Ashes To Ashes: Difficult Territory

STEADY now, ladies.
Gene Hunt looks particularly windswept and interesting as he emerges from his red Audi Quattro this week.
Even better, The Guv has finally got Luigi to serve him a pint of beer.
Episode four of Ashes To Ashes is, in my humble opinion, the best yet.
To cut a long story short, it’s a tale of murder, spooks, feminists and that shock for Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes).
Gene (Philip Glenister) reckons murder is always about “money, sex or bloody women”.
Writer Mark Greig gives him some great lines, including one that should become standard issue against conspiracy theories.
There are poignant scenes as Alex goes back to her 1981 childhood home, filled with precious memories.

It echoes Sam’s return to his 1973 terrace in Life On Mars.
Freeze-frames should also be at the ready as we try and unravel the puzzle at the heart of this series.
Not forgetting the end credits trail for episode five.
I’ve watched this week’s episode four times so far. Some might think that a bit sad.
But, as ever, repeat viewing of Ashes To Ashes rewards with something new every time.
I’d also normally watch the episode again tomorrow night as it goes out “live”.
But after a long drive, I’ll be somewhere in the middle of Germany as windswept Gene deals with smoke and mirrors.
Still, where better to seek out an affordable 1981 Teutonic red Quattro…
Ashes To Ashes continues on BBC1 at 9pm tomorrow.
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“Money, sex or bloody women.”


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2 responses to “Ashes To Ashes: Difficult Territory

  1. valerie

    Last night I watched Ashes to Ashes for the first time, I really liked the show apart from the fact that Alex’s make-up kept on changing from scene to scene. She had on a deep blue eye shadow one minute and the next it had faded, then all of a sudden deep blue again. Did anyone else notice or is it a girlie thing ??

  2. I have to agree with you, Ian, that that was the best episode. Keeley Hawes seems far more relaxed in her role and Greig’s script sees Alex Drake in a far less annoying mode. I still have some reservations but on the whole it was very good TV.

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