Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010)
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Episode #1.7 

Thousands of pounds collected for charity have been stolen, and the only lead is Gil Hollis, the man who raised it. Alex is sure that Gil knows more than he realises and that she can coax ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Glenister ... Gene Hunt
Keeley Hawes ... Alex Drake
Dean Andrews ... Ray Carling
Marshall Lancaster ... Chris Skelton
Montserrat Lombard ... Shaz Granger
Amelia Bullmore ... Caroline Price
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Evan White
Matthew Macfadyen ... Gil Hollis
Joseph Long ... Luigi
Geff Francis Geff Francis ... Viv James
Andrew Clover Andrew Clover ... The Clown
Grace Vance Grace Vance ... Molly Drake
Lucy Cole Lucy Cole ... Young Alex
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ... Chief Super
Troy Glasgow ... Ska Boy


Thousands of pounds collected for charity have been stolen, and the only lead is Gil Hollis, the man who raised it. Alex is sure that Gil knows more than he realises and that she can coax it out of him. But when Gene is humiliated on a TV appeal, he resorts to his 'fists first, questions later' method. Can Alex prevent Gene going off the rails just at the point when she needs to stay in control, and if she can't, will someone die? Written by Matthew Graham

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20 March 2008 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alex (Keeley Hawes) mentions Glastonbury 1992, referring to the annual music festival of contemporary performing arts held on Michael Eavis estate in Plimpton, Somerset. It was first held on 19th September 1970. See more »


A plush toy of Garfield with suction cups to allow it to be stuck inside a car windscreen plays a central role in the plot of this episode. Although extremely popular, these toys only became available in 1988, seven years after the date of this episode. See more »


DI Alex Drake: I propose, that given your reaction to the gender balance of the gang, that this is their first job.
DCI Gene Hunt: What, New Kids On The Block?
DI Alex Drake: Now that's a good name for a boy band!
WPC Sharon 'Shaz' Granger: Gov.
DCI Gene Hunt: Chris, Take That! It's the dodgy second hand car dealers. East 17!
DC Chris Skelton: Alright, Backstreet Boys.
DS Ray Carling: Yeah, let's get 'em Busted!
DI Alex Drake: Ooh God! I'm gonna scream!
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References Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) See more »


Written by David Bowie, Carlos Alomar and John Lennon
Performed by David Bowie
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Finding the fun again
4 September 2017 | by studioATSee all my reviews

There have been some distinctly average episodes in this first series of the 'Life on Mars' spin-off, but in the second half of its run it seems to have regained a sense of fun, and this episode is a good example.

Yes it tells quite a dark story, but there are lots of fun and funny moments along the way to lighten some of the tone.

I thought this episode and the last were a vast improvement.

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