I’ve loved all I’ve needed to love, sordid details following
There are only four episodes to go of the amazing Ashes to Ashes, and I’m on the edge of my seat. Never before has a show drawn me in to this extent – I’ve found myself trolling forums and following fan groups on twitter, searching for answers. Who is Gene Hunt? What happened to Sam Tyler? Will Alex find her way home? [I hope not].
For those unfamiliar with the show, Ashes to Ashes is a sequel to the amazing Life on Mars – not the stupid American version that they showed on Channel 10, but the British original. Life on Mars told the story of Sam Tyler, played by John Simm, a police officer who was hit by a car, and woke up in 1973. In 2006, he was in a coma, but in 1973, he was working with the Manchester police, under the guidance of the one and only Gene Hunt [Philip Glenister].
Ashes to Ashes picks up some time after Life on Mars left off. It’s 2008, and Alex Drake, a police psychologist who has been studying Sam’s case has just been shot. She wakes up in 1981, and finds herself encountering some familiar characters. Sam has died [in fairly mysterious circumstances, it seems], and now DCI Hunt has relocated to London, with Ray and Chris, and Alex slots right in to their team at Fenchurch East.
The show has elements of science fiction, but can also be enjoyed as a straight-up cop show set in the 80s [policing was a little different back then]. It’s now the third and final series, and Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars are beginning to come together. In episode 3.5, due to air in the UK on Friday, we’re graced with the presence of DCI Litton [the brilliant Lee Ross – who will forever be Kenny from Press Gang to me].
If you enjoyed Life on Mars, but are afraid that Ashes to Ashes is a little far-fetched, a gratuitous spin-off: don’t be. I was wary at first, but Alex Drake is brilliant, and the series is by no means forced or tired. In fact, I’m now confident to say that it is better than the original. Fire up the Quattro!
Ashes to Ashes series 3 is currently airing in the UK. I assume it’ll reach the ABC sometime later this year.