Bloods. Image shows from L to R: Wendy (Jane Horrocks), Maleek (Samson Kayo). Copyright: Roughcut Television


  • TV sitcom
  • Sky One / Sky Arts / Sky Comedy
  • 2018 - 2022
  • 17 episodes (2 series)

Comedy about a mismatched paramedic team in South London. Stars Jane Horrocks, Samson Kayo, Lucy Punch, Julian Barratt, Adrian Scarborough and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Partners

Bloods. Image shows from L to R: Maleek (Samson Kayo), Crackhead John (Dustin Demri-Burns), Wendy (Jane Horrocks). Copyright: Roughcut Television
Spiky South London boy Maleek is not impressed by new partner Wendy, a middle-aged divorcee who's just moved to the capital. Pining for his old partner Kevin, he struggles to guide her through the mean streets. Team leader Jo tries to flirt with grieving widower Lawrence but is caught out by a major pile-up.


Adrian Scarborough was credited in this episode but only appeared in the title sequence.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 5th May 2021
Sky One
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 8th May 2021 12:00am Sky1
Sunday 9th May 2021 11:00pm Sky1
Tuesday 11th May 2021 11:00pm Sky1
Wednesday 23rd February 2022 9:00pm Sky Comedy
Thursday 24th February 2022 11:20pm Sky Comedy
Friday 3rd June 2022 5:00pm Sky Comedy
Wednesday 27th July 2022 11:30pm Sky Comedy
Wednesday 19th July 2023 7:30pm Sky Comedy
Tuesday 1st August 2023 12:40am Sky Comedy

Cast & crew

Jane Horrocks Wendy
Samson Kayo Maleek
Lucy Punch Jo
Julian Barratt Lawrence
Aasiya Shah Kareshma
Kevin Garry (as Kevin 'KG' Garry) Darryl
Sam Campbell Darrell
Ellie White Radio (Voice)
Guest cast
Kiell Smith-Bynoe Kevin
Dustin Demri-Burns Crackhead John
Leke Adebayo Obe
Tyrell Morgan Kid 1
Jacob Avery Kid 2
Writing team
Nathan Bryon Writer
Paul Doolan Writer (Additional Material)
Samson Kayo Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Will Sinclair Director
Seb Barwell Producer
Tilusha Ghelani Executive Producer
Ash Atalla Executive Producer
Alex Smith Executive Producer
Deborah Morgan Line Producer
Mark Williams Editor
Matthew Button Production Designer
Sally Broome Casting Director
Duncan Telford Director of Photography
Ruka Johnson Costume Designer
Frances Hounsom Make-up Designer
Leonie Tucker Graphics
Scott Bates 1st Assistant Director


Bloods (Sky One) pairs Famalam's Samson Kayo with, bizarrely, Jane Horrocks, as a mismatched pair of paramedics. The opener has each of them struggling towards any kind of cultural rapport - he big and angry and avowedly from the 'hood, she librarian-kind and mousy and determinedly from the suburbs of somewhere northern. It somehow works as comedy, if of the sweeter rather than distinctly darker kind. Hugely helped by the outlying cast, particularly Lucy Motherland Punch as the boss with an unrequited crush on sad widower Julian Barratt. Who would (quite inexplicably) rather cry into his pint than jump her bones.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 9th May 2021

Bloods review

For a show that features crack addicts, multi-vehicle pile-ups and a cardiac arrest, Bloods is surprisingly silly.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 5th May 2021

Bloods review

Patchy paramedic comedy unlikely to split your sides.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 5th May 2021

Bloods review

A magnificent paramedic comedy full of gallows humour.

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 5th May 2021

Bloods, Sky One, review

It was hard to laugh at this paramedic comedy - the medical emergencies felt too real.

Barbara Speed, i Newspaper, 5th May 2021

Bloods, episode 1 review

Samson Kayo outshines Jane Horrocks in this odd-couple comedy.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 5th May 2021

TV preview: Bloods

As brand new medical comedy Bloods arrives on Sky One, Danielle de Wolfe speaks with stars Jane Horrocks and Samson Kayo to discover more.

Danielle de Wolfe, The Herald, 4th May 2021

Bloods review

The series looks for comic potential in the emergency services through the antics of two mismatched colleagues.

Suzi Feay, The Financial Times, 30th April 2021

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