TV Ashes To Ashes (BBC-1 2008, Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes) Published 3 years ago on May 20, 2016 Time travel meets the crime drama series in Ashes to Ashes and sequel to Life on Mars. It’s 2008 and Detective Inspector Alex Drake has her head full of Sam Tyler after reading his case notes about being stuck in a very real 1973 whilst languishing in a coma. When she is shot during a seige crisis she too finds herself back in a past of her own making, this time it is 1981 and she is a DI in London working closely with Gene Hunt and his crew, who have transferred from Manchester down to the Met. Unlike Sam, Alex is fully aware of her predicament and at times revels in it although this also means that the series can often be too knowing about its own history. Not as good as Life on Mars (but lets face it not much could be) but still a very strong and entertaining series in it’s own right. Guest stars appearing in the first series included Steve Strange, Roger De Courcey and Nookie Bear, Zippy and George from Rainbow, Geoffrey Palmer, Christopher Fairbank, Rupert Graves, Matthew Macfadyen and Phil Davis. The third season moves us on to 1983 and creators Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah worked hard to bring together the strands of both this show and Life on Mars, it appears that there is a reason involving the death of Sam Tyler that has left Alex back in the past. The final episode ties things up completely for both series with the revelation (look away now if you don’t want to know) that the world of Gene Hunt and Co is a kind of spiritual limbo for coppers who have uneasy deaths and that Gene himself is kind of a gatekeeper for those souls; the series ends with Gene Hunt walking back into the office only to be faced with another cop from our time. production details UK / BBC1-Kudos-Monastic / 24×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 7 February 2008 – 21 May 2010 Creators: Matthew Graham, Ashley Pharoah / Producer: Beth Willis / Executive Producers: Jane Featherstone (for Kudos), Simon Crawford Collins (for Kudos) and Matthew Graham (for Monastic Productions) cast PHILIP GLENISTER as Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt KEELEY HAWES as Detective Inspector Alex Drake DEAN ANDREWS as Detective Sergeant Ray Carling MARSHALL LANCASTER as Detective Constable Chris Skelton MONTSERRAT LOMBARD as WPC Sharon “Shaz” Granger DANIEL MAYS as Jim Keats (Season Three) AMELIA BULLMORE as Caroline Price STEPHEN CAMPBELL MOORE as Evan White GEFF FRANCIS as PC Viv James GRACE VANCE as Molly Drake SEAN HARRIS as Arthur Layton JOSEPH LONG as Luigi ANDREW CLOVER as The Clown THE EPISODES SEASON THREE 5. EPISODE FIVE Amelia BullmoreAshes To AshesAshley PharoahBBCCult TVDaniel MaysDean AndrewsJane FeatherstoneKeeley HawesLife On MarsMarshall LancasterMatthew GrahamMontserrat LombardPhilip GlenisterTelefantasyTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes9 hours ago Chronicle Mysteries: The Wrong Man (Hallmark Sun 24 Feb 2019, Alison Sweeney) Podcaster Alex McPherson seeks the truth behind the tragic death of a young lawyer, while partner Drew finds himself diving... Episodes9 hours ago The Zoo: The Marvelous Mott Mott (Season 3 Premieres 24 Feb 2019 on Animal Planet) The Marvelous Mott Mott: Animal Planet’s THE ZOO goes behind the scenes at the world-famous Bronx Zoo for a third... Episodes9 hours ago SMILF: Single Mom In Love Forever (S2EP5 Showtime Sun 24 Feb 2019) Single Mom In Love Forever: In 2014, Bridgette and Rafi prepare for the realities of parenthood as Bridgette experiences contractions,... 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