The question remains - did Gene hunt kill Sam Tyler? Alex needs to know and all is revealed in the final episode. Meanwhile the rest of the team are dealing with a Jewelry robbery and triple homicide...
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
The typeface used in the end credits are from a Commodore PET computer, which is also the same computer that is on DCI Hunt's desk. See more »
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 »
'Life on Mars' was an unexpected hit, the clever story of time-travelling policeman Sam Tyler who finds himself injected into an unreconstructed 1970s police force. 'Ashes to Ashes' is the sequel, although the plot is essentially separate: a different character is returned to a different period (in this case, the early 1980s); what's in common are the people who populate the former landscape, the team of detectives led by Gene Hunt. And at first, it feels like a poor substitute for its predecessor. There's a knowingness to its tone that is could be seen an acknowledgement that some of the freshness is gone; the new protagonist, played by Keely Hawes, is unsympathetic and irritating; and a lot of the early episodes appear to consist of little more than 80s pop music being played over footage of Hunt's Audi Quattro. Additionally, Hunt (played, as previously, by Philip Glenister) no longer seems quite so spectacularly outrageous; there's not the same intensity to his interaction with his new visitor as there was with his last. The series ends strongly, however: the idea of getting Geoffrey Palmer to play Lord Scarman is brilliant; but in spite of some strong moments and funny lines, one senses a formula that's starting to feel stretched. I still enjoyed the series; but I also had the sense that the basic idea has now been done, and might be better left to rest.
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