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DI Alex Drake of the Metropolitan Police is taken hostage and shot, and wakes to find herself apparently thrown back in time to 1981. She quickly recognises DCI Gene Hunt and his team from detailed reports made by DCI Sam Tyler about his own trip to 1973.
Initially sceptical about the surreal nature of her new environment, Alex, a modern, no-nonsense woman, clashed regularly with her sexist colleagues but had to learn to adjust while she strove to find her way back to 2008. As time passed, Alex started to accept her situation, and wonder whether her life in the future had been the dream. Executive Producer Jane Featherstone described this spin-off from Life on Mars as "a touch of Moonlighting teamed with a measure of Miami Vice." The show aimed to build on the success of its award-winning predecessor, resurrecting Philip Glenister's ever-popular detective while taking the opportunity to wink at 1980s fashions and attitudes.
Ashes to Ashes is a Kudos production in association with Monastic Productions for the BBC.… Expand
- Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction
- Show Type: Ended
- Season 2 premiere date: Apr 20, 2009
- Episode Length: 60
- Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Apr 27, 2013Ashes to Ashes took a little longer than its predecessor, Life on Mars; to get into its stride during its opening season but this second season hits the ground running from the opening episode. The central partnership between Alex Drake (Hawes) and Gene Hunt (Glenister) is arguably still not quite as entertaining as the one between Gene Hunt and Sam Tyler but the pair certainly have good on screen chemistry. The ongoing mystery of why Drake has found herself in the 1980’s also remains intriguing and the week to week cases remain as well written as ever.
If you were a fan of Life on Mars chances are you’ll like Ashes to Ashes once you get used to the new lead.… Expand