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Ultraviolet 1998

  • 1998-10-20T07:00:00+08:00
  • Channel 4
  • 1998-09-15T15:00:00+08:00
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Ultraviolet began airing on Channel 4 in the UK in September 1998. Only 6 episodes were made, but the series had a lot of people talking at the time. It was the brain child of Joe Ahearne, who also created the gritty lawyer-soap 'This Life' (also starred Jack Davenport). Stylish, dark and often humourous, Ultraviolet delivered a blend of vampire myth with a modern slant. It is notable that the programme never once mentions the word 'Vampire', instead referring to the antagonists as 'leeches' or a 'code five infection'. Ultraviolet charted the exploits of an investigative government unit, armed with the latest weaponry, whose aim is to track down and exterminate Code 5 infected subjects whilst attempting to work out their agenda. A policeman, Michael Colefield, is reluctantly drawn into the group after a confrontation with his 'turned' former best friend, Jack, when Michael, defending himself after being bitten, is forced to 'kill' Jack.

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Such a surprising piece of television. Sci fi, drama, horror (maybe?), thriller. All without using the word vampire or any special affects.

If you are watching the plethora of space exploration of special creatures featured in current tv adaptations, this might be for you, so give you a historical context.

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