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A cracking start,
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This review is from: Ashes to Ashes: Complete BBC Series 1  [DVD] (DVD)
It maybe a bit premature to review this, seeing as only one episode has been aired so far (at the time of writing), but I couldn't help myself, especially as I loved both series's of 'Life On Mars' and was brought up on early 80's New Romantic & Synth Pop. There is no point going into the concept of this spin off series, nor the narrative of the first episode - as everyone has got the gist, other than to say that this is set in 1981 with DCI Gene Hunt's gang being transferred to the Met in London.
The important thing is, does this still work? Yes, the charm, wit, freshness and energy are all still present and correct, plus now with an added touch of style and glamour - what with the change of decade, landscape and soundscape, but still retaining its grit. And talking about soundscape, isn't the music great. So far we've had 'Ashes To Ashes' - David Bowie (obviously), 'Vienna' - Ultravox, 'Careless Memory' - Duran Duran, 'Are Friends Electric' - Gary Numan And Tubeway Army, 'I Fought The Law' - The Clash, 'No More Heroes' - The Stranglers, 'In Love With A German Film Star' - The Passions and 'The Same Old Scene' - Roxy Music, plus even a send up sing-a-long to 'Shut Uppa Your Face' by Joe Dulchy (not sure of spelling). And that's only in the first episode. So when they compile the soundtrack, they will be spoilt for choice.
Philip Glenister's character has had a few rough edges shaved off - which is understandable, as this is now set in 1981, but it still retains the essence of Gene Hunt. And Keeley Hawes has really made her part work as Police Psychotherapist DI Alex Drake, which is no mean feat when you're following on from the great John Simm's portrayal of Sam Tyler. Also, there is a sexual chemistry between the two leading roles, which will no doubt be explored more as the series progresses. Plus, Chris has found himself a girlfriend in the Met - how touching, and Ray is just - well Ray.
I just loved Hunt's red Audi Quattro speeding through the tunnel blaring out to the sound of 'I Fought The Law', plus the 'Miami Vice' pastiche with the drug deal, the sub-machine guns and the speedboat on the Thames etc. Plus not forgetting George and Zippy off 'Rainbow' and the sinister clown from the 'Ashes To Ashes' video.
Overall, I was impressed with the opening episode. So let us just hope that the rest of the series is this good, if not better.
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2008 22:39:30 GMT
I cant stand people who review before its been released. PLEASE DONT
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2008 20:28:09 GMT
O. Derwood says:
Agreed. These reviews are for the whole series, and one episode in you've got "OMG, I saw one episode and it was the best thing ever! Five stars! Gene Hunt makes my life worth living and absolutely nothing else matters!"
Fine, you like the pilot. But you've now reviewed the whole series, the entire DVD package, with a round 5 stars. That's beyond premature, and like all the reviews here, it's only going to be misleading to people wanting to buy the whole thing when it's finished on TV.
For God's sake, at least give it a more realistic star rating.
Posted on 10 Mar 2008 12:19:31 GMT
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Posted on 14 Aug 2009 14:44:47 BDT
This programme is stupid. I haven't watched any of them, I don't need to. All I do is read TV listings to keep up to speed. There is no need to watch this badly done tribute to 70's nostalgia. A waste of the license fee, if I paid it. Thumbs up but don't sit down. Rubbish TV. Her curly hair is nice but the rest is cheese and badly written at that. What a waste of time and effort. Typical lefty communist nazi propaganda nonsense.
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