JUST back from a day of interviews on the set of Ashes To Ashes.
All of the material has to be held until nearer the start of the eight-part BBC1 series next spring.
But I can say that the cast were on fine form as they filmed scenes in the new London CID office.
That included Philip Glenister (DCI Gene Hunt), Keeley Hawes (DI Alex Drake), Dean Andrews (DS Ray Carling), Marshall Lancaster (DC Chris Skelton) and Montserrat Lombard (WPC Shaz Granger).
They are currently shooting episodes five and six, while this afternoon saw the read through of the scripts for episodes seven and eight.
We also spoke to writers and creators Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, plus producer Beth Willis and costume designer Rosie Hackett.
It’s clear from talking to all those involved that Ashes To Ashes is going to be far more than simply a Life On Mars spin-off.
There’s genuine excitement on set and a feeling that this project has turned out even better than anyone dared hope.
Although John Simm is not involved, viewers will find out more about Sam’s fate.
And we will also see how Gene copes with life in 1981.
Matthew has already said: “If we can get a couple of series of Ashes To Ashes under our belt, we can unravel a really big mystery about Gene Hunt that wasn’t relevant to Life On Mars.”
What can it all mean?
There’s so much to report – but not just yet.
In the meantime, Matthew was kind enough to record a short message for fans counting down the days to the start of the new series.
Click below to listen.
Matthew Graham Audio File
Life On Mars Blogs
Ashes To Ashes: David Bowie (Wikipedia)
Ashes To Ashes: The David Bowie Video (YouTube)
The Railway Arms