Very much looking forward to the premiere of the third and final series of Ashes to Ashes – season 3 – beginning tonight at 9pm on BBC1. I loved both the first and second series. I don’t have much time for cop dramas generally – but love the recreation and depiction of 1980s London. So memorable (for me).
I think Phil Glenister (who plays the ‘Gene Genie’) and Keeley Hawes who plays DI Alex Drake are both great. And in this final series, the link with Life on Mars will finally be made. Will be interesting to see how the series ends.
Ashes to Ashes
Friday 02 April
9:00pm – 10:00pm
“My name is Alex Drake, and quite frankly your guess is as good as mine,” says the cheeky little intro as the third and final series of the rompy time-travel cop show begins. It’s doubtless a quirky nod to the exhausting internet dweebs who spend more time than is healthy parsing every scene of “A2A” and its parent Life on Mars for meaning and significance. They’ll have a ball tonight, as the most self-referential drama on television (discuss) has a whale of a time directing knowing little winks towards its history. Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes’ Wizard of Oz motif in particular is dangled before us – a little girl called Dorothy goes missing! Alex is wearing red shoes! But never mind all that, we want to see that magnificent man-beast Gene Hunt (the incomparable Philip Glenister) and here he is in all his glory, roaring across the screen in his Audi Quattro as Ride of the Valkyries shrieks on the soundtrack. At the end of the last series Gene accidentally shot Drake (Keeley Hawes) and as we return it appears that she’s back home again…