Ashes To Ashes: Not Bad For A Posh Bird

WHEN the TV awards are handed out next year, two names should be at the head of the list.
Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes have brought Gene Hunt and Alex Drake alive on screen.
Which is quite an achievement when you step back and consider the basic premise of Ashes To Ashes.
The relationship between Gene and Alex ranges from exasperation to genuine affection and love.
No more so than in this week’s series finale.
If you haven’t done so already, you can read my preview of the final episode here.
Regular readers will know of my admiration for Keeley Hawes’ acting.

And of my view that certain myopic critics have behaved disgracefully.
But don’t take my word for it.
Read the latest blog entry here from the always excellent Dean Andrews, who plays Ray Carling – “borrowed” by Alex this week for a special mission.
Aside from defending Keeley, he also points out that Ashes is a brilliant piece of television thanks to a total team effort.

I’ve now been lucky enough to watch episode eight a total of three times – and I’m more impressed on each repeat viewing.
Not just with the superb performances on screen from all concerned.
Or the marvellous script from Ashley Pharoah, which manages to encompass both sea scallops with pineapple rings and a quote from Henry David Thoreau.
As with Life On Mars, there’s so much to enjoy in Ashes.
That includes the production, direction, lighting, costume, art work, props, stunts, make-up, titles and music – both original score plus choice of individual tracks.
On the third viewing of the first series finale I suddenly spotted a clue as to how Alex’s story may eventually conclude.
Or it may have nothing at all to do with it. That’s all part of the spell weaved by this show.
As is the way with TV drama, it appears the scene in this last episode which was due to feature Gene singing has not made the final edit.
But Ray’s musical moment survives.
The closing minutes on Thursday leave you with a warm glow and simply demand a second series.
Life On Mars reached out of the television screen to touch the hearts of viewers.
And while a different show, Ashes To Ashes has – against all the odds – done the same.
You want TV with soul? Gene Hunt will give you soul.
Scroll down the page for more links.
David Bowie: Ashes To Ashes

Dean Andrews Official Website
Philip Glenister Official Website
Keeley Hawes Fansite
Henry David Thoreau
Ashes To Ashes: The Land Of The Living
Ashes To Ashes Blogs
Ashes To Ashes TV Features
Life On Mars Blogs
The Railway Arms Ashes and Mars Fansite


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10 responses to “Ashes To Ashes: Not Bad For A Posh Bird

  1. Jennifer L Kettlewell

    Again, Ian – you have me completely enthralled. You put into words the feeling of a legion of Ashes supporters.
    I don’t think I’ll be able to contain myself for the finale – I’ll be heartbroken to know that Keeley and Philip won’t be on my screen again for a year…
    Long live Ashes to Ashes.

  2. Alexandra Slater

    Ian, you’ve done it again! How on earth are we to bear the long wait until Thursday after such a glowing write up? I’m on absolute tenterhooks! Gene and Alex forever!!

  3. Gaelle

    I’ve now been lucky enough to watch episode eight a total of three times
    Now that’s just taunting :p
    I cannot wait to see this episode, but it’s really sad that it’s ending already! The rollercoaster ride was really worth it. I’m glad I decided to stick with the show, and I’ll certainly miss it while waiting for a second series! (please?)
    (I really enjoyed reading your articles, by the way – teasing but not really spoiling, that’s just the way it should be🙂 )

  4. Rachel

    Great article. I can barely wait for the next episode, but I don’t know how long I’ll be able to last waiting for the possible next series without going crazy.
    Will there be any chance of hearing the Guv singing on the DVD?

  5. Jen Z.

    You must be really in tune with all us fangirls and boys… us little bits and bobs to chew on while we anticipate the coming episode. I love this show so much, I haven’t gotten so overly involved with a show in a really long time, it is so much fun to escape to! I’ll be sad when it’s over, but we have 2009 to look forward to! 🙂 God, I hope the writers don’t drag out this Gene/Alex thing too far, there is only so much of Gene’s poor puppy-dog eyes that I can handle, he is breaking my heart!

  6. Ashley

    Hi Ian
    Thanks for the kind words and your endless support. I agree with you about the actors, they are brilliant. How a man who was at the top of his game in both LOM and CRANFORD doesn’t get a BAFTA nomination is beyond me. As for Keeley… I think she’s been magnificent in a very complex role. Some of the comments have been cruel and some, I suspect, misogynistic. Ah well. Six million people can’t be wrong! Anyway, see you in 1982!

  7. Janet

    Agree with every word that Ashley has said, not only should the critics who slated Keeley be hanging their heads in shame, but so should the BAFTA panel too.

  8. Sasha Loncar

    Ashley? as The Ashley Pharoah? So does this means what I think it means…sorry for this rambling, pure excitement….So we ARE GOING TO HAVE a Second serial? Is it official now?

  9. Viv

    Ian, thank you so much for your wonderful blogs. I’ve loved every second of this brilliant series, and no matter what else I read on the internet, it’s always your articles that whip me up into an absolute frenzy of anticipation by the weekend before airing. This makes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sheer hell (but I can’t exactly knock you for it!)
    You always give just enough to tease, but not so much that it spoils, which is more than can be said for other sites!
    I’ll be missing Ashes dreadfully after Thursday, and missing your Ashes-related entries until production of the second series kicks off. But I’m definitely looking forward to all those future posts of yours in 2009.

  10. MariaFitz

    lordy lordy…Here we are again..Still No Official Annoucment…and Ashley saying see you in 1982…
    Thanks Ian for your blogs they have kept this girl going between the eposides…Roll on 2009/1982!

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