Ultraviolet 1 Season 1998

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Season 1
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1. Ultraviolet - Episode 1 AGES_15_AND_OVER

Detective Michael Colefield is about to be best man at his partner Jack's wedding, but when Jack disappears on the eve of the ceremony, Michael has to pick up the pieces.

Starring:
Collette Brown, Jack Davenport
Runtime:
50 minutes

Ultraviolet - Episode 1

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Genres Thriller
Director Joe Ahearne
Starring Collette Brown, Jack Davenport
Supporting actors Fiona Dolman
Network 4OD

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 April 2013
Format: DVD
Ultraviolet ran for six episodes at the tail end of 1998 and rapidly picked up enormous critical acclaim. Unfortunately, various factors combined to mean that a planned sequel series never went into production. The series was the brainchild of Joe Ahearne, who wrote and directed all the episodes (the exhaustion brought about by which, and C4's request he do the same for the second season, is apparently the key reason why it never happened). Ahearne had formally worked on the acclaimed BBC-2 series This Life and more recently has directed several episodes of the new Doctor Who.

Ultraviolet is a modern take on the vampire myth. As it was airing at the same time as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the writer clearly wanted to take a different approach (borrowing a fair bit from The X-Files as well). Ultraviolet is more realistic than Buffy, delving more into science of how vampires might work and showing in some cases greater fidelity to the myth (for example, vampires do not appear on camera as mirrors are part of the camera's focusing mechanism, whilst in Buffy they do) and taking it to new levels: these vampires cannot appear in any form of electronic recording, and cannot use phones either. Also, to avoid certain connotations of the word they never once use the term 'vampire' in the whole series, instead using the phrase 'Code 5' (which is rendered as 'Code V') or the nickname 'leech'. Ultraviolet does have a wry sense of humour, however, especially in the use of carbon bullets and ultraviolet-emitting detection gear (which replicates the effects of sunlight) to replicate more traditional vampire-killing weapons.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb 2002
Format: DVD
"Ultraviolet" is about vampires though it never calls them that (referring to them as "Code 5's" or, in a more derogatory fashion, as "Leeches") but they are vampires all the same and the series was shown on UK Channel 4 television about 3 or 4 years ago.
True to all vampire tales it is the church (the Catholic Church) that is involved in defending humanity and though crucifixes, bibles and such do work against them (implying that there must be a spiritual element) the series tries to approach vampires from a more scientific viewpoint. The series rapidly makes the viewer aware that "Code 5's" are another "race" or "species" that rely on us for their food, that they cannot be seen in mirrors, that they cannot use hi-tech devices to communicate such as phones, radio etc. and that they are determined to stop us destroying ourselves if they have to take control of us to do so. Like other series the leeches require human assistance since they are vulnerable to daylight (somewhat combustible), the usual spiritual deterrents and stakes through the heart (presumably churches too as our heroes HQ is set up in one) but the "good guys" use ultraviolet light (the component of sunlight the leeches can't handle and the reason for the cool choice of name for the series), hardened charcoal bullets instead of stakes and gun mounted scanners that can highlight vampires by showing them to be invisible through hi-tech equipment.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on 30 Dec 2005
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being 19 i am too young to remember the first airings of ultraviolet and until now my parents have never let me see it
i watched it, transfixed, for the whole 6 episodes. and at the end i was crying out for more!!
it amazes me that no one "influential" saw the potential in this series and didnt make it a movie or at least another series!
i know i am not the only one who will sorely miss it. R.I.P ultaviolet
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susannah R. Cloutter on 19 Jan 2006
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I enjoyed watching Ultraviolet when first shown on Channel 4 & have just treated myself to the DVD. Even with the 7 or so year gap it is still just as amazing to watch. All in all brilliantly made, written and acted. It's a shame it was not continued by C4, Ahearne et al. Don't compare it with other vampire shows, it's unique and can stand up on its own.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. O'Reilly on 29 April 2001
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Ultraviolet was one of the most original pieces of TV to appear on our screens :: better still it was British.
The first episode sets up a great story line for this six part mini-series - which built on the fears of issues at the time, and broached an explanation around a conflict between vampires and a British government agency.
The setting has brought about a fresh look on the tired genre of vampire films, and the way in which the story is built brings about a feeling that it is all possible.
No gimmicky futuristic weapons, high flying mortal combat antics, or arcane rituals come to pass - as the slogan says there's no defence against religion but folklore has some truths :: wooden stakes are out, and instead high calibre carbon ammunition comes as standard in CIBs arsenal.
Each of the episodes is complete in itself, but leads you on towards a strong compelling ending..
The DVD offering is excellent with Screensavers, trailers and the option to watch [or not] the reminder snippets at the beginning of each episode - and compared with the VHS versions is also well priced.
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