Ashes to Ashes: Season 3, Episode 8

Episode #3.8 (21 May 2010)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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: diamonds are missing and the bodies of three gang members have been discovered. Things don't help with Jim Keats stirring up trouble as usual between team members. Written by Anonymous

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Near the end, at the airfield you can see that the Quattro destroyed by gunfire is not the same that the one who was drove through the runway (the one used throughout the series), you can clearly notice it in the shape of the wheels (rims), they are similar but not the same. See more »


Gene Hunt: My real name is Nigel Perkins.
[Alex looks at him]
Gene Hunt: Nah, I'm just kidding, it's Gene Hunt.
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References The Generation Game (1971) See more »

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Worst ending in the history of endings.
22 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Firstly I would like to point out that I was a massive fan of Life on Mars and the wonderful tight scripting and acting it displayed. Ashes to Ashes was the follow on that everyone wanted to happen but didn't deliver in the same way as the story of John Simm's Sam Tyler had in the original series. Ashes to Ashes was focused around Gene Hunt's chauvinistic and misogynist ways, which when controlled were sometimes highlight of LoM, but in A2A were getting predictable and far too common. My main problem with the finale of Ashes to Ashes was the complete abandonment of any comprehensible explanation as to what was happening. I watched the episode with a few friends, and only by discussing it and working it out were we able to understand what was going on. The beauty of Life on Mars was that it was fantasy, but believable. The realms of stupidity entered by the finale were incredible. It was farcical and just plain rubbish. The only saving grace was the acting. Keeley Hawes did her best to make the most of a rubbish storyline and Phillip Glenister was excellent as always. All in all it was one of the worst endings I have ever seen and I feel robbed that the people who could make one of the best TV series of the last decade can leave me feeling so empty and mortified by tripe like that.

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