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.
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"Ashes To Ashes" takes you back to 'the decade that taste forgot', the 1980s. The series revels in 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 daughter… More
as DCI Gene Hunt
as DI Alex Drake
as DC Chris Skelton
as DS Ray Carling
as WPC Sharon 'Shaz' Gr...
as Caroline Price
as Evan White
as Viv James
as The Clown
as Molly Drake
as Simon Neary
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It's a heady time warp story, often cold and harrowing, but the tongue-in-cheek period-setting levels it out.
The creators of Life on Mars, Mathew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, are still in top form.
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.