Six one-hour episodes; this miniseries was made in the UK
for the BBC. A pilot was later made in the US, but, so far as I know, never screened.
the growing threat of viral epidemic and the possibility of worldwide environmental
catastrophe, humanity has an unprecedented ability to destroy itself. In order
to prevent further contamination or loss of their food supply, the vampires have
organized and are pouring funds into all manner of human scientific research.
Through they profess to be persecuted and misunderstood minority, eager to achieve
a symbiotic relationship with mankind, many of their experiments are motivated
by darker desires.
Jack Davenport stars as former police detective-sergeant
Michael Colefield who's recruited into CIB - an elite government force that has
been formed to combat the treat. Joined by a squad of covert government investigators
led by ex-soldier Vaughan Rice (Idris Elba), former priest Pearse Harman (Philip
Quast) and scientist Dr. Angela March (Susanna Harker), their mission is to seek
out the enemy. But when eternal life is offered, no one is beyond temptation.
the Back Cover of the region 1 DVD
- Habeas Corpus - Michael and Jack
are best friends and colleagues in a homicide squad. But when Jack disappears
on the ever of his wedding, and two new cops start asking questions, Michael is
drawn into the realization that Jack is not what he seems.
Nomine Patris - Michael is now a member of CIB, but is struggling to accept the
truths around him and his new role as an executioner. But when a financial trail
leads to a vampire laboratory with human guinea pigs, the lines between good and
evil become clearer.
- Sub Judice - The victim of an attempted
rape is saved by a vampire. But why was she being protected? And by whom?
- Mea Culpa - A twelve year-old boy is involved in a violent attack
on a teacher. But the peculiarities of the case could mean that vampires are involved...Michael
is convinced that it is just schoolboy violence. But the truth is stranger and
more terrifying than anyone suspects.
- Terra Incognita - A plane
from Brazil brings a bleeding refugee and a number of vampire caskets. How are
they connected? And why is John Doe (Corin Redgrave) risking the journey?
- Persona Non Grata - Michael is compromised by a threat to Kirstie,
and his actions unwittingly jeopardize humankind. As the last pieces of the puzzle
fall into place, CIB is caught in a race against time - and total evil.
- Directed by Joe Ahearne
- Writing credits Joe Ahearne
Clarence Allen as Aguinaldo ("Terra Incognita")
Ashton as DS Paul Ferman
Charlotte Attenborough as Moorecroft Clinic manager
Dennis Banks as Orderly ("Mea Culpa")
Sam Bardens as Photophobic
Boy ("Mea Culpa")
Eamon Boland as Father Downey ("Mea Culpa")
Marc Bolton as Carter
T.R. Bowen as Gideon Hammond
as Kirsty Maine
George Cook as Altar Boy ("Mea Culpa")
Martha Cope as Pregnancy counselor
Ian Crowe as Pathologist
as Detective Sergeant Michael Colefield
Fiona Dolman as Frances Pembroke
Anni Domingo as Mrs. Jacqueline Seabrook ("Sub Judice")
Donald as Anthony Wainwright
Elizabeth Earl as Rose March ("Sub Judice",
Idris Elba as Vaughan Rice
as General Practioner ("Sub Judice")
Jimmy Gallagher as Mugger
#2 ("Sub Judice")
Emer Gillespie as Marion Wainwright
Gilley as Oliver ("Mea Culpa")
Michael Hadley as DI Leigh
Susannah Harker as Dr. Angela 'Angie' March
Abigail Hayes as Nurse
Mark Barton Hill as Cell Guard ("Terra
Incognita", "Persona Non Grata")
Rob Jarvis as Maria's Contact
Tom Knight as Customs Official ("Terra
Ronnie Letham as Pollard
Thomas Lockyer as Journalist
Jonathan Magnanti as Sports Teacher ("Mea Culpa")
Neil Maskell as Neil
Stephen Moyer as Jack Beresford
Moynihan as Street Artist ("Habeas Corpus")
David John Pope as
Pilot ("Terra Incognita")
Michael Price as Mugger #3
Procter as Colin ("Mea Culpa")
Philip Quast as Father Pearse
Corin Redgrave as Dr. Paul Hoyle aka 'John Doe' ("Terra
Incognita", "Persona Non Grata")
Richard Rees as Embryologist
Dee Sadler as Stewardess ("Terra Incognita")
as Marion's junior
Jane Slavin as Danni Ashford
Julie Smith as Sal ("In
Robert Stuart as Gary ("Mea Culpa")
Thomas as Maria ("Terra Incognita")
Christopher Villiers as Lester
Hammond / Waldemar 'Waldo' Hammerfetz ("In Nomine Patris")
Wheldon as Gary's Mother "Mea Culpa")
Andrew Wilkes as Vampire
Boy ("Mea Culpa")
Angela Wyndham Lewis as Margaret Ashford
vampire silliness from writer of cult classic 'This life'. A hopelessly miscast
Jack Davenport treats the existence of vampires with the same insouciance of a
man finding a parking ticket. And he is drafted into that elite team, the screen
mumblers. I had to rewind the scene where he discusses the counterfeit operation
he is investigating three times at full volume to get what he was saying.
premise and dialogue of this series is hilarious. The vampire squad is funded
by the tax payer. It's a public health issue, says the priest.
should be worried about three people after them in a crowd of billions is anyone's
guess. Apparently they're afraid we're about to blow ourselves up and possibly
singe their coffin handles or something. People pleading for a second series have
not wondered how you can top a James Bond plot involving a scientist and a nuclear
winter destroying all life on earth. It could only get sillier.
has a problem different to your run-of-the-mill best man. How can he tell the
bride that he killed her husband to be and that he's a vampire? When she does
find out she gives him a petulant little slap. Well, at least he didn't run off
with another woman. Meanwhile, Vaughan's having a bad hair day at the office.
He's already suffered from teeth-in-your-neck syndrome, now he's stuck in a warehouse
with a bunch of coffins on timers. Of course, he could break the clocks with his
gun or turn the coffins over, piling one on top of the other for instance but
that's too easy.
In trying to make his story credible Ahearne has ironically
drained the blood from the story. It's so matter of fact, it's like an anemic
version of Prime Suspect. In fact, it has a trendy scene with a pedophile which
is almost cliched in that respect. Vampires reduced of menace are pointless and
you may as well just do the usual cops and robbers. I'm sure a vampire squad would
make all the jokes you'd expect, but Ahearne doesn't mention the V word the entire
series. Is he embarrassed about something? I will of course not be renting the
video of this for another guilty slice of hokum, no sir. It's beneath me. Six
feet under in fact. Love those guns though.
[Edited version of a review
Top quote: "Our free range days are over!"
Touch: The word 'vampire' is never used in the series. Instead, the characters
refer to them officially as Code 5's (5 in Roman numerals is 'V'), or unofficially
- Runtime: 320 min (6 x 50 min episodes)
- Language: English
- Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
- 2 discs
- Episode Summaries
- UV Dictionary
- Audio Interview With Creator Joe Ahearne
of discs: 2
- Cast And Crew
- Ultraviolet Screensaver
Of Anti Vampire Weaponry
- Extended Version Of Ultraviolet Theme Music
- UK version has "Hidden Code V Data File", whilst the Australian
release of the dvd may not.