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Ashes to Ashes 3 Seasons

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (193) IMDb 7.4/10

A spin-off of the hugely popular Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes see's the return of DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) along with his faithful sidekicks Ray Carling (Dean Andrews) and Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster). Thrown into the mix is DCI Alex Drake; after she suffers a horrific accident in 2008, she finds herself thrust into 1981 alongside Hunt and his team.

Starring:
Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes

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1. Ashes To Ashes - Episode 1

DI Alex Drake wakes up in 1981. With Gene Hunt's help, can she find who shot her in 2008.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: 1 January 2008
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2. Ashes To Ashes - Episode 2

The royal wedding looms, and CID is under pressure to keep the streets quiet.

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3. Ashes To Ashes - Episode 3

With two faithful sidekicks, Hunt is drawn to the action and intrigue of the London Met.

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4. Ashes To Ashes - Episode 4

Alex smells a conspiracy when the body of a nuclear research worker disappears.

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5. Ashes To Ashes - Episode 5

Alex and Gene attempt to stop Simon Neary, a gangster Gene has wanted to nail for years.

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6. Ashes To Ashes - Episode 6

Gene reflects on whether he is over the hill and Alex fears she's close to death.

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7. Ashes To Ashes - Episode 7

Can Alex prevent Gene going off the rails just when she needs to stay in control?

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8. Ashes To Ashes - Episode 8

Alex believes that preventing the death of her parents will return her to 1981.

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Crime
Director Catherine Morshead, Jonny Campbell
Starring Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes
Supporting actors Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster
Network BBC Worldwide
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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It would be very tempting just to say this isn't quite as good as Life on Mars, but the only thing that's really missing is the originality of the concept. Psychologically-trained copper DI Alex Drake is fully aware of what happened to Sam Tyler in Life on Mars - she's studied his case and she knows all about Gene, Ray, Chris and the rest. She thus enjoys something of a separateness from the action, totally convinced that none of it is real and that those in the 1981 world are 'constructs' created by her, rendering the dreamlike quality much more haunting and niggling this time round. She's also a little smug (Gene calls her Bollinger-Knickers, but clearly fancies this 'posh bird' something rotten). Some female viewers I know find her very annoying - I, like Gene, find her very sexy!

The best episodes are the first and last. In the first, you suspect the writers had a deliberate checklist of things to include to hook Life on Mars fans: an intriguing setup; a new car; the most memorable tunes of the era; Zippy and George from Rainbow (remember Basil Brush and Camberwick Green from Life on Mars?). This may be a little arch, but it's what we viewers want! As for the last episode...no. No clues!

Along the way there is much fun to be had, together with inspired touches like bringing the real Shaw Taylor out of retirement for a Police 5 segment.

It's addictive, it's a winner. Yes, it's a bit uneven, occasionally too tricksy, occasionally historically inaccurate. But knackers to that, as I'm sure Gene himself would say!
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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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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. Enjoy the thrills, the laughter, the '80s music and some superb characters who loved, hated, fought and would die for each other. This is a quirky non-standard Cop Series with sub-plots, twists and turns like a roller-coaster ride of emotions set back in the nostalgic glamorous and seedy 80s. Love the fantastic music, (Roxy Music, Clash, Jam, Duran Duran, OMD and so many others) woven into the storylines, perhaps the greatest tv story ever! Superb acting, all done in a funny, sad and quite brilliant. follow on from Life on Mars. Also highly acclaimed, as better than (If possible) Life on Mars.

The series was packed full of comedy. Ray Carling's undercover mission as a predatory gay or Chris Skelton's mascara-laden turn as a New Romantic clubber to woo Shaz? As for their joint attempts to master the art of covert surveillance - sheer class. Enjoy the fancy dress party that saw Gene as Clint Eastwood, Chris as Superman and Ray portraying a tache-ridden James Bond.
Along with firing up his red Audi Quattro , Gene came out with plenty of his trademark one-liners. Gene Hunt, is a marvellous tv character given a superb performance by Philip Glenister.
Your eyes will be, inevitably, on the gorgeous Alex Drake dressed in the glamourous 80s styles and with a very strong character played brilliantly, effectively replacing Sam Tyler as the cop from the present trapped in the past, trying to get back to her daughter after she was shot and in a coma. Keeley Hawes's performance is superb.
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