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Ashes to Ashes: Series 1 (2008)



Critic Consensus: Its period setting and twisty plots help make Ashes to Ashes an enjoyable watch, even if its premise varies only slightly from its predecessor, Life on Mars.


Air date: Mar 7, 2009
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Season Info

"Ashes To Ashes" takes you back to 'the decade that taste forgot', the 1980's. The season revels in 80s nostalgia, providing plenty of sight jokes and of course, a brand new car for Hunt. DCI Hunt has left the relative comfort of the Greater Manchester Police to take on the 'southern nancys' of London, where he once again acquires a time-travelling sidekick, this time in the sexy and smart DI Alex Drake. Alex's journey began back in 2008 when she was shot during a botched kidnapping of her … More

Genre: Drama
Network: BBC
Created By: ,
Produced By: ,


Philip Glenister
Philip Glenister
as DCI Gene Hunt
Keeley Hawes
Keeley Hawes
as DI Alex Drake
Marshall Lancaster
Marshall Lancaster
as DC Chris Skelton
Dean Andrews
Dean Andrews
as DS Ray Carling
Montserrat Lombard
Montserrat Lombard
as WPC Sharon 'Shaz' Gr...
Amelia Bullmore
Amelia Bullmore
as Caroline Price
Geff Francis
Geff Francis
as Viv James
Andrew Clover
Andrew Clover
as The Clown
Grace Vance
Grace Vance
as Molly Drake
Dan Fredenburgh
Dan Fredenburgh
as Simon Neary
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Critic Reviews for Ashes to Ashes: Series 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

It's a heady time warp story, often cold and harrowing, but the tongue-in-cheek period-setting levels it out.

Full Review… | March 17, 2009
Philadelphia Weekly

The creators of Life on Mars, Mathew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, are still in top form.

Full Review… | March 12, 2009
IGN Movies

This may be the most pleasant surprise TV fans will get all year.

Full Review… | March 7, 2009

It's quite enjoyable.

Full Review… | March 7, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

By and large, Ashes seems to be following the standard sequel template--do what the original did, only just different enough that people can pretend what we're seeing is new.

Full Review… | March 7, 2009
AV Club
Top Critic

Ashes to Ashes doesn't sucker punch us with the inanities of political correctness, but nudges enough to make us wish that it were what we were all still fighting over.

Full Review… | February 7, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

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