DIARY: 'Propaganda bomb' keeps Firefly's Hill on alert

Firefly director Ben Hill had his crisis training put to the test

in January when his London home and half of his street were


During the refurbishment of his home in Brook Green, builders discovered

an unexploded 250lb bomb under his bedroom.

The bomb squad was called in to take over, leaving Ben to worry about

his home, neighbours and the police and bomb-squad staff.

'It was quite frightening, not least because the builders found it when

they were using pick-axes,' said Ben.

After a nerve-wracking wait in which TV crews gathered (and some Firefly

staff debated whether the event needed PR-ing), it became clear there

was nothing to worry about. The bomb was, in fact, only a German

'propaganda bomb' - not explosive, but intended to create panic in

wartime London.

We don't know about panic, but it was a piece of propaganda that kept

one particular PRO on his toes.

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