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Jack Davenport and Idris Elba hunt vampires in a benighted Britain – but there are big ideas along with the garlic grenades

Back in 1998, Ultraviolet felt like a belated British answer to The X-Files. The show, which aired on Channel 4, follows a covert government squad tasked with neutralising the vampire threat in London and beyond. The bloodsuckers have been around for centuries, apparently, but prefer to keep their existence secret so as not to send the general public – their food supply – into a panic. Tracking them down is tricky, though, not least because they're invisible to cameras. But under ultraviolet light, their telltale neckbites become visible.

Enter Jack Davenport as sullen copper Michael Colefield, recruited into the team after his corrupt partner (a pre-True Blood Stephen Moyer) goes over to the other side. Davenport and Joe Ahearne, the show's creator and director, were both fresh from the success of »

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