Ashes to Ashes

BBC (ended 2010)



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Ashes to Ashes
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Welcome to the Ashes to Ashes guide at 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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    • Started Out Great But Lost It For Me in the 3rd Season

      OK it's taken me a wee while to write this. Had to watch it a couple of time with audio description to get my head around it. But here goes.

      I first saw LoM when I was still living in Australia. I've since seen A2A. At first I thought I wouldn't get into it. I felt like it was just a rehash of LoM. But I absolutely fell in love with the 1st season. I loved how Gene Hunt was developed and I actually enjoyed seeing a rough but kind side to him. I enjoyed seeing him and Alex getting close emotionally. I saw that in season 2. I loved the plot lines that were developed in these 1st 2 seasons. I loved how Alex faced her past and realised that you can't change the past, but you can come to terms with it. That was awesome for me. I loved, loved, loved the 1st 2 seasons of the show. In my opinion it should've ended there, perhaps with a take-home message that Sam Tylor died because he went back to the past, and you can't go back to the past.

      But season 3 really lost it for me. I personally think it was unnecessary and the plot was very lame. Jim Keets was a completely smarm and I took an instant dislike to him. To me he was just so full of his own importance. To me all season 3 was, was everyone at each other's throats, the deliberate disintegration of good, well developed characters that had been so well developed during the 1st 2 seasons. From where I sit, they couldn't even stick to plot lines that had been developed in the earlier 2 seasons. They took the story on a completely unnecessary and lame angle, and I feel it was just a ploy to get more ratings.

      The saddest thing I felt in season 3 was how the values of love, loyalty and comradeship was just completely thrown out the window through the character of Jim Keets who came in and deliberately ate away at the team's cohesion.

      I think it's sad that our society considers that sort of thing valuable. I felt very disappointed by the last season and choose never to watch that season again. I feel sad that good characters were undermined and teams were split up. Even the fact that Gene and Alex went their separate ways instead of banding together, all in the name of "good drama", and that Mr Smarm Charm Keets had the final victory in breaking the cohesion, to me shows a sad reflection on our modern society and the lack of values that we have today. It was the 3rd season that dropped the score for me. 4 or 5 stars for the 1st 2 seasons though. It just ruined the whole thing for me.moreless
    • Addicted.

      So i wonder that if as a girl I was predisposed to like Ashes to Ashes more than Life on Mars. I will grant that the original, is just that, the original, and so in a way it's the better. More original, more groundbreaking. But personally I love Ashes to Ashes more. Keeley Hawes took an episode or two to really gel with what was going on, but I think it really works now, and I feel for the character. She's trying to get back to her little girl, you know she can't just stay in the past... and to also try and save her parents. It's interesting, I want to know what's going to happen. And then there's Philip Glenister, who is always a good actor, but whose role as DCI Gene Hunt is a role he'll FOREVER be known as... and good reason. He's a man's man, funny, gritty, and in this series, occasionally vulnerable. Some don't like the way he is in this show, but I think it works. And the chemistry between Hunt and Drake really works, and it's interesting. I adore them. Finally maybe I like this because I love 80s music, and if you like that, this is a great series for you. It has a great soundtrack.moreless
    • A great cop show

      A Terrific show but life on mars is better
    • Stick with it.

      At first, Ashes to Ashes is both disappointing and vexing. The 80s milieu isn't particularly effective as a gone time captured and bottled to serve as a fantasy world, the characters all seem somehow less spirited (perhaps it's just the zeitgeist), and little respect is paid to the memory of DCI Sam Tyler (the twice-dead protagonist of the show's progenitor Life on Mars). However, the show picks up in a big way around half way through season 1 - the episodic plots become a lot more entertaining and the mystery surrounding the death of DI Alexandra Drake's parents starts to take shape. It never matches the charm of Life on Mars, but as far as spin-offs go, it's actually pretty damn good.moreless
    • 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...

      When this show started it's first series, it had a great deal to live up to, following in the footsteps of, what I think was, the greatest show of the past decade. Unfortunately, this was incredibly noticeable throughout the first few episodes of the show. It felt like a shallow retread that couldn't really escape it's predecessors huge shadow. However I am pleased to say that it improved as it went on and the first series finale was genuinely exciting and,though still not matching anything that LoM produced, definitely left me wanting more. And wow. How glad I am that I stuck with it. After a much better second series, we are now one episode away from the end of it all and I feel genuinely privileged to have grown up with these two shows. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be given to the writers is that A2A no longer feels like a spin off, and instead of us currently being in series 3 of a show, we are actually in series 5 of an epic experience spanning 5 years and 2 shows. Going in to the final episode it feels completely right, as though this was the plan right from the very first episode of LoM and we have been following one intricate plot line all the way through.

      These two shows separately are excellent, but put them together, seeing the whole story unfold as one, I feel quite certain in saying that A2A, along with LoM has possibly been the greatest 40 hours (5, 8 episode series) of television I have ever seen. Do not miss it.moreless

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