Bloodlines (ITV drama)

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Created by Mike Cullen
Directed by Philip Martin
Starring Emma Pierson
Kevin McNally
Robert Pugh
Kieran O'Brien
Max Beesley
Composer(s) Nicholas Hooper
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 2
Executive producer(s) Andy Harries
Producer(s) Shefali Malhoutra
Location(s) London, England, UK
Cinematography Julian Court
Running time 90 mins each. (w/advertisements)
Production company(s) Granada Television
Original network ITV
Original release 31 January (2005-01-31) – 1 February 2005 (2005-02-01)

Bloodlines is a two-episode British detective fiction thriller and a leading dramatic vehicle for Emma Pierson, who stars as rookie police officer Justine Hopkin. The series, produced by Granada Television and directed by Philip Martin, premiered on ITV on 31 January 2005, at 9PM,[1][2][3] with episode two airing on 1 February 2005, again at 9PM.[4] Episodes one and two are each 90 minutes in length.[5] Initially envisioned as returning series, ITV chose not to recomission Bloodlines after viewing figures fell well below the expected target.[6]


After Elaine Hopkin (Jan Francis) is found dead, the victim of an apparent an OD suicide, her firstborn Mark (Kieran O'Brien) refuses to even inform his dad James (Kevin McNally), who is locked up for murder. Kid sister Justine (Emma Pierson), a cocky uniformed cop, goes to visit him, only to learn that he has just been released. After the autopsy concludes asphyxiation, she comprises friendly DC Jake Bannerman (Max Beesley)'s official investigation by taking rash actions against procedure.



# Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
1 "Episode 1" Phillip Martin Mike Cullen 31 January 2005 (2005-01-31) 5.67m
WPC Justine Hopkin finds her mother dead at her home. She decides to visit her estranged father James in prison to break the news, but learns that he has already been released. The post mortem shows her mother was murdered, and James is the prime suspect. Justine tracks James down at his old haunts, but he protests his innocence. Her boss and mentor DCI Jordan orders her not to interfere in the investigation. Justine meets with her father's former colleague, DI Derek Thompson, hoping to find new information on the case that resulted in her father’s wrongful conviction for murder. She catches Thompson on film with a prostitute and threatens him with blackmail unless he helps her clear her father’s name. But then she finds Thompson murdered.
2 "Episode 2" Phillip Martin Mike Cullen 1 February 2005 (2005-02-01) 4.41m
Justine asks her brother Mark to provide an alibi for her after the meeting with DI Derek Thompson goes horribly wrong. Once again, the evidence points to James Hopkin. DCI Paul Jordan loses patience with Justine when she continues to defend her father and points the finger at Jordan himself, knowing he was close to her father when the original murder was committed. DC Jake Bannerman and DCI Jordan enlist Mark in the hunt for the elusive James. Unlike his sister, Mark is not convinced of his father’s innocence. Taking matters into her own hands, Justine forces a meeting between her father and the father of Charles Cole, the man Hopkin was convicted of murdering, but the meeting triggers a series of tragic events.


  1. ^ Banks-Smith, Nancy (1 February 2005). "A Dark Horse". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ "Episode Summary: Bloodlines Season 1, Episode 1". 31 January 2005. 
  3. ^ "Television: Emma cops plum role; PICK OF THE WEEK with Steve Hendry BLOODLINES (ITV, Monday and Tuesday, 9pm) Star of gritty new drama is force to be reckoned with". Sunday Mail. Glasgow, Scotland). 30 January 2005. 
  4. ^ "Episode Summary: Bloodlines Season 1, Episode 2". 1 February 2005. 
  5. ^ "Bloodlines: Series 1, Episode 2". ITV. 
  6. ^ "Bloodlines Episode Guide, ITV (ended 2005)". 1 February 2005. 
  7. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes". BARB. Retrieved 2016-10-29. 

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