Let's be honest, the RLC doesn't have the world's greatest reputation on either these forums or more widely. Whilst the work they do is, in reality, pretty important there isn't very much glory in being a chef, stores specialist, driver or even pioneer (until they were disbanded in 2010). Certainly 'Bravo-G1033' and 'Apache-Brunch' have failed to reach the bookshelves of any shops near me! What they do however have is Ammunition Technical specialists, those incredibly brave individuals who are responsible for the vast* majority of the 'bomb disposal' effort in theatre. Along with medics and even the humble infanteer, they're one of the group of people I consider to be the real heroes of Afghanistan. High casualties levels, lots of guys missing limbs and near-routine appearances in the gallantry lists provide ample testimony to this. Possibly not something you'd instinctively think as natural material for a comedy though? You could argue that neither are a field hospital in Korea or the trenches of World War One yet MASH and Blackadder series 4 remain some of my favourite comedy programmes. Kudos to the BBC then for persevering in the face of the Daily Mail outrage bus and taking the risky decision to base a comedy series on guys involved in the counter IED effort in Afghanistan. The series will be arriving on BBC 3 in March and follows a six man Counter-IED as they get on with the daily grind of surviving the conditions, fighting the enemy, avoiding the chain of command and trying to get into the Padre's knickers. Yes, I did say the Padre's knickers but more of that later. Along with a small select gang of other ARRSErs I've watched two of the eight episodes of "Bluestone 42" and overall we've been pretty impressed. First and foremost it was funny, but I was also surprised that a writing team that credits 'Miranda' and 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' amongst its credits was able to so accurately convey the banter that exists in small close knit military teams. Perhaps they enjoyed the freedom and, at the press screening, they certainly talked about the joys of releasing their inner squaddie! Despite being filmed in South Africa and lacking any support from the MoD, the set looks pretty good with most things having an air of authenticity about them. Leaving aside some questionable tactics and a few discrepancies with uniforms, the characters also mainly behave in what seems to be a realistic manner. Certainly I doubt the general population will pick up the padre (Major) saluting the ATO (Capt) whilst not wearing headress. Although clearly she's in there as the love interest, the one element that seems out of place to me is the female padre. Whilst I'm told that there are two in the forces, I've certainly never met one and I strongly doubt that either of them is as stunning as Kelly Adams - best known for playing Emma Kennedy in the BBC 1 Series Hustle. Having said that I certainly think that this is a cleary an angle that would probably work very well for the RAChD and one I think they should seriously consider. The bottom line is that this isn't a documentary, the character works really well and she's a babe so I'll stop being pedantic! I really enjoyed the episodes of Bluestone 42 that I watched. It's pretty funny, contains characters we'll all recognise (less the padre) from our time in green and does a good job of presenting the human face of the military machine to the general public. What must be really galling for the RLC though is that Bluestone 42 are not shown as being part of them. Instead they are actually shown as members of an entirely fictitious regiment! I guess they'll just have to go back to hoping that a publisher picks up Stacker Two-Zero........ * Yes i know there are some frankly ridiculous rules that mean the Sappers, RAF, Royal Navy and Mrs Miggin's pie shop also have their own teams and that high threat operator is now an all arms game ..... work with me please!