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09: The Ukrainian Vampire
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Preceeded by The Alien Factor
Followed by The First & The Last
Production notes
Recorded August 2003
Released March 2018

When local police, investigating a mysterious death in the Ukraine, call in two members of the KGB's Special Investigation Unit it is assumed to be because of one of two reasons. Either the crime is political, or the case has such unpleasant overtones and the local law enforcement officials don't want to get caught in any subsequent fallout.

What the KGB men discover is there have been two deaths inside a faulty lift of a block of flats. In each case the victims died from a combination of loss of blood and shock. In each there were a pair of yellow blue bruised puncture wounds on the body. No blood was evident inside the lift.

Battling against a growing hysteria that a vampire is prowling the building, the KGB men try to come up with rational explanations for events. But what they finally discover is even more bizarre and frightening than any story about vampires...

Crew

Writer: Peter Grehan. Script Editor: Witold Tietze. Post-Production: Matthew Kopelke. Music: Robert Warnock. Digital Artwork: Shutterstock. Producer: Matthew Kopelke. Director: Matthew Kopelke.

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Plot

Episode endings

  1. As Izhakov packs up belongings in preparation for leaving the KGB, he ponders the potential of his new job - working for a United Nations intelligence taskforce...

Additional credited cast

KGB inquiry Chairman (David Hutchison), Capt. Leonid Izhakov (Jacob Aldridge), Lt. Maksim Litvenenko (Kane Major), Sgt. Warkentins (Witold Tietze), Capt. Keernev (David Hutchison), Police officer & Troop Sergeant (Arthur Guthrie).

Popular myths

  • This UN taskforce mentioned at the end of this episode is UNIT from Doctor Who (obviously, it isn't - that would be copyright infringement. It just happens to be an intelligence taskforce aligned with the United Nations.)

Things to listen out for...

  • Numerous dodgy Russian accents. ;)

Things you probably never knew...

  • The working title for this episode was The Deadly Lift.

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