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Eternal Law: Matthew Graham

Ukweli Roach (Tom), Samuel West (Zak), Orla Brady (Mrs Sheringham). Hattie Morahan (Hannah) and Tobias Menzie (Richard).

IT’S a television drama about angels who smoke and drink.

And has won the blessing of the Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

But Eternal Law co-creator Matthew Graham said church officials at York Minster made a special request about filming in the Gothic cathedral. Continue reading

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Ashes To Ashes: The Answers


IF The Railway Arms is Heaven, I’m staying away from lifts and taking the stairs from now on.

The emotional last ever episode of Ashes To Ashes appears to have had a powerful effect on the majority of the watching audience.

There have been lots of tears and sleepless nights as fans continue to digest the brilliance of those final 60 minutes.

So I’m guessing a few people may like to read the edited transcript of my interview with co-creator Matthew Graham, when he was able to talk freely for the first time about the Mars and Ashes Genieverse. Continue reading

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Ashes To Ashes: The End


DIXON Of Dock Green provided the black and white postscript to the last ever episode of Ashes To Ashes.

“So it was all sorted out in the end. And no bones broken, luckily,” said a reassuring PC George Dixon.

It was, after all, only a TV show. But a very special one.

Time for supper and then up those stairs to bed.

A fitting farewell for a drama many obsessed over, with online fan forum The Railway Arms going into meltdown after each episode was screened.

The final emotional hour revealed almost all about DCI Gene Hunt and his world but left just enough ambiguity to keep those web servers humming for some time to come.

If you’ve yet to see the Ashes’ farewell, which finished a few minutes ago, do NOT read any further.

I spoke at length to Ashes co-creator Matthew Graham earlier this week – the first interview he had given where he was able to speak freely about the secrets of Gene’s world and those who found themselves drawn into it.

Keeping a promise he made to me just over three years ago when we conducted a similar interview for use after the final episode of Life On Mars. Continue reading

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Ashes To Ashes: You Will Know


“THOSE two should either get a room or kill each other.”

It’s the morning after the night before. Alex is confused and Gene is angry.

The last ever episode of Ashes To Ashes is a real knockout from the opening minute.

Moving on to, among other things, Farringfield Green, a scarecrow, those video tapes and Wham!

Before we reach The End.

Gene Hunt promised “one hell of a last chapter” and he is a man of his word.

Written by co-creator Matthew Graham, it’s an epic farewell that packs a strong emotional punch. Continue reading

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Ashes To Ashes: Keeley Hawes Extras

Keeley Hawes as Alex Drake


IT’S one of my abiding memories of Ashes To Ashes.

The sound of Keeley Hawes’ laughter in the corridor leading to the set in a former London biscuit factory.

I interviewed Ms Hawes for ITV’s The Blonde Bombshell way back in 1999.

The first of several encounters including, of course, her time as Zoe Reynolds in Spooks. Continue reading

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Ashes To Ashes: I’ll Be Watching You

Daniel Mays as DCI Jim Keats


“AS a massive fan, it’s been great to be such an important part of it all.”

Daniel Mays arrives as DCI Jim Keats in the first episode of the final series of Ashes To Ashes this Friday night.

Will Gene Hunt’s (Philip Glenister) world ever be the same again?

I interviewed Danny on the Ashes set for a feature to be published in the MEN on Friday. Continue reading

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Ashes To Ashes 3: Exclusive First Look

Warning: Your brain may explode

ASHES To Ashes third and final series. Episode one.

Destined to be discussed long into the night once it’s screened.

Firstly, let me say yet again that I know just how lucky I am to be able to see episodes of Ashes in advance.

Plus interviewing the cast on set and elsewhere.

But mixed with the excitement of seeing episode one is a sadness that now there are just seven left to go. Continue reading

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