The best vampire show ever

All that talk of Blade and vampires puts me in mind of the best vampire show ever – Ultraviolet, which is not to be confused with the film out this summer of the same name. Currently airing in the UK on the SciFi channel, Ultraviolet updated vampires for the 90s, asking what it would really be like if they existed: would they be content to be allergic to sunlight or would they try to do something about it using modern technology; how about wooden stakes through the heart in an era of kevlar vests; and can you write off an entire group as ‘evil’ or do they have as much right to live as we do? It was adult, intelligent and populated by heavyweight acting talents like Jack Davenport, Idris Elba, Susannah Harker and Corin Redgrave.

Here’s one of my favourite scenes from my favourite episode, Terra Incognita: vampire Corin Redgrave emerging from his high-tech coffin. Enjoy!


  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.