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. 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).
|Opening theme||"All Goes Wrong" – Chase & Status featuring Tom Grennan|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Original network||Sky One|
|Picture format||4K Ultra HD|
|Original release||15 May 2018– present|
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. 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." 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. Worldwide distribution is handled by Sky Vision.
On 19 June 2018, the day of the series one finale, a second series consisting of six episodes was confirmed.
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. 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.
- Noel Clarke as Aaron Bishop; an NCA detective
- Ashley Walters as Ronald "Ronnie" Pike Jr; an NCA detective
- Lindsey Coulson as Sarah Tanner; a senior NCA detective
- Christina Chong as Nell McBride; an NCA detective (Series 1)
- Lashana Lynch as Arjana Pike; Ronnie's wife
- Mandeep Dhillon as Kamali Khan; an NCA detective
- Jason Maza as Chris Munroe; an NCA detective
- Clarke Peters as Ronald Pike Sr; Pike's father and the NCA Director-General
- David Elliot as Tim "Jonesy" Jones; an NCA detective
- Caroline Goodall as Charlotte Carmel; Deputy Mayor of London
- Emma Rigby as Dr. Sophie Latimer; Bishop's girlfriend
- Jodie Campbell as Ali Pike; Ronnie and Arjana's daughter
Series 1 (2018)Edit
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers|
|1||"Episode 1"||Nick Love||Nick Love||15 May 2018||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 Love||Nick Love||22 May 2018||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 Love||Nick Love & Richard Zajdlic||29 May 2018||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 Endresen||Mark Greig & Richard Zajdlic||5 June 2018||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 Endresen||Nick Love||12 June 2018||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 Endresen||Noel Clarke & Mark Greig||19 June 2018||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.|
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