Ultraviolet - Complete Series (2 Disc Set) [DVD] 
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In the six-part British "vampire-slaying" mini-series Ultraviolet we discover that UV light is used (both in surgery and via high-tech weaponry) to identify people who have been infected with a disease labelled "Code 5". It's transmitted via a bite to the neck, but at no point in the series is the word "vampire" used. Instead, in the second episode ("In Nomine Patris") the nickname "Leech" is introduced. We learn that it was this disease, these "Leeches", that were responsible for the Fire of London, and that one in 20 people are already infected. In the opening episode, policeman Michael Colefield (Jack Davenport) is recruited into the secretive CIB. He meets its introverted priest-chief Pearse (Philip Quast), the emotionally driven Dr Angela March (Susannah Harker) and the bullish heavyweight Vaughan (Idris Elba). Spinning around Mike's suddenly complicated life are his best friend's jilted fiancée Kirstie (Colette Brown) and old flame Frances (Fiona Dolman). In later hard-hitting episodes we see a 12-year-old boy stab his teacher priest to death ("Mea Culpa") and the capture of a "Leech" ("Persona Non Grata"). This intriguing series ends having tied together most of its threads, but dangles worrying implications at the viewer... not so much to suggest a sequel as to hammer home everything at stake. --Paul Tonks
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A much-admired series which should be aired more often.I liked that the code V were shown as being just like us,no fangs/cloaks in sight! Read morePublished 8 months ago by DEREK HEATLY
A brilliant TV series from the 90s and in my humble opinion one of the better vampire seriesPublished 11 months ago by Ms T M Brothwell
I had never heard of this show until a month or so ago as part of an article discussing UK sci-fi series ripe for a revisit/remake post-Doctor Who success. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert Ropars