The writers of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes do great endings. Who can forget the finale of Life on Mars, or the very satisfying tying up of loose ends in Ashes to Ashes series 1? Series 2 finished on a frustrating cliffhanger, leaving us hungry for this series when, presumably, all would be explained and everything would become clear...and, boy, does it deliver!
It's actually very difficult to write much about it without giving the game away which is a pity because it's only in the last episode when you discover how fiendishly clever it has all been and how many clues were provided along the way. What, for example is 'new guv' Jim Keats's agenda? Why do people keep seeing stars? Who is the mysterious young policeman with half his face blown off who haunts Alex from the first episode? And is Gene Hunt to be trusted?
Gene is even grouchier than usual in this series. It seems he has something on his mind...but what? And what of Sam from Life on Mars? How does he fit into all of this?
My mum reckons that you only need to watch the first and last episodes of each series to know exactly what's going on and that's probably true, but it would be like watching a football match kick off, popping to the pub and then returning five minutes before the final whistle.
Ah yes, the pub...
No, no, no. I really mustn't give anything away. Just watch it. It's great.