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Bulletproof (TV series)

Bulletproof is a British television drama series, created by and starring Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters, that first broadcast on Sky One on 15 May 2018.[2] Produced by Vertigo Films and Company Pictures, the series follows NCA detectives, and best friends, Aaron Bishop (Clarke) and Ronnie Pike Jr. (Walters), who investigate some of the country's most dangerous criminals, including traffickers, drug dealers and armed robbers, whilst being overseen by their boss Sarah Tanner (Lindsey Coulson).[1]

Bulletproof
GenreAction dramedy[1]
Created byNoel Clarke
Ashley Walters
Nick Love
StarringNoel Clarke
Ashley Walters
Christina Chong
Lashana Lynch
Mandeep Dhillon
David Elliot
Jason Maza
Caroline Goodall
Clarke Peters
Lindsey Coulson
Opening theme"All Goes Wrong" – Chase & Status featuring Tom Grennan
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Michele Buck
Judy Counihan
Nick Love
Allan Niblo
Producer(s)Jonathan Finn
CinematographySergio Delgado
Editor(s)Richard Graham
Simon Brase
Matthew Tabern
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Vertigo Films
Company Pictures
DistributorSky Vision
Release
Original networkSky One
Picture format4K Ultra HD
Audio formatStereo
Original release15 May 2018 (2018-05-15) – present
External links
Production website

The series was co-created and principally written by scriptwriter and director Nick Love, who was approached by Sky to work on the series following his work on the 2012 remake of The Sweeney.[3] Walters and Clarke commented to Deadline Hollywood that the series was inspired by films such as Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys, quoting that "the humour and funny moments come from the relationships between the characters."[4] The series opening theme, "All Goes Wrong", was also personally chosen by Clarke and Walters. The complete series is due for release on DVD on 23 July 2018.[5] Worldwide distribution is handled by Sky Vision.[6]

On 19 June 2018, the day of the series one finale, a second series consisting of six episodes was confirmed.[7]

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SynopsisEdit

Aaron Bishop (Noel Clarke) and Ronnie Pike (Ashley Walters) are childhood friends, albeit from very different backgrounds. Ronnie is from a high achieving middle class family with a history in the police, with his father now working as Director-General of the National Crime Agency.[1] Bishop, however, grew up in foster homes and on the streets. Despite their differences, they retain a close fraternal bond and work together as detectives for the National Crime Agency in London, dealing with serious organised crime.[1]

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Series 1 (2018)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
1"Episode 1"Nick LoveNick Love15 May 2018 (2018-05-15)1.590
One of Bishop and Pike's informants offers up information about a criminal gang stealing high-end cars in London. As she walks away from their meeting, she is knocked down by a hit and run driver who then reverses over her body, killing her. Determined to get justice, the pair discover a potential location from where the gang may be operating and organise a raid. The bust goes badly wrong resulting in Nell and Jonesy being kidnapped. Hot on the tail of the kidnappers, Bishop opens fire, with devastating results.
2"Episode 2"Nick LoveNick Love22 May 2018 (2018-05-22)1.105
When wanted criminal Michael Sharp turns up out of the blue, having been out of the country for several years, Bishop and Pike are led to the scene of a safety deposit box robbery, where Sharp once again appears to be the criminal mastermind. Determined to bring their nemesis to justice once and for all, Bishop and Pike trail Sharp out into the countryside, where they suspect he is hiding out. Whilst confronting Sharp, Bishop and Pike are led into a shootout with an armed gang who then decide to run them off the road.
3"Episode 3"Nick LoveNick Love & Richard Zajdlic29 May 2018 (2018-05-29)1.035
Bishop and Pike are thrown off the Sharp case, but remain determined to investigate. Pike heads into prison to speak with one of Sharp's former associates, Jason Woods, with whom he committed a series of robberies, much to the annoyance of Tanner. In the meantime, the team are tasked with investigating a gang of drug dealers using local kids as runners. Bishop uses sneaky tactics to discover the location of the warehouse where the drugs are being produced, but the bust takes an unexpected turn when Kamali is shot.
4"Episode 4"Ole EndresenMark Greig & Richard Zajdlic5 June 2018 (2018-06-05)1.124
Following Jason Woods' murder, Pike and Bishop go in search of the gun dealer, but unexpectedly stumble upon a sex trafficking ring when they find a young immigrant girl locked in the boot of a car. Pike sympathises with her father, Bakur, who claims that the girl died after being tortured. When Bishop offers to drop Pike's daughter off at school and she later disappears, Pike learns she has been taken by Bakur and his gang as leverage to prevent Pike from finding out his true identity.
5"Episode 5"Ole EndresenNick Love12 June 2018 (2018-06-12)N/A
Pike and his family are forced to accept witness protection following Bakur's threat. Pike considers his future and informs Bishop that he intends to resign. Bishop, undeterred, goes on a one man mission to find Bakur. Whilst also trying to work his way back onto the Sharp investigation, Bishopsecret discovers a link between Sharp and Pike's father. Pike has to face the possibility that his father may have been involved in corrupt activity. Meanwhile, Bishop and Nell finally give into temptation and spend the night together.
6"Episode 6"Ole EndresenNoel Clarke & Mark Greig19 June 2018 (2018-06-19)N/A
With Pike's father seriously ill in hospital, Bishop continues to quiz Borlock on the file containing pictures of Pike Snr. and Sharp. He discovers that the pair were part of an undercover unit known as 'Black Heart', tasked with infiltrating gangs perpetrating high profile crimes including armed robbery, drug dealing and trafficking. When the hitman responsible for shooting Pike Snr. escapes from custody, Bishop and Pike track him to City Hall, where he has taken hostage the Deputy Mayor and Pike's wife.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Bulletproof". sky.com. Sky. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Bulletproof Listings". TV Maze. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/bulletproof/57702/bulletproof-sky-ones-new-buddy-cop-action-comedy
  4. ^ https://deadline.com/2018/05/ashley-walters-noel-clarke-bulletproof-sky-one-1202388234/
  5. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bulletproof-DVD-Noel-Clarke/dp/B07D4WYJLN/
  6. ^ "Bulletproof hits the target with record Sky One audience of the year - news from Sky Media". Sky Media. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  7. ^ https://deadline.com/2018/06/sky-one-renews-buddy-cop-drama-bulletproof-for-second-season-1202413175/

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