Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010)
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Alex hears that young Hales has died in prison, endorsing her conspiracy theory, and when Mackintosh wants the case closed even Hunt starts to agree with her. After a man who runs an animal... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Glenister ... Gene Hunt
Keeley Hawes ... Alex Drake
Dean Andrews ... DS Ray Carling
Marshall Lancaster ... Chris Skelton
Montserrat Lombard ... Shaz Granger
Roger Allam ... Det. Supt. Mackintosh
Adrian Dunbar ... Martin Summers
David Bradley ... Robin Elliot
Rory Kinnear ... Jeremy
Graeme Rooney Graeme Rooney ... Adrian Mansfield
Joseph Long ... Luigi
Geff Francis Geff Francis ... Viv James
Robert Portal ... Nigel Pattison
Grace Vance Grace Vance ... Molly Drake
Colin Haigh Colin Haigh ... Prison Warden


Alex hears that young Hales has died in prison, endorsing her conspiracy theory, and when Mackintosh wants the case closed even Hunt starts to agree with her. After a man who runs an animal research lab and his little girl are injured by a bomber Alex visits dogged anti-vivisectionist Robin Elliot, serving a jail term for a similar attack seven years before. He seems unnervingly aware of Alex's position but offers no help when the police are told to expect more attacks. After he has starved himself to death Alex learns from his effects who is continuing his campaign. The resultant shoot-out brings her closer to recalling her life in the 2000s but a celebration of her being saved coupled with the fact that Shazz and Chris are getting engaged is soured by the news that Mackintosh wants Hunt transferred to Plymouth. Written by don @ minifie-1

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4 May 2009 (UK) See more »

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Gene (Philip Glenister) mentions "the Oxford bloody union" referencing the famous university debating forum. See more »


The word 'Slapper' only entered the English vernacular in the early 1990s, this episode was set in 1982. See more »


Gene Hunt: You just entered Gene Hunt country. Head of state, Gene Hunt. Chief of Justice, Gene Hunt. Executioner, Gene Hunt. Shit at football, would never win Eurovision but can spot a terrorist gobshite from a hundred yard away.
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MORPH at last
9 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Finally, we get to see my childhood favourites, Alex is watching TV, Tony Hart to be precise, she turns away, and Morph talks to her, talk about waiting for Morph to appear. Superb start to this episode, loved it. Gene and Alex visit a Prison where Shaun Evans character 'Hales' from the first episode of this series is dead. The team are called in to investigate Animal rights protesters on the eve of a bill being passed, six bomb attacks are planned. Gene and Alex go to visit Robin Elliot, in the Prison where Hales has died, he is superbly portrayed by class act David Bradley. This is a very topical episode which asks a lot of deep questions, Hawes and Bradley play out some brilliant scenes together, they both get under each others skin. I've been impressed with the diversity of each episode, no episode has yet felt repetitive. This far on and everything is still fresh, and new. Alex receives a rose at the end again, who's it from?

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