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31 July 2000 (USA) See more »
They Look Like Us. They Act Like Us.
Michael Colefield is unwillingly thrust into the nightmarish world of vampires when he discovers a secret... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 12)

Jack Davenport ... Detective Sergeant Michael Colefield (6 episodes, 1998)

Susannah Harker ... Dr. Angela March (6 episodes, 1998)

Idris Elba ... Vaughan Rice (6 episodes, 1998)
Philip Quast ... Father Pearse J. Harman (6 episodes, 1998)
Colette Brown ... Kirsty (6 episodes, 1998)
Fiona Dolman ... Frances (6 episodes, 1998)
Thomas Lockyer ... Jacob (4 episodes, 1998)

Corin Redgrave ... Dr. Paul Hoyle / ... (2 episodes, 1998)

Stephen Moyer ... Jack / ... (2 episodes, 1998)
Elizabeth Earl ... Angie's Daughter (2 episodes, 1998)

Georgia Goodman ... Emilie (2 episodes, 1998)

Series Directed by
Joe Ahearne (6 episodes, 1998)
Series Writing credits
Joe Ahearne (6 episodes, 1998)

Series Produced by
Sophie Balhetchet .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1998)
Bill Shapter .... producer (6 episodes, 1998)
Series Original Music by
Sue Hewitt (6 episodes, 1998)
Series Cinematography by
Peter Greenhalgh (6 episodes, 1998)
Series Film Editing by
Jason Krasucki (3 episodes, 1998)
Nick McPhee (3 episodes, 1998)
Series Casting by
Susie Bruffin (6 episodes, 1998)
Liz Vincent-Fernie (6 episodes, 1998)
Series Production Design by
Jon Bunker (6 episodes, 1998)
Series Art Direction by
Ian Reade-Hill (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Amy Roberts (6 episodes, 1998)
Series Makeup Department
Stuart Conran .... prosthetics & special effects makeup (unknown episodes)
Elisa Johnson .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Theresa Kelly .... hair stylist / makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Danielle Brandon .... production manager (6 episodes, 1998)
Peter Gallagher .... production supervisor (6 episodes, 1998)
Liz Pearson .... post-production supervisor (6 episodes, 1998)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Harris .... first assistant director / second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Ted Rae .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Siobhan Tucker .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
John Whitby .... carpenter (6 episodes, 1998)

Gillie Delap .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
Jason Herriott .... key scenic (unknown episodes)
John Maher .... construction manager (unknown episodes)
Tony Marks .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
Kenny Roy .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
Richard Van Den Bergh .... model maker (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Orin Beaton .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Wayne Brooks .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Matthew Collinge .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
David Old .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Danny Sheehan .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Trevor Swanscott .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
Ian Voigt .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Ian Wilkinson .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Chris Roff .... digital special effects advisor (6 episodes, 1998)

Duncan Horn .... digital special effects editor (unknown episodes)
Robert Minshall .... digital compositor: Encore Visual Effects (unknown episodes)
Sean Mullen .... digital compositor: Encore Visual Effects (unknown episodes)
Ted Rae .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Dino Dos Santos .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Kevin Rushton .... stunt actor (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Sykes .... electrician (3 episodes, 1998)
Neil Brown .... a camera focus puller (2 episodes, 1998)

Gary Chaisty .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Nathan Mann .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
Ben Philpott .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
John Robinson .... grip (unknown episodes)
Martin Stevens .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheila Cullen .... wardrobe supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Josef d'Bache-Kane .... assistant on-line editor (6 episodes, 1998)

Dan Roberts .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Fleur Fontaine .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 1998)
Kevin Freemantle .... production accountant (6 episodes, 1998)
Simon Heath .... script editor (6 episodes, 1998)
Emma Short .... assistant accountant (6 episodes, 1998)

Jim Allan .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Rupert Bray .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Carol Saunderson .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Warner Strauss .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)

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300 min (6 parts)
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Screened cinematically at some film festivals.See more »
Father Pearse J. Harman:Our free range days are over.See more »


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31 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Dark and stylish fun, 31 December 2000
Author: mikerichards from Milton Keynes, Bucks, UK

You might want to sit down. Ultraviolet is stylish, smart and dare I say it - British…

British science fiction has a bad reputation with the people who commission programmes for television. It has often been lumped in with children's programming, or consigned to a minority channel with a minimal budget. With no chance of filming spectacle, the writers fell back on plotting and characterisation, it may have looked cheap and nasty, but the glory always lay in the writing. However, up against an endless supply of glossy, vacuous American imports British SF was an endangered species.

Fortunately, Channel 4 were willing to take a risk when they commissioned Ultraviolet. They chose to make a series that subverted the staple police drama with vampires.

Mention vampires to people and they may think of Christopher Lee in a cloak, a Californian teenage girl's extracurricular activities or the foppish dandies of Anne Rice's novels, but the legends go back into the depths of mythology. The vampire mythos has been in and out of fashion for the last couple of centuries. It was popular in the Victorian era in a society coloured by the grim world of the newly industrialised cities, infant mortality and mass illnesses. It languished for most of the last century, only to come out of the shadows with the onset of AIDS and worries for the environment.

Ultraviolet takes the mythical vampire and gives it a twist. This is a world recognisably our own, but with a dark core. These vampires live in the shadows – not only the physical darkness of night, but they are also lurking in the gloomier parts of society. They have interests in cancer, AIDS and the outcasts of society. They manipulate society to their own ends through human servants – willing and otherwise.

The Catholic Church – in connivance with the British government has set up a team to investigate suspicious events and where necessary to destroy the vampires. This is a long way from Buffy's stakes and a spell in the library. This team comes equipped with SWAT commandos, guns, grenades and all the latest scientific equipment.

Jack Davenport plays a policeman who falls into this alternate world when one of his colleagues goes missing.

The episodes do feature an ongoing thread which reaches a conclusion in the final episode. However, most of the plot of each episode is self-contained, so even if you chance across an odd episode you will be able to pick up the story. Ultraviolet is not suitable for children as it contains discussion of such topics as paedophilia and abortion –both subjects are sensitively handled, but are bound to offend some people.

The makers chose to use actors that could do justice to the material. If you tuned in halfway through an episode without realising what you were watching you could easily believe it was a glossy detective drama. Dialogue is well handled and understated – they act and sound like government officials, not bit players in a Hammer Horror film.

Visually it looks superb, it was shot on film and the screen glows with cool colours not normally seen outside of big budget productions. The producers took advantage of the London scenery, daytime scenes are set in the leafy suburbs, whilst night shots feature the seedier side of the metropolis – amusement arcades, grim tube stations and lonely streets. Special effects are used sparingly and are competently handled to propel the story forward.

Six hour long episodes were made. Part of me would like to see more of this dark world, to see the development of the grand plot and the characters, but another part says that it would have been impossible to maintain the standard without repeating some of the plot lines.

A minor classic.

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