Bluestone 42 has met with positive reviews. In The Independent, James Rampton described the show as "The Hurt Locker meets Miranda" and said that it "strikes the right balance between edgy and entertaining".[17] Rich Johnston of compared the show favourably to M*A*S*H.[18] Corporal Daniel Whittingham, a British Army bomb disposal expert, said the series' black humour was "spot-on" and its action scenes "pretty accurate".[19]


  1. ^ "Top 10 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Episode 1" at BBC Programmes
  3. ^ "Episode 2" at BBC Programmes
  4. ^ "Episode 3" at BBC Programmes
  5. ^ "Episode 4" at BBC Programmes
  6. ^ "Episode 5" at BBC Programmes
  7. ^ "Episode 6" at BBC Programmes
  8. ^ "Episode 7" at BBC Programmes
  9. ^ "Episode 8" at BBC Programmes
  10. ^ "Christmas Special" at BBC Programmes
  11. ^ "Top 10 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "luestone 42 returns on Thu 27th, 10pm". BBC Three. 
  13. ^ Fletcher, Alex (2013-10-28). "'Harry Potter' star Matthew Lewis joins BBC army sitcom 'Bluestone 42'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  14. ^ "Bluestone 42 Season 2 Trailer". BBC Three. 
  15. ^ "BBC Three announces new comedy commissions". Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Bluestone 42 returning for Series 3.". BBC Three. 
  17. ^ Rampton, James (5 March 2013). "Bluestone 42: The Hurt Locker meets Miranda in military comedy set in Afghanistan". The Independent. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  18. ^ Johnston, Rich (28 March 2013). "Bluestone 42 – A New M*A*S*H?". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Laura Barnett (16 March 2014). "A bomb disposal expert on the comedy Bluestone 42". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 

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