Ashes to Ashes: Series 1 (2008)

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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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Episodes

1
Air date: Mar 7, 2009
2
Air date: Mar 14, 2009
3
Air date: Mar 21, 2009
4
Air date: Mar 28, 2009
5
Air date: Apr 4, 2009
6
Air date: Apr 11, 2009
7
Air date: Apr 18, 2009
8
Air date: Apr 25, 2009

Tv Season Info

"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 Molly. Her psychology background and in-depth knowledge of the Sam Tyler case lead her to dismiss her predicament as a vivid hallucination. Nevertheless, with crime rife on the streets of 1980s London, and a police team that's not very receptive to modern career women, Alex has a lot to prove before she can figure out how to get home.

Cast

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

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

Ashes to Ashes gets trickier - and, in many ways, more entertaining - than its predecessor.

Feb 7, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Mar 17, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

Mar 7, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

Mar 12, 2009 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

It successfully meshes poignant moments and subtle humor by combining the realities of 1980s British politics with the colorful glam culture the decade was known for.

Feb 7, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 7, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's quite enjoyable.

Mar 7, 2009 | Full Review…

The failure of Ashes to live up to the modest potential of Mars is a real shame.

Feb 7, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Ashes lacks genuine spark - suffering from a slightly ironic been-there, seen-that quality.

Feb 7, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Ashes to Ashes may not be moving in the direction all viewers will like, but at least it's moving.

Feb 7, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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