Ashes to Ashes

Wednesday 10th September at 9.30pm

When a dead body is discovered at a warehouse, DCI Gene Hunt is quick to dismiss the death of Martin Kennedy as suicide. However, with signs of a struggle and a massive blow to the head, the CID team finds itself involved in a murder investigation.

Feisty DI Alex Drake soon uncovers an intriguing piece of evidence: a piece of paper with a code.

The investigation leads the team to a feminist socialist group, the Revolutionary Workers Front (RWF). It’s not long before Gene has every woman involved in the group carted down to the station. Chris, meanwhile, tries to impress Shaz with his new-found feminist knowledge and Ray is off on a date with a blonde communist.

It seems that Kennedy had been stealing information about a nuclear weapons programme, ARTIMIS, from a secret Government facility called Edgehampton, and supplying them to the leader of the RWF.

A fake security pass gets Gene and Alex inside Edgehampton. A close shave with security leaves them locked inside a vault with no light or fresh air and the temperature rising.

As Gene and Alex face up to the reality of their situation, their undeniable chemistry threatens to boil over.

Wednesday 3rd September at 9.30pm

When a dead body is discovered at a warehouse, DCI Gene Hunt is quick to dismiss the death of Martin Kennedy as suicide. However, with signs of a struggle and a massive blow to the head, the CID team finds itself involved in a murder investigation.

Feisty DI Alex Drake soon uncovers an intriguing piece of evidence: a piece of paper with a code.

The investigation leads the team to a feminist socialist group, the Revolutionary Workers Front (RWF). It’s not long before Gene has every woman involved in the group carted down to the station. Chris, meanwhile, tries to impress Shaz with his new-found feminist knowledge and Ray is off on a date with a blonde communist.

It seems that Kennedy had been stealing information about a nuclear weapons programme, ARTIMIS, from a secret Government facility called Edgehampton, and supplying them to the leader of the RWF.

A fake security pass gets Gene and Alex inside Edgehampton. A close shave with security leaves them locked inside a vault with no light or fresh air and the temperature rising.

As Gene and Alex face up to the reality of their situation, their undeniable chemistry threatens to boil over.

Wednesday 27th August at 9.30pm

It’s the week of the Royal Wedding and the streets are buzzing with excitement. Alex has mixed emotions of the day. She was eight years old at the time and remembers she was left alone at boarding school to watch the event on television. Her mother is also on her mind as she appears on the television, embroiled in a high-profile legal case with the Met. Being a fighter and an optimist, Alex is determined not to let her memories get her down, and enters into the spirit of things.

Gene, by contrast, is on edge. He wants to keep the streets quiet for Lady Di’s wedding – so when a protesting family threatens to disturb the peace, he races onto the scene. The Bonds are being forced out of their pub due to the redevelopment of the Docklands and have barricaded themselves in as a protest. Gene sympathises with their cause, but persuades them to keep quiet until Charles and Diana have tied the knot.

No sooner is that fire put out, than another one starts. News comes in of a bomb on CID’s patch. An unlucky dog has been blown up, and now there’s a note saying that the next bomb will target the developer, Danny Moore. Danny is a Thatcherite whose charm provides a pleasant distraction for Alex, for whom the bomb scares have been painful reminders of how her parents were killed. She is desperate to forget everything and Danny provides the perfect escapism. But with a potential bomber on the loose, Gene needs Alex to focus on the task in hand.

Wednesday 27th August at 9.30pm

It’s the week of the Royal Wedding and the streets are buzzing with excitement. Alex has mixed emotions of the day. She was eight years old at the time and remembers she was left alone at boarding school to watch the event on television. Her mother is also on her mind as she appears on the television, embroiled in a high-profile legal case with the Met. Being a fighter and an optimist, Alex is determined not to let her memories get her down, and enters into the spirit of things.

Gene, by contrast, is on edge. He wants to keep the streets quiet for Lady Di’s wedding – so when a protesting family threatens to disturb the peace, he races onto the scene. The Bonds are being forced out of their pub due to the redevelopment of the Docklands and have barricaded themselves in as a protest. Gene sympathises with their cause, but persuades them to keep quiet until Charles and Diana have tied the knot.

No sooner is that fire put out, than another one starts. News comes in of a bomb on CID’s patch. An unlucky dog has been blown up, and now there’s a note saying that the next bomb will target the developer, Danny Moore. Danny is a Thatcherite whose charm provides a pleasant distraction for Alex, for whom the bomb scares have been painful reminders of how her parents were killed. She is desperate to forget everything and Danny provides the perfect escapism. But with a potential bomber on the loose, Gene needs Alex to focus on the task in hand.

It’s the week of the Royal Wedding and the streets are buzzing with excitement. Alex has mixed emotions of the day. She was eight years old at the time and remembers she was left alone at boarding school to watch the event on television. Her mother is also on her mind as she appears on the television, embroiled in a high-profile legal case with the Met.

Gene is on edge. He wants to keep the streets quiet for Lady Di’s wedding or as he puts it in his own inimitable way “There will be no hiccups between now and the twanging of the royal hymen” – so when a protesting family threatens to disturb the peace, he races onto the scene. The Bonds are being forced out of their pub due to the redevelopment of the Docklands and have barricaded themselves in as a protest. Gene sympathises with their cause, but persuades them to keep quiet until Charles and Diana have tied the knot.

No sooner is that fire put out, than another one starts. News comes in of a bomb on CID’s patch. An unlucky dog has been blown up, and now there’s a note saying that the next bomb will target the developer, Danny Moore. Danny is a Thatcherite whose charm provides a pleasant distraction for Alex, for whom the bomb scares have been painful reminders of how her parents were killed. She is desperate to forget everything and Danny provides the perfect escapism. But with a potential bomber on the loose, Gene needs Alex to focus on the task in hand.

ASHES TO ASHES, Wednesday 13th August at 9.30pm

Wednesday 13th August at 9.30pm

Ashes to Ashes is the thrilling sequel to Life on Mars – forget the 1970’s, Thatcher’s Britain is the place to be. Don your leg-warmers and dust off your LP of ‘Tainted Love’ – the 80’s is the decade du jour.
Episode One
When DI Alex Drake is shot and lands in 1981, she comes face-to-face with DCI Gene Hunt, the relic of old-fashioned policing she read about in Sam Tyler’s reports. Alex thinks she is in a coma and needs Hunt’s help to go after Layton, the man who shot her in 2008. She is confident she knows the rules of the game, but with no contact from the outside world Alex has to contend with a terrifying possibility.