Sky1’s new police drama starring Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke has taken its lead from US counterparts such as Lethal Weapon, but does it work and is it better than The Sweeney? Most TV cop shows seem to be in love with the “cold open”, where viewers witness a horrible crime and the lead characters enter the story only after the opening credits – usually in a swirl of yellow police tape, white forensic coveralls and pained expressions. Sky1’s new armed police drama Bulletproof, which launched earlier this week, bucks that trend. If most shows start cold, it comes in hot, kicking off with its plainclothes heroes Pike (Ashley Walters) and Bishop (Noel Clarke) exchanging blows in a boxing ring. The sparring continues even after they hit the showers. Pike jabs at Bishop over his obsession with his hairline; Bishop responds with some below-the-belt banter about Pike’s fondness for cakes.
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