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:

BBC [UK]

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UK

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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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Color

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16:9
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Series One contains references to prostitution in every episode - Drake travels back as one in episode one, sees a poster in episode two saying "We are all prostitutes!", and in another solves the murder of a streetwalker. She is also frequently dressed in red, making her a "scarlet woman". 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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not a sequel more a rewrite
15 March 2008 | by victor_66See all my reviews

People will always compare a sequel to its predecessor, sometimes rightly so, but this time they would be wrong. Life on Mars was new and unique. The story of policeman trapped in his own imagination that kept you guessing until the end as to whether this world was real or not. This is a similar idea with a twist. At the start Drake comes across as arrogant and very self assured of her policing and psychological skills but as the series progresses you can see the cracks appearing. Ashes to Ashes isn't so much a sequel as more a clever rewrite. I recommend people ignore the hype and hysteria of the media and judge for yourself.


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