Welcome to the Ultraviolet guide at TV.com. 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 while 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 Beresford, when Michael, defending himself after being bitten, is forced to 'kill' Jack. 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 5 infection'. A pilot for a potential US series was made, a composite of all that was good in the 6 episodes of the British version, but no series was commissioned.
TRIVIA: Michael comments the tear gas used by Rice's team smells off. It is not tear gas, but garlic. Allicin, the chemical in garlic, acts as a repellent.
TRIVIA: Religious symbols, such as the traditional cross, are not used by the squad as weapons or deterrents as this seems to be purely psychological and depends on the individual's beliefs.
TRIVIA: When feeding, a wound will heal over in a matter of minutes and can only be revealed by ultraviolet. The bite can be treated with a laser, which leaves a small scar. If left untreated, a human becomes suggestible and can be used by the Code Vs, and also develops an aversion to sunlight.
TRIVIA: Code Vs cannot be killed, only neutralized (reduced to ashes). They can regenerate from this state but it is unknown how. They can be neutralized by introducing wood or carbon into the heart, as well as sunlight. However, the resulting immolation is a violent explosion, causing fires.
The series never uses the word 'vampire,' a vampire is referred to as a 'Code 5;' the Roman numeral for the number 5 is V.
TRIVIA: Code Vs show a great interest in researching blood disorders, viewing it as contamination of their food supply.
TRIVIA: Code Vs do not show in mirrors, photographs or video. Their voices cannot be recorded or transmitted by phone, an electronic voice synthesizer must be used. Image and sound can only be detected face to face.
TRIVIA: This episode reveals how a neutralised vampire is restored - add blood to the ashes and the vampire regenerates.