The BEST Episodes of Ultraviolet

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 11, 2020

Network: Channel 4

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.

Terra Incognita

#1 - Terra Incognita

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 13, 1998

The squad becomes interested in a shipment of mysterious crates of medical supplies from Brazil.

star 8.43
65 votes
Directors: Joe Ahearne
Writers: Joe Ahearne
Persona Non Grata

#2 - Persona Non Grata

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 1998

The captive vampire is identified and the squad discovers a vampire plan to exterminate mankind. Meanwhile, Michael searches for Kirsty, who seems to have been abducted.

star 7.85
13 votes
Directors: Joe Ahearne
Writers: Joe Ahearne
Sub Judice

#3 - Sub Judice

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 29, 1998

The squad members investigate the attempted rape of a female barrister who was apparently saved by a vampire. They find that she has been desperately trying to have a child, and has been been impregnated in-vitro with her late husband's sperm, but the pregnancy is not normal. Meanwhile, Jack has disappeared without trace and Kirsty tries to get Jacob, a journalist, interested in investigating his disappearance.

star 7.75
96 votes
Directors: Joe Ahearne
Writers: Joe Ahearne
Habeas Corpus

#4 - Habeas Corpus

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 15, 1998

Police detective Michael Colefield has his normal life thrown into disarray when he finds out that his best friend has disappeared the night before his wedding, and may be a corrupt cop. The plot thickens when DS Colefield is visited by two members from a secretive group posing as internal affairs.

star 7.62
173 votes
Directors: Joe Ahearne
Writers: Joe Ahearne
Mea Culpa

#5 - Mea Culpa

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 6, 1998

After a boy kills a priest, the squad discovers vampirism among the schoolboys, even though none of them appear to have been bitten.

star 7.39
95 votes
Directors: Joe Ahearne
Writers: Joe Ahearne
In Nomine Patris

#6 - In Nomine Patris

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 1998

Investigating a suspicious hit-and-run by a limousine with blacked-out windows, the squad suspects that the sunlight-shy son of a well-known businessman is a vampire and decides to investigate his financial activities.

star 7.15
136 votes
Directors: Joe Ahearne
Writers: Joe Ahearne