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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 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)
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 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)
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 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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7 March 2009 (USA)  »

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The series is full of David Bowie references:- "Ashes to Ashes" was his first UK number one single of the 1980s and features Bowie dressed as a Pierrot clown in its video. One episode also features a "Laughing Gnome" (which is the title of an earlier 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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Entertaining but not as good as yet as Life on Mars
13 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was a huge fan of Life on Mars so was expecting big things with Ashes to Ashes. However, I couldn't help feeling disappointed. It doesn't feel the same without John Simm. While Keeley Hawes adds a bit of glamour, I find her character slightly irritating. It seems less gritty and more reliant on humour. Philip Glenister is, as always, superb as Gene Hunt and Marshall Lancaster and Dean Andrews are like a modern day Laurel and Hardy and play their parts to perfection. I'm sure this series will be a huge hit and as I've only watched one episode, maybe I am expecting too much too soon. I hope I grow to love Ashes to Ashes as much as I loved Life on Mars. (I still miss John Simm though!)


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