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Ashes to Ashes 

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DCI Gene Hunt swaps the Ford Cortina for an Audi Quattro and joins the London Metropolitan Police to deal with the 'Southern Nancy' criminal scum.
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Series cast summary:
Philip Glenister ...  Gene Hunt 24 episodes, 2008-2010
Keeley Hawes ...  Alex Drake 24 episodes, 2008-2010
Dean Andrews ...  Ray Carling / ... 24 episodes, 2008-2010
Marshall Lancaster ...  Chris Skelton 24 episodes, 2008-2010
Montserrat Lombard ...  Shaz Granger 24 episodes, 2008-2010
Joseph Long ...  Luigi 23 episodes, 2008-2010
Geff Francis Geff Francis ...  Viv James 22 episodes, 2008-2010
Grace Vance Grace Vance ...  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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Official Sites:

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English

Release Date:

7 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK

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(24 episodes)

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Stereo (seasons 1-2)| Dolby Digital (season 3)

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16:9
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Trivia

Reactions to the return of Philip Glenister as Gene Hunt from Life on Mars (2006) were overwhelmingly positive. His characteristic bluntness drew much attention. In an interview with The National Student, Glenister himself chose, "Today, my friend, your diary entry will read: took a prozzie hostage and was shot by three armed bastards" as a personal favourite quote from this episode, and commentators also cited it. See more »

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There are many cars out of place during the course of the series, including a 90's era Peugeot 205, and late model Mercedes. Many of the stock cars are repeated throughout the show including a red Vauxhall Cavalier. See more »

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A worth successor to Life on Mars
29 May 2008 | by jhsteelSee all my reviews

I agree with those who say that Ashes to Ashes (or A2A as we fans call it) is different from Life on Mars (LOM), but that has several explanations. Firstly, it is set in the 1980s, and it is written in the spirit of 1980s cop shows, with fashion, glamorous shots and set pieces, etc. Secondly, the central hero is female and her perspective on life is different from Sam Tyler's. She also knows more, having read Sam's notes about his time in Gene Hunt's world in 1973.

However, it still has the unexpectedness and the central mystery of its predecessor, so that we are always wanting to know why Alex is stuck in 1981 and how and if she will get back to 2008. And of course, it has the fabulous Gene Hunt who comes into his own in this series. He is still moody and magnificent, and Philip Glenister has created a character with such charisma that I can't stop watching him. All the continuing characters are wonderful, and so are the new ones; Shaz and Viv in particular. Sam Tyler in LOM was intense, driven and edgy, and the darkness and gritty nature of 1970s style cop shows was well represented in LOM. This is equally great, but it's a different animal. I love both shows and I am really looking forward to the next series of A2A. The things that were revealed about Alex's past create new mysteries that need to be solved, so I am hoping that we will find out more. The most original aspect of both LOM and A2A is the central premise that someone can visit another time frame, whether real or imagined, and experience life there, while their body in "real life" is in a coma or near to death. It's a fascinating idea that has a lot of scope, and since it is a fantasy, anything can happen. The identity of Gene Hunt is open to debate - who is he really? I hope that we find out a lot more about this compelling character in the future. British TV at its best. Oh, and I also love 1980s music - really!


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