Ashes To Ashes: Don’t Be Distracted

THE former Sheriff of Manchester looks the part in episode three of Ashes To Ashes.
Gene Hunt does his best Clint Eastwood impression as the 1981 team go undercover at a fancy dress party.
As I’ve said before, it doesn’t do to get ahead of ourselves.
Episode three isn’t on screen until a week on Thursday.
But I thought you might like to see these newly released photos from the episode – with Ray as James Bond and Chris as Superman / Clark Kent.
Before that, there’s a dynamite episode of Ashes this week, with Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) right on cue.
If anything, it’s better than last week’s opener with a story set around the Docklands development in east London.
There’s also that marvellous Blitz Club sequence, including Steve Strange singing Fade To Grey.
Plus more clues about what may be happening to Alex (Keeley Hawes).
That scary clown still appears to symbolise death, telling DI Drake: “We are waiting for you, Alex.”

And what’s the significance of the flashback involving the schoolgirl Alex and her lawyer mum Caroline Price (Amelia Bullmore)?

It’s the day of the royal wedding involving Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer – but young Alex is left behind at school.
“Make sure she concentrates,” her mother tells an unseen character. “She’s easily distracted.”
Then there’s a scene where the camera lingers on Gene’s face for longer than most other TV dramas would dare.
Just what is he thinking? Can he really make a difference?
The music tracks are, again, very well chosen, including an evocative song which you can check out at the bottom of this blog.
Have you also noticed the number plate on Gene’s red Audi Quattro – JLY 75IV?
If you add the 75 to the I and then the V, it can be read: July 1981…the month Alex arrived in Gene’s world.

Here are 10 more things to watch out for in episode two on BBC1 at 9pm on Thursday:
1. David Dimbleby’s message for Alex.
2. Moxey from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
3. The name of the docklands pub.
4. The return of a favourite biscuit.
5. Supermarket Nostalgia.
6. Gene’s Big Break.
7. The date on which Alex’s parents were killed in a car bomb.
8. An archive newspaper ad for Operation Drake.
9. The cloakroom attendant at The Blitz Club.
10. A blue moon near Finsbury Square.
There’s plenty to look forward to later in the series.
As Phil told today’s Chris Moyles Show on Radio One: “It’s got some great twists coming up.”
*As it happens, I was lucky enough to be the MEN’s lead reporter inside St Paul’s Cathedral for the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981.
The press positions were surprisingly close to the couple as they tied the knot, nearer than almost everybody aside from the two families and the officiating clergy.
And, sadly, I was again close by inside Westminster Abbey for Diana’s funeral just over 16 years later.
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