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Ashes to Ashes - BBC Series 1 (New Packaging) [DVD]

Philip Glenister , Keeley Hawes    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster, Montserrat Lombard
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K0DY18
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,869 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A triumphant return for DCI Gene Hunt, Ashes To Ashes takes some of the characters from the superb time-shifting police drama Life On Mars, and moves the action to the early 1980s. So it’s out with the Cortina, in with the Audi Quattro, and straight down to some terrific television.

Joining DCI Hunt -- again played with terrific force and stature by Philip Glenister -- is Keeley Hawes, as DCI Alex Drake. Like John Simm’s character in Life On Mars, DCI Drake suddenly finds herself in 1981, with no clear reason why.

This provides the platform for another terrific show, the first series of which is fully present and correct here. Ashes To Ashes is tonally a little different from Life On Mars, but maintains the wonderful attention to period detail (and a healthy 80s soundtrack to match), and the willingness to mix in some fun alongside the serious business of police work.

Ashes To Ashes is some achievement. It grounds out an identify for itself, stepping out of the shadow of Mars. And the rapport between Hawes and Glenister is a real highlight. But there’s so much to enjoy here, backed up by the promise of another series in the offing. For now, though, there’s plenty to get your teeth into here, thanks to a quality, very British drama that’s simply compelling television. --Jon Foster

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Swapping the Ford Cortina for an Audi Quattro, DCI Gene Hunt rolls up his sleeves and embraces the Eighties in the sequel to Life On Mars. DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) is back but he's no longer the self-styled 'Sheriff of Manchester'. Flanked by his faithful sidekicks, Ray Carling (Dean Andrews) and Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster), and drawn to the action and intrigue of the London Met, Gene turns his attentions to taking on the 'southern nancy' criminal scum. However, Gene does not expect to be thrown together with sexy, intelligent, DCI Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes). Single mother to daughter Molly, Alex has rapidly risen through the ranks of the Met and skilfully uses psychological profiling to capture suspects. When Alex and her daughter are kidnapped she makes a daring attempt at escape, resulting in a horrific accident. Alex suddenly finds herself in 1981 interacting with familiar characters, not just from her own life-time, but also from the detailed reports logged by none other than Sam Tyler, which Alex has previously spent months pouring over. Alex is ripped from her current world of sexual equality and respect in 2008 and finds herself opposite an arrogant fellow DCI in a Two Tone, New Romantic Eighties London with a soundtrack of Adam Ant, Roxy Music and The Human League ringing in her ears.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Where Life On Mars garnered an across the board positive critical reception Ashes To Ashes has had a more mixed reception. Obviously the concept is not as fresh this time around and the whole series has a slightly contrived ambience to it. For instance even taking into account it's a series with a fantastical element what are the chances of Gene Hunt (Philip Glennister) ,Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster) and Ray Carling (Dean Andrews) all transferring from London to Manchester at the same time? Still willing suspension of disbelief is required with this series so what the hell.

The central concept is that police psychologist Alex Drake(Keeley Hawes) who is tied into the series having worked on Sam Tyler's case is shot in 2008 and wakes up in 1981 to find the same principal characters that invaded Sam,s world existing in hers. The "imaginary constructs" as she calls them must also aid her in that old sci-fi staple of changing the past in order to influence the future. In this case Drake wants to prevent her parents becoming victims of a car bombing -a consequence of their involvement in civil rights campaigning and as defence lawyers.

Mixed up with this is lots of stuff about Drake questioning her parents commitment to her with their busy professional life,s, her relationship with her uncle and her burgeoning fractious relationship with Gene Hunt. Not to mention her motherly feelings for young policewoman Shaz Granger( Montserrat Lombard)who is a kind of surrogate daughter for the one left behind in 2008.Then there is the clown from the Bowie video haunting her dreams and more worryingly her waking moments as well.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and sexy 13 July 2008
Life on mars was fantastic already. I did not get hooked by the first Ashes to Ashes episode but kept watching and got to really love it. Maybe it is because I can relate more to the 80s than the 70s, everytime music starts in ashes to ashes I was going like Uuh I remember that, the same with the fashion and details. The series is perfectly produced and the actors are great. I like how Chris and Ray have developed. And, quite frankly, Gene Hunt becomes one of the most sexiest characters on TV ..... Fire up the Quattro..... Now Bollinger Knickers you can either punch me or kiss me ..... Gene Hunt Chapter 1, Verse 2 .... - just a few of the utterly un-PC scruffy quotes by Gene Hunt. Of course, the female lead, Keeley Hawes, is great too and carries her part tremendously. Ashes to Ashes is very recommendable, either if you know Life on Mars or you dont, Ashes to Ashes stands for itself as well as it does as a follow up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Keeley Hawes has more than proved her worth as D.I. Alex Drake alongside the foul-mouthed but irreverently funny always non-PC, Gene Hunt, played by the talented Philip Glenister. The show is different from Life on Mars, but with a variety of wonderfully and aptly selected 80's music - but then, this is a different show and proudly so.

Ashes to Ashes is all about the 1980s and the plots, characters and music as well as the two central characters I feel lift the show from being a mere follow-on to being a highly entertaining, well-crafted and superbly acted series. There is wonderful British humour and irony mixed in with class-clashes, male-female tension and that feeling that the 80s must have been a challenging but fun time to be a policewoman. You will not regret buying this.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Manc Lion Returns with a Roar 9 Jun 2008
After much anticipation the Manc Lion returned. The Gene Genie returned more mature and more laid back. Philip Glenister's on screen chemistry with Keeley Hawes works well, and the storylines have been excellent - and Gene's one-liners have been up to scratch from "Life on Mars". The music has been brilliant and the DVD is now well watched. I look forward to the next and final series with bated breath. Just keep up the good work, writers, actors and BBC.

Thanks for a very good spin off series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant belive I missed this 1st time round! 3 Mar 2010
Received Life on Mars series for xmas and thoroughly enjoyed both series. Was a little apprehensive about the follow-up but after a couple of programs found it just as addictive. What memories it brought back. Ended up buyin series 2. Cannot praise the series enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its goooooooooooood...... 26 Dec 2009
Everyone is aware that is not life on mars and this series is quite short of what life on mars was. However, the direction that this show took the whole franchise into was very sensible. Gene Hunt is somewhat toned down due to the changes he had experienced in his personal life, the police force and his country's state. If he had continued in the manner we had saw in the previous series, he would have quickly became some tiresome novelty act. The characters of Ray and Chris were developed more-so which gives the show a whole new dimension of interest. Many will say they find the performance of keeley hawes in this particular series annoying and snobish, but i think this is simply the result of good acting and a strong portrayl of the character, which is what the writers were trying to acheive. Alex Drake is not Sam Tyler, both have different personalities and come from different backgrounds which, in a a sense, is more interesting to watch. The relationship between Hunt and Drake is compelling as both are almost complete opposites and there is also a tension which lingers as they are opposite sexes. Anyway, overall, some parts of this series are very good, the last episode in particular, and also many are not so good which i think s the result of a rush job. The second series of this show far surpasses this, but ths series was solely for helping the show find its feet. It's still entertaining, nobody can say its not, and those who cannot help but rubbish it in comparison to life on mars are rather deluded in my opinion. Apart from references made about sam tyler on rare occasions, this show is now one in its own right and name. Early episodes are undeniably dissapointing but from the last episode onwards into the second series it has become the most gripping thing on british TV. So yeah, its the best thing on TV when its on, i think its worth a watch, if you do not like this i would still strongly reccomend wathcing the second series, which wont dissapoint. Enjoy, if you can...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars No life on Mars?
It's always difficult to follow up a series so original as Life on Mars without it loosing something. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Henderson R 166
5.0 out of 5 stars Cop Series set back in the 80s, fantastic music, great story, superb...
Following the Award winning, hugely popular cult TV hit of Life On Mars was always going to be tricky, but Ashes To Ashes did brilliantly live up to its heritage. Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope .it's as good as life on mars
I loved the life on mars series , so i'm collecting "ashes to ashes" now . I wont watch them till i have the whole series .
Published 5 months ago by dorothy hampson
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Quatro!!
The follow on from life on Mars series with john sim. A Great show, you have to buy the complete series
Published 7 months ago by R. A. Inman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Bought this after watching Life on Mars and loved it! Love Philip Glenister and his character Gene is just like I remember blokes in the 80s
Published 8 months ago by MS S CAMPBELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes to Ashes
I originally thought that Life on Mars was absolutely brilliant and had hoped that Sam would be in some of this but alas.. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael Keeber
5.0 out of 5 stars exellent
excellent quality bought to be watched over and over and over again by my dad he is an avid fan of the ashes to ashes and life on mars series which was also purchased for him :)
Published 16 months ago by Miss S Hampton
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Published 17 months ago by Mrs June Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes To Ashes
V fond of this series. Sending it 2 friends in South Africa who have never heard of it. They will like the English humour.
Excellent delivery. V efficient. Thank you.
Published 17 months ago by Gizzymouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Good products
Excellent products performed up to expected requirements, sorry I don`t have another thirteen words to say on the subject, sorry.
Published 17 months ago by John Robaszek
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