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Series cast summary:
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 Colette Brown ...  Kirsty 6 episodes, 1998
Fiona Dolman ...  Frances 6 episodes, 1998
Thomas Lockyer Thomas Lockyer ...  Jacob 4 episodes, 1998
Sean Cernow ...  Lestat 3 episodes, 1998
Corin Redgrave ...  Dr. Paul Hoyle / ... 2 episodes, 1998
Stephen Moyer ...  Jack / ... 2 episodes, 1998
Elizabeth Earl Elizabeth Earl ...  Angie's Daughter 2 episodes, 1998
Georgia Goodman ...  Emilie 2 episodes, 1998
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Michael Colefield is unwillingly thrust into the nightmarish world of vampires when he discovers a secret government organisation operating undercover within the police when his friend Jack disappears under suspicious circumstances on the eve of his wedding. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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31 July 2000 (USA) See more »

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(6 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Creator Joe Ahearne never intended to write and direct all six episodes. While the producers commissioned scripts from other writers, they ultimately felt that no other writers or directors understood Ahearn's vision as well as he. The result was that Ahearn's time was consumed with the development of the first series, and he was never able to outline a second arc. Ahearn also admits that he believes high-concept series are best kept short, so that they don't run out of steam and have to be re-invented. See more »

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Father Pearse J. Harman: Our free range days are over.
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Dark and Powerful Drama
11 January 2001 | by sim4wardSee all my reviews

The word vampire might encourage the odd yawn from prospective viewers of any fantasy series these days, but fortunately Ultraviolet never uses the word and so we can enjoy it for what it is. My own feeling while watching this excellent series was that it was first and foremost a quality drama series. It has depth, it is thought-provoking, it is gripping and brilliantly conceived. The vampire element, referred to as leeches or Code 5 in the serial, are bound to present-day earth by such topical considerations as biological warfare, AIDS, abortion and other key social issues which, far from being boring or rammed down our throats, serve as a convincing backdrop to what is essentially a battle between authorities and the church, and the parasitic underground of late twentieth century society. The supernatural element, in fact, blends so superbly with the natural that if any viewer were to chance across this series in midstream they would find themselves wondering exactly what they were watching. Six episodes scarcely seems enough to satisfy, but on the other hand, the entire adventure is wrapped up so neatly that, unless some equally clever ideas are forthcoming, this mini-classic should be laid to rest. A high quality cast, scripts and an atmosphere to rival the best of the X Files, all rooted in darkly convincing reality, Ultraviolet is a powerful combination of supernatural thriller and drama with biting social comment. This is so good it hardly seems like fantasy at all. The future of British SF should look to Ultraviolet as its mentor.


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