brand new dynamic duo in the shape
of two black cops with attitude hit
the streets of London with a gung-ho
approach doing things their way
strictly NOT by the book, as they try to
bring down the East Ends toughest
criminals in the explosive crime drama
THE SIX-PART SERIES BULLETPROOF sees two charismatic black cops, as close
as brothers, who are not afraid to stick their heads above the parapet to fight
crime even if, inevitably, it gets them into trouble with their superiors.
Both street-savvy, cool, clever and fiercely protective and supportive of each
other, Aaron "Bish" Bishop (acclaimed actor, writer and director Noel Clarke:
Kidultood; Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Ronnie Pike (chart-topping rapper
turned respected actor Ashley Walters: Top Boy; Hustle) have strong bonds
but come from very different backgrounds.
is a satisfying,
with a light-hearted
edge to the fast-paced
has been brought up in a series of foster homes but Pike is a family man, married
to lawyer Arjana (Lashana Lynch) with two daughters. He is the son of Ronald
Pike (Clarke Peters: The Wire), the first black man to rise to police
commissioner, and is keen to make his father proud of him.
Bish lives with his girlfriend Sophie (Emma Rigby), but does not realize that
his world is about to implode. Temperamental and unpredictable, he is full of
suppressed anger and frustration. He trusts Pike implicitly; the cool, calm
and collected logic of his friend contrasts with his own barely-hidden turmoil.
Beginning with a tragedy that shakes both Pike and Bishop, Bulletproof features
spectacular shootouts and car chases. The pair meet Sabine (Andrea Tivadar),
their informant, who alludes to having inside information on a gang stealing
She is terrified that someone is on to her; believing her life to be in danger,
she wants to be taken somewhere safe. Shockingly, as they promise to see what
they can do for her and she walks away angrily, she is deliberately run down
by a red Audi and killed in front of Pike and Bishop. A high speed chase fails
to catch the hit-and-run driver and their BMW car is wrecked.
Following a lead, Pike and Bishop break into a flat where they find incriminating
evidence keys to expensive vehicles; but they are unable to pursue
their case as they did not have a search warrant.
Colleagues Nell McBride (Christina Chong), who is very attracted to Bishop,
and Jonesy (David Elliott) are taken hostage while on surveillance at a warehouse
where stolen cars are being stored and as Pike and Bishop attempt to chase them
down, Jonesy is badly injured.
Lead officer Sarah Tanner (Lindsey Coulson: EastEnders) tells Pike and
Bishop that international criminal Michael Sharp (Doug Allen) is on his way
back to London. A British citizen who holds a Dutch passport, he has two arrest
warrants out for him for drug smuggling, yet somehow he appears to avoid arrest.
Pike and Bishop will uncover a conspiracy that strikes uncomfortably close to
Sharp goes into a building that houses safety deposit boxes and shortly afterwards
there is an explosion. But what is Michael Sharp doing there and does he have,
as he claims, nothing to do with the theft of one of the boxes? Why is he getting
away with offences that would normally get him banged up?
Determined to discover the truth, Pike and Bishop are nevertheless taken off
the case by Tanner, who is suspicious of the reasons why her superiors have
pulled her team.
The arrest of James Barton (Nick Moss) and his subsequent police interview at
the prison, during which Barton identifies a man called Ray (Vinzenz Kiefer)
and insists that he wants to see his wife Kelly (Diane Beck) before he gives
the Police any more leads to a further killing and the discovering of more bodies.
Sharp is arrested and insists that the contents of the safety deposit box will
keep him alive and that he needs protection. A van rams the new BMW Pike and
Bishop are in with Sharp and another shootout ensues. Pike's father hauls them
over the coals, telling his son that he will not have him ruin his reputation
with his unconventional style of policing.
A visit to a car breakers yard which could be a cover for the sale of weaponry
leads to a gang of human traffickers and a supposed Syrian refugee, Bakur (Nasser
Memarcia), who has a dead girl in his boot he claims is his daughter who was
abducted and killed by traffickers.
The Deputy Mayor, Charlotte Carmel (Caroline Goodall) has asked Arjana, an ambitious
solicitor, to check some papers for her. Arjana spots something she is not happy
with and unwittingly puts herself in harm's way visiting Charlotte, who is also
her husband's Godmother.
Threats to their safety mean that Pike, Arjana and their daughters are moved
to a safe house and, worried about his family, Pike agrees to move jobs with
the help of his father, who could also be in danger.
Bishop is distraught at the thought of Pike no longer being his partner, but
together they begin to unravel the mystery of a hit-man and Michael Sharp's
ability to stay free. It is a secret which could implicate people in high places,
including Pike's father.
With the chemistry of an updated Starsky and Hutch, Pike and Bishop are
the new dynamic duo and the ultimate crime fighting team. Bulletproof is a satisfying,
entertaining thrill-ride with a light-hearted edge to the fast-paced action.
Bulletproof also features: Mandeep Dhillon as Kamali Khan; Jason Maza
as Chris Munroe; Jodie Campbell as Ali Pike; Florisa Kamara as Donna Pike; Kerry
Bennett as Social Worker Scarlett Nugent; Martin Walsh as Arkeb; and Kaspar
Green as Gazim Dushku.
Music is by Lorne Balfe; Director of Photography is Sergio Delgado; Created
by Noel Clarke, Ashley Walters and Nick Love; Produced by Jon Finn; and Written
and Directed by Nick Love (The Sweeney; Football Factory).
classic cop-buddy genre Bulletproof is released on DVD in the UK, courtesy
of Acorn Media International, on 23 July 2018. Certificate: 15 | Running Time:
270 Minutes Approximately on 2 Discs| Catalogue Number: AV3499 | RRP: £24.99.
"Bulletproof is a satisfying, entertaining thrill-ride with a light-hearted
edge to the fast-paced action" Maggie Woods, MotorBar
"High-octane car chases and spectacular gun battles… action-packed" What's On TV
"Delivers on high-speed action and good chemistry between the leads" The Sun