Ashes to Ashes (2008– )

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DCI Gene Hunt is back, but he's no longer the self-styled "Sheriff of Manchester." Flanked by his faithful sidekicks, Ray Carling and Chris Skelton, and drawn by the action and intrigue of ... See full summary »

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 Gene Hunt (24 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Alex Drake (24 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Ray Carling / ... (24 episodes, 2008-2010)
Marshall Lancaster ...
 Chris Skelton (24 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Shaz Granger (24 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Luigi (23 episodes, 2008-2010)
Geff Francis ...
 Viv James (22 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Molly Drake (17 episodes, 2008-2010)
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DCI Gene Hunt is back, but he's no longer the self-styled "Sheriff of Manchester." Flanked by his faithful sidekicks, Ray Carling and Chris Skelton, and drawn by the action and intrigue of the London Met, Gene's turned his attentions to taking on the "southern nancy" criminal scum. However, Gene did not expect to be thrown together with a sexy, intelligent DI Alex Drake. Single mother to daughter Molly, Alex has rapidly risen through the ranks of the Met and, in the modern world of 2008, skillfully uses psychological profiling to capture suspects. When Alex and her daughter are kidnapped, she makes a daring attempt at escape, resulting in a horrific incident. Alex suddenly finds herself in 1981, interacting with familiar characters, not just from her own lifetime, but also from the detailed reports logged by none other than Sam Tyler, which Alex previously spent months poring over. Alex is ripped from her current world of sexual equality and respect in 2008, and finds herself opposite... Written by Ian Wylie

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The 80's are back and it's criminal.


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Ashes to Ashes - Zurück in die 80er  »

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The series is full of David Bowie references:- "Ashes to Ashes" is one of his songs, and features a Pierrot clown in its video, and one episode also features a "Laughing Gnome" (which is the name of another Bowie song). See more »

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The Audi Quattro used by Gene Hunt was not available for sale in the UK in 1981. He would have had to order it from continental Europe, thus it would probably be left-hand drive. This is acknowledged to in the extras, which speculate that Hunt could have gotten the car as "a dodgy import." See more »

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What a stunning series Ashes to Ashes is!!
19 April 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen the earlier Life On Mars, but read the BBC website about it.

Ashes to Ashes was stunning television, with quite a few eye watering brilliant twists in the story every week. And brilliantly cool music selections for some of the scenes.

What a gobsmackingly brilliant final episode (of uk season one). The other episodes were leading up to this one, and it was well worth waiting for!! I won't say what we saw, but it was brilliant television, worthy of a movie-length ultimate season finale for an entire multi-season show.

I can't wait for the next series!! And yes, it did have definite Dempsey & Makepeace overtones - can't wait to see it they reference it when they get to 1985 !! ;-)


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