Ashes to Ashes

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 8

    Episode 8

    Aired 5/21/10

  • S 3 : Ep 7

    Episode 7

    Aired 5/14/10

  • S 3 : Ep 6

    Episode 6

    Aired 5/7/10

  • S 3 : Ep 5

    Episode 5

    Aired 4/30/10

  • S 3 : Ep 4

    Episode 4

    Aired 4/23/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • Philip Glenister

    DCI Gene Hunt

  • Keeley Hawes

    DI Alex Drake

  • Daniel Mays

    DCI Jim Keats

  • Dean Andrews

    DS/DI Ray Carling

  • Marshall Lancaster

    DC Chris Skelton

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  • Welcome to the Ashes to Ashes guide at TV.com. 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.moreless

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  • Quotes (68)

    • Markham: Firstly, Mr Hunt, you have absolutely no evidence. Secondly, and according to this senior female officer, mirabile dictu, you were deliberately looking for a— what was it?… yeah. Fatality outcome. Blowing my head off. Ipso facto, my case rests. Ray: That's crap. And some of it was in Klingon.

    • Gene [ referring to his computer ]: Don't pretend you know how to fly that thing. Alex: There's nothing on this hard drive but the time and date! Gene: Pong. We've got Pong.

    • Alex: It's July 1981. It's the year my mum and dad died. Gene: What of, confusion?

    • Gene [ to Alex ]: Blimey. If that skirt was hitched any higher, I could see what you had for breakfast.

    • Alex: If you choose a path of destruction driven by illogical pride and delusional self-importance, you'll enjoy a mere fleeting sense of power before being… being shot and killed. Ray: Is it me or are toms getting smarter?

    • Gene: Spot of lunch? Ray: Lunch. Alex: Lunch? It's going on six. Ray: Lunchtime!

    • Chris: Dystopia. I had that once. Couldn't eat solids for a week.

    • Alex: You know I've invented this world. Gene: I invented something once — the bruise free groin slap.

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    Notes (23)

    • Music featured in this episode: Vienna - Ultravox Careless Memories - Duran Duran Are 'Friends' Electric? - Tubeway Army Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie I'm In Love With A German Film Star - The Passions I Fought The Law - The Clash No More Heroes - The Stranglers Same Old Scene - Roxy Music

    • Music featured in this episode: Swords Of A Thousand Men - Tenpole Tudor The Prince - Madness Body Talk - Imagination Money - The Flying Lizards Fade To Grey - Visage Souvenir - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Geno - Dexys Midnight Runners (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thing - Heaven 17 I Hear You Now - Jon & Vangelis There, There My Dear - Dexys Midnight Runners Gertcha - Chas & Dave

    • Music featured in this episode: Staring At The Rudeboys - The Ruts It's Different For Girls - Joe Jackson Let's Stick Together - Bryan Ferry Over You - Roxy Music Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey - Modern Romance Planet Earth - Duran Duran Happy Birthday - Altered Images Autonomy - Buzzcocks The Doors Of Your Heart - The Beat

    • Music featured in this episode: To Cut A Long Story Short - Spandau Ballet Green Door - Shakin' Stevens Girls On Film - Duran Duran Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark London Calling - The Clash Love Action - The Human League Reward - The Teardrop Explodes Police And Thieves - The Clash

    • Music featured in this episode: One Step Beyond - Madness I Travel - Simple Minds Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)- XTC Turn To Red - Killing Joke I Feel Love - Donna Summer Love Magic - John Davis Don't You Want Me Baby - The Human League I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper - Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip Where Did Our Love Go? - Soft Cell

    • Music featured in this episode: Tainted Love - Soft Cell Into The Valley - The Skids Same Old Scene - Roxy Music Mirror In The Bathroom — The Beat Chant No. 1 — Spandau Ballet Kids In America - Kim Wilde Vienna - Ultravox Golden Brown - The Stranglers Ghosts - Japan

    • Music featured in this episode: Police On My Back - The Clash The Man With The Child In His Eyes - Kate Bush Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret — The Beat One Day In Your Life - Michael Jackson Fame - David Bowie Too Much Pressure - The Selecter Reunited - Peaches and Herb Dancing In the City - Marshall Hain

    • Music featured in the episode: 2-4-6-8 Motorway - Tom Robinson Band Ashes To Ashes - David Bowie Take The Long Way Home - Supertramp The Gay Pride demonstrators locked in the cells also sing a number of popular songs considered to be gay anthems: Sing If You're Glad To Be Gay - Tom Robinson Band YMCA - Village People In The Navy - Village People

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    Trivia (17)

    • Shaddap You Face: Chris Skelton (and others) sing "Shaddap You Face", a novelty hit by Joe Dolce that parodies Italian English, and which reached number 1 in the UK charts on 17 February 1981, 5 months before Alex Drake arrived in 1981.

    • The episode begins with Molly Drake reading out Sam Tyler's speech from the opening credits of Life on Mars.

    • Anachronism: As revealed in the next episode, Alex travels back to Monday, 20 July 1981. In the early part of this episode, the scene that establishes the timeline clearly shows a row of posters for the single "Prince Charming" by Adam and the Ants. This was not released until September 1981, with the album being released the following month.

    • The calendar wall chart created by Alex shows her date of arrival as Monday 20 July 1981; she implies that her parents will be killed in a car crash on Saturday 10 October 1981.

    • The Blitz: The Blitz was wine bar in Covent Garden, London, which served as the venue for a club night on Tuesdays in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Club nights were hosted by Steve Strange, with Rusty Egan as D.J. One of the regulars was George O'Dowd, later Boy George, who worked in the cloakroom and whom Alex thanks in this episode for taking her coat.

    • Visage: The band playing at the club that Alex and Danny Moore visit is Visage, who were performing their "new" single "Fade To Grey". The band was comprised of Steve Strange (appearing in cameo in this episode as the on-stage singer), Midge Ure, Billy Currie, John McGeogh, Rusty Egan and Dave Formula. The claim that this song is Visage's "new single" is an anachronism: "Fade To Grey" was released in November 1980, more than eight months before the setting of this episode.

      Sandrine Gouriou (miscredited here as Gourrou), seen in cameo as the keyboard player, joined a reformed Visage in 2005.

    • Goof: In the scene where Alex takes Marcus back to his parents' house, when Alex gets out of the car a satellite television dish can clearly be seen on the house over the road. Satellite TV did not become commercially available in the UK until 1989. The dish itself appears to be a Sky Digital minidish, which only became available in 1998.

    • Anachronism: The calendar in Alex's flat suggests that the events in this episode take place on and about 12 August 1981. One of the songs played in the club scene is "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League. This track was on the album Dare, which wasn't released until 20 October 1981. Originally considered by the band to be a "filler" track, it wasn't released as a single until 5 December 1981.

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    Allusions (19)

    • Ray: And some of it was in Klingon. Ray is referring to a language spoken by a race of beings in the Star Trek universe, first heard on-screen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

    • Alex: I'd like to get out of red before Chris de Burgh writes a song about me. Alex is talking about Chris de Burgh's song, Lady in Red, released in 1986, five years after this episode is set.

    • Pierrot clown: The Pierrot clown that appears throughout this series is also seen on the cover and promotional video for David Bowie's 1980 single "Ashes To Ashes".

    • For Your Eyes Only: The scene where Alex Drake first meets Gene Hunt has a shot framing Hunt between Alex's legs. This is a reference to the promotional poster for the 1981 James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only. The poster is seen later on the wall of Hunt's office.

    • Danny Moore: You're an enigma wrapped in a riddle, Alex. Moore is misquoting a line from Winston Churchill's 1 October 1939 radio broadcast in which he called Russia a "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."

    • Gene Hunt: Well, thank goodness you found us this ideal little hiding place, eh, Julian! All we need do now is wait for Timmy the bloody dog to raise the alarm! Julian and Timmy the dog are two of the Famous Five, characters in a series of books written by Enid Blyton.

    • Gene Hunt: What if Denis Thatcher's the Fifth Man? The Fifth Man refers to the then unidentified fifth member of the Cambridge Spy Ring, a group of Englishmen who spied for the Soviet Union. Denis Thatcher was the husband of Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister at the time.

    • Gene: Look at us — tinker, tailor, soldier, twat! This references the 1974 John le Carré espionage thriller, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

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  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • Addicted.

    By kikkapi, Aug 31, 2014

  • A great cop show

    By starwars1234, May 04, 2013

  • Stick with it.

    By Spadassinicide, May 10, 2009

  • As a standalone, separate from LoM, it holds it's own very well, gradually getting better, cumulating in a truly excellent third series, however, put the two shows together...

    By joneswe01, May 17, 2010

  • forget this unoriginal retread, watch the original and be done with it.

    By aihyah, Jun 21, 2008

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