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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 3 premiere date: Apr 2, 2010
- Episode Length: 60
- Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Jun 18, 2012This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. An almost universally strong, well-made, orginal tv series comes to a close with this final series. The finest touches of Series 3 of Ashes to Ashes were the introduction of Jim Keats, a sinister and mysterious character played brilliantly by Daniel Mays, the episodes focusing on exploring and developing Chris, Ray or Shaz respectively, and, most importantly, the jewel on the Ashes/Mars crown, that astounding final episode. I still can't stop watching it. The tension and mystery that had been building up through Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes was finally relieved. Seeing the original deaths of Ray, Chris and Shaz was haunting and truly game-changing, and really made you feel a connection with the characters. However, for me, the shining moment was that final scene, where the writers confound expectations by sending Alex off to Heaven instead of waking her up, and Gene, now cast in his true role of an Angel-like 'guide', is left to his lonely, touching and heroic fate in purgatory as his friends leave for Heaven one-by-one. The juxtaposition between Gene's saint-like aura and Keat's devilish barking was fantastic. All together, an astonishing quasi-religious ending to a legendary, unique series.… Expand
May 3, 2013It’s not very often that the last season of TV series is its best but in my opinion Ashes to Ashes has saved its best until last, and I includude the two series of Life on Mars in that statement. Full of surprising twists and turns this provides a fittingly superb finale to one of the finest British drama series of all time and even those that were skeptical about Alex Drake, Sam Tyler’s replacement, will surely be one over by the end.… Expand