|UK – September 15, 1998
USA – July 31, 2000
|Plot Summary:||Michael Colefield is unwillingly thrust into the nightmarish world of vampires when he discovers a secret government organization operating undercover within the police when his friend Jack disappears under suspicious circumstances on the eve of his wedding.Stephen Moyer plays Michael’s best friend and partner, Jack Beresfort who has been turned into a vampire, but actually likes being one this time. His performance stands out although he was only in episodes 1 and 6 of the series. It is a good series which was important to the evolution and transformation of the image of the vampire in literature and on the screen.
Ultraviolet is considered to be one of the “changers in how Vampires were viewed by TV audiences:
Ultraviolet took a massive bite out of the vampire genre, and one of remains the best sci-fi series presented by the UK. The series aired 20 years ago, completely changing the way TV audiences thought about vampires and serving up six episodes of great drama. So why has it never gotten the attention it deserved?
Perhaps because back then, it was breaking new ground. In 1998, the series aired on Britain’s Channel 4 and lasted just one season of six episodes. Writer Joe Ahearne, who’d go on to shows like Doctor Who and Da Vinci’s Demons, was only on his second TV series at the time — and the first that he’d created.
His cast, too, was then mostly unknown. Ahearne had directed Jack Davenport in the comedy-drama series This Life, well before Davenport would become known for Pirates of the Caribbean, Smash, and FlashForward.
Ultraviolet was the TV series Idris Elba did before being cast in The Wire and rocketing into the ranks of Hollywood superstardom. It gave us Stephen Moyer before True Blood and The Gifted.
The two biggest stars were Susannah Harker, who eight years earlier had played the ill-fated journalist in the UK version of House of Cards, and stage veteran Philip Quast, who had already won one Olivier Award and would earn another the same year the show aired.
These were relatively fresh faces. People who would fly under TV’s proverbial radar. But perhaps because of that, they were all brilliant in their roles, playing characters who didn’t fit into the idea of what sci-fi heroes or vampire hunters were supposed to be.
|Original Music:||Sue Hewitt|
|Production Design:||Jon Bunker|
|Art Direction:||Ian Reade-Hill|