‘Bulletproof’, the action-packed British drama, revolves around two NCA detectives Aaron Bishop and Ronald “Ronnie” Pike Jr, who investigate and solve multiple, dangerous crimes across the country. Created by Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters, its episodes showcase numerous cases related to trafficking, drug dealing, and armed robberies.
The show first premiered on Sky One on May 15, 2018, in the UK. Produced by Vertigo Films and Company Pictures, the series was then picked up by The CW to air for its US audience. Co-created and primarily written by scriptwriter and director Nick Love, it was released in the US in August 2019 and opened to positive reviews. Now the question is, will there be a ‘Bulletproof’ season 2? Let’s find out.
Bulletproof Cast: Who is in it?
Executive produced by Nick Love alongside Michele Buck, Judy Counihan, and Allan Niblo, the lead cast of ‘Bulletproof’ comprises Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters. Clarke enacts the role of Aaron Bishop, an NCA detective. He is best known for his appearances on ‘Kidulthood’ and its sequels, ‘Adulthood’ and ‘Brotherhood’. Walters plays the character of Bishop’s best friend and NCA detective, Ronald “Ronnie” Pike Jr. He has featured in films like ‘Bullet Boy’, ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and the crime series ‘Top Boy’.
Joining them in other prominent roles are Lindsey Coulson as Sarah Tanner, Christina Chong as Nell McBride, Lashana Lynch as Arjana Pike, Mandeep Dhillon as Kamali Khan, Jason Maza as Chris Munroe, Clarke Peters as Ronald Pike Sr, David Elliot as Tim “Jonesy” Jones, Caroline Goodall as Charlotte Carmel, Emma Rigby as Dr. Sophie Latimer and Jodie Campbell as Ali Pike.
Season 2, when it premieres, is expected to see a majority of the lead cast members reprising their original roles.
Bulletproof Plot: What is it about?
The concept for ‘Bulletproof’ developed way back in the early 2010s when Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters decided to create a British version of the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence starrer ‘Bad Boys’ — the popular action movie franchise. Although their idea was a bit risky since it was quite rare in British TV to air a show with two black leads, they stood firm on their plan and launched the series in May 2018. The six-episode show proved to be a ground-breaking hit and garnered an audience of 1.59 million viewers after its debut — a staggering number for Sky One in that year.
The premise is definitely different because it is a first-of-its-kind title in Britain that is led by two black stars in positive roles. Going against the stereotypical trend where black men are usually featured as drug dealers, gang members or criminals, it showcases the lead cast as role models and regular guys with normal families. The fresh approach was instantly appreciated by its UK viewers.
‘Bulletproof’ can be defined as an amalgamation of a high-octane action drama and a family series. It is centered around best buddies and partners Bishop and Pike, who tackle the rowdiest criminals in London’s East End. Streetsmart, savvy, smart, tough, and witty, the duo shares a strong bond and are always there for each other. While Pike comes from a regular family and wishes to follow his father’s footsteps, Bishop spent most of his childhood in foster homes and on the streets. At times, their close friendship is tested when the past resurfaces and conspiracies are unveiled.
The story begins by introducing us to Bishop and Pike, detectives in London’s National Crime Agency. They work for their boss Sarah Tanner, who usually involves the pair in East London’s toughest cases, comprising organized crimes and hardened criminals. In the beginning, we see the two of them being summoned by one of their trusted informants and Tanner communicating to them that she is concerned about her safety. But soon after she departs, she gets into a hit-and-run accident.
Further investigation leads Bishop and Pike to discover that she had been trying to expose a car theft ring. The duo delves deeper into the incident and gets involved in multiple stakeouts, shootouts, and chases. From here, the plot develops further and we witness how the protagonists tackle the deadliest of antagonists and crack the most baffling cases. Full of adrenaline-rushing action, gritty and riveting cases, with hints of humor, the series is a treat for the mystery-loving audience.
Season 2 is expected to resume just after the events of season 1 while following the savvy, reckless duo as they continue to crack cases while dealing with familial and personal issues.
Bulletproof Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Bulletproof’ season 1 premiered on May 15, 2018, on Sky One in the UK. Here, it wrapped up with its sixth and final episode on June 19, 2018. It premiered on August 7, 2019, on The CW for the US audience. It followed a weekly schedule, airing one 60-minute-long episode every Wednesday at 8:00-9:00 pm ET. The season finally wrapped up on September 11, 2019.
The series garnered a favorable response among the US audience, especially in the African American community. Just as in the UK, even in the States, it is extremely rare to see a buddy action series, headlined by two black leads. If you note the trend, from ’48 Hours’ and ‘Lethal Weapon‘ to ‘Miami Vice’, ‘Rush Hour‘ and ‘Men in Black‘, almost all of these titles have a black protagonist paired with a white co-star. Hence, when The CW added ‘Bulletproof’ in its summer 2019 schedule along with its other 10 original series, it paved the way for amassing considerable positive ratings.
Now, as far as a renewal is concerned, we have some good news for fans. After the show aired its finale in the UK on June 19, 2018, it was confirmed that a second season consisting of six episodes was commissioned. If everything falls in place, it should start airing on Sky One by May 2020 in the UK — following which The CW might pick it up in the next few months. According to our estimate, ‘Bulletproof’ season 2 is most likely to premiere sometime in August 2020 in the US.
While we wait for an update on ‘Bulletproof’ season 2 release date, check out the sneak peek for season 1 below. You shall get an idea of what this series is all about.
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