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Ultraviolet is a British television show that premiered on Channel 4 in 1998. The show is a supernatural thriller that follows the investigation of a secret organization that battles the existence of vampires in modern-day Britain. The show stars Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba, and Philip Quast.
The series follows Michael Colefield, played by Jack Davenport, a police officer who becomes involved with a group of people who fight vampires. The show begins with Michael witnessing the murder of his best friend, Jack, by a mysterious creature. As Michael begins to investigate his friend's death, he meets a woman named Angela March, played by Susannah Harker, who introduces him to the group fighting the vampires. Along with a hacker named Pearse J. Harman, played by Idris Elba, the group includes Dr. John Warley, played by Philip Quast, a scientist who specializes in the study of vampire biology.
As Michael becomes more involved with the group, he discovers that vampires exist and are not just fictional creatures of myth. Unlike traditional vampires, these creatures do not sleep in coffins, nor are they afraid of garlic or crosses. They are able to move during the day and can blend in with humans. The group believes that the vampires have infiltrated society and are plotting to take over the world.
Throughout the series, Michael and the group fight to stop the vampires, while also dealing with the personal struggles of each member. Angela struggles to balance her professional life as a lawyer with her commitment to the group, while Pearse is haunted by his past and fears he may be turning into a vampire himself. Dr. Warley is dedicated to his research but is also struggling with the danger and ethical implications of working with vampires.
The show examines the notion of religion and faith, and whether or not the existence of vampires challenges traditional beliefs. The group questions whether the Bible and other religious texts could have been written as a way to help people understand the presence of vampires in the world.
Ultraviolet also explores the psychological effects of fighting vampires and dealing with the knowledge of their existence on a day-to-day basis. The show delves into themes of paranoia and obsession, as characters become increasingly fixated on their mission to stop the vampires, ultimately putting their personal lives and relationships at risk.
The series was ahead of its time in terms of its representation. The show's diverse cast and characters dealt with issues of race and cultural identity, with Idris Elba's character being of African descent, and Susannah Harker's having an Indo-British background.
Overall, Ultraviolet is a captivating and intelligent British thriller that combines elements of horror and science fiction. With a strong cast and unique take on the vampire genre, the show remains a cult classic and must-see for fans of supernatural television.
Ultraviolet is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on September 15, 1998.