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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:

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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16:9
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Adrian Dunbar (Martin Summers) & Keeley Hawes (Alex Drake) also worked together on Line of Duty (2012) as Ted Hastings & Lindsay respectively, as well as on The Hollow Crown (2012) as the Plantagenet & Queen Elizabeth respectively. 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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certainly not Ashes To Ashes with this series
30 March 2008 | by tyranid_slayerSee all my reviews

I was a bit of a newcomer to Life On Mars. I only joined in with the Life on Mars fad halfway through and by the time i finished catching up the spin-off series appeared. But lets face it, it was to be expected.

Ashes To Ashes picks up where Life On Mars left off but this time Sam Tyler is replaced with Alex Drake (Played by the stunning Keeley Hawes) who finds herself shot in the head and in 1981.

Que drumroll for the ALMIGHTY! DCI Gene Hunt. It's the only reason i kept tuning in for the first couple of episodes because of Phillip Glenisters awesome character and his trademark wit.

The show is great but it took me about 3 episodes in to get really into it while some people were hooked on the first episode i lingered in limbo. But have patience with it.

The fact that John Simms male character from Life on Mars has been replaced by an incredibly good looking female brings up plenty of new fresh ideas and story lines. This added a breath of fresh air because it mainly brought up new problems for Gene Hunt being a Mans Man.

The writing and character development was well executed and Gene Hunts comic wit was perfectly written. And Ashes to Ashes knew were to draw the line between comedy and drama. It kept it funny but also very serious.

all round this series is great and i look forward to the next series......even if i have to wait to next year for it.


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