Ashes To Ashes: Almost Here

THE Ashes To Ashes series two press pack has arrived.
Be warned…there are spoilers ahead.
So don’t read on unless you want to know.
Firstly the press pack reveals “the face from the past” which we were asked to keep quiet about.
Step forward Manchester newspaper reporter Jackie Queen, played by Ruth Millar.
She appeared alongside Gene Hunt in episode six of Life On Mars series one – the Manchester Gazette siege.
And will return to meet up again with Gene in episode four of the new Ashes series.
More than that, I cannot say…just yet.

My own cast interviews are still under embargo until nearer transmission next month.
But here’s just a short extract of what Philip Glenister has to say in the press pack:
“Alex (Keeley Hawes) becomes much more part of the team. But there is a police corruption theme running throughout the series so it does feel darker than series one; the corruption breeds a lack of trust and coherence which is unbalancing for everybody. However, viewers can still expect moments of high campness and there are some great one liners!
“I love the western connotation with Hunt; he is exactly like a Sheriff and sees himself very much in that guise.
“However, the problem is that he is out of his depth in the 80s metropolis of London and the bottom line is he is a 70s copper at heart.”
Keeley Hawes says:
“This series we get to see that Alex has calmed down a lot and has begun to settle into the 1980s environment. She now considers the people around her to be friends and because we have moved on a year, things aren’t quite so heightened for her.
“I’ve found Alex really interesting to play this series because the lines are blurring between what she thinks is real and what isn’t. She is now beginning to wonder whether the 2008 part of her life, including her daughter Molly, only ever existed in her head. It’s definitely been an interesting angle to explore rather than the story simply concentrating on her trying to get back to the present.”
Viewers are also introduced to an enigmatic stranger who is watching Alex and is trying to make contact with her in a mysterious manner.
“A strange man keeps leaving Alex roses which she initially thinks is another puzzle,” Keeley explains. “She starts to investigate further believing that if she solves the puzzle she may be able to go home. There are certainly lots of twists but I can’t give the game away!”
And a bit more from the pack intro:
“Series two kicks off in 1982 where leg warmers are cool, fluorescent is the colour of choice, Thatcher is in her element and bullish DCI Gene Hunt is back, policing the streets in his politically incorrect and loud mouthed style. Sassy Alex Drake, with whom Hunt shares a fiery working relationship, is by his side, desperately trying to keep him in line.
“Though no nearer to getting back to her daughter, Alex believes she is suspended in time and finally understands how the world around her works. But when she starts hearing news from the future, she realises nothing is as it seems. Clinging on to fast fading hope, she discovers she may not be alone in her predicament. A mysterious stranger who also seems to be stuck in 1982 is making Alex doubt that her current world is merely a figment of her imagination. Is he a friend who can help her get home or a foe who will destroy all she knows?
“And while Gene Hunt saved her younger self from the car bomb that killed her parents, can she ever trust him enough to share in her extraordinary scenario? As she struggles to stay alive long enough to find a way home, it appears she needs him more than ever before.
“Chris and Shaz couldn’t be happier. He’s still trying his best to be the perfect „feminist boyfriend and wants to take his relationship to the next level, but predictably Ray continues to tease him about his romantic gestures.
Ray is also struggling to contain his emotions about the Falklands War, blaming the Argies and throwing his weight fully behind Maggie Thatcher. However, more testing times lie ahead for the trio… “
And a word from producer Beth Willis:
“The new series moves in a slightly different direction and we’ve really enjoyed developing the characters and Alex’s journey further. Gene and Alex’s relationship is so complex; it is very sparky and they obviously care for each other in a begrudging manner so it’s interesting to see how this evolves. Ray and Chris are still by Gene’s side, but when force legend Detective Superintendent ‘Supermac’ Mackintosh (Roger Allam) starts working with the team it looks as if Gene’s equilibrium could be broken.”
4pm update: The full press pack, with pic of tolerant policing, is now online here.
The Sun today repeated recent incorrect reports that Philip Glenister is to quit after the latest series.
Just to clarify again – there is no question of him “quitting”.
Presuming it is green lit by the BBC, Phil plans to film a third series, which was always planned to be the final one.
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21 responses to “Ashes To Ashes: Almost Here

  1. Andy

    Hi Ian
    can’t wait for this……really can’t

  2. Fantastic!
    the anticipation is reaching fever-pitch now!
    thanks for the great updates, and GOOD LUCK to all the cast and crew! Can’t wait to see it!

  3. Maria

    Great News Ian .
    Thanks for the update .

  4. Alex

    Everything’s hinting at this season being awesome – comments about a slightly different direction, writers / producers doing it their way without compromises etc. I just hope they get a third series to tell the full story. I don’t think we’ll find out until the final credits roll on the last episode of series two, though….

  5. alex

    Has anyone got any idea whether series two will be in HD?

  6. Janet

    Thanks for the update Ian. I am very surprised that they’ve let that particular secret out of the bag quite so soon!

  7. Nynke

    Finally, something to satisfy a bit of our curiosity! Thanks, Ian!
    I take it there’s still no air date?

  8. Gaelle

    Thank you, Ian! (still can’t wait for your interviews!)
    Jackie Queen? Oooh, now that is going to be very interesting :p
    And nice tidbits, this second series looks so promising. It’s going to be very hard to stay calm and patient as the start date gets closer :p

  9. Ian Wylie

    Thanks to all for your comments. I really think this second series might be something special. There is a TX date but it is not yet confirmed and I am, sadly, not at liberty to reveal it at the moment.

  10. Rebecca

    Hi thanks Ian for the great info. I always read your blog as theres always great articles on shows that I love
    Shame about the transmission date not being confirmed yet but I know it will be revealed soon
    And as people have said Jackie Queen might cause a few sparks into the mix

  11. Janet

    Alex asks if S2 will be in HD. Sadly no – it’s shot on film to give it that certain period look.

  12. Ian Wylie

    There are some fab pics in the press pack, a version of which I presume will go online soon via the BBC Press site, so you can all see them. Particularly like Marshall in the group shot. That’s one cool plasterer from Macclesfield…

  13. gretchen

    Am jumping up and down in anticipation! (yes – I do look silly)
    (and I love that it’s shot on film)

  14. Alex

    Regarding HD – thanks for the info Janet. Life on Mars is out on blu-ray because it was shot on film, but BBC HD won’t show it because it’s not full or ‘pure’ HD as I understand it. So I hope A2A gets a blu-ray release at some point to show off the film footage in its full glory.
    This wait seems interminable. Isn’t it getting on for, or OVER a year since the end of series one?

  15. Rachael

    Wow, the second series sounds absolutely amazing! I’ve been a lurker here for ages, and would like to thank-you for your posts. This blog is like an oasis in a desert that is otherwise void of A2A related information.
    I’m away for ten days in April, and have a horrible feeling A2A will start while I’m not in the country. Still, I guess that’s what iplayer’s for!
    Thanks again!

  16. Izzy D

    Ai currumba! I’m so excited ahhhh! We do really need an air date though. . . just for me to keep sane!
    Thanks for the link to the press pack too Ian!

  17. Alex

    Oh wow! Thanks so much, Ian! My heart is positively thundering after reading all that!!
    Jackie Queen? Aha! Might it be Alex’s turn to be jealous for a change??

  18. Gaelle

    Thank you for the link, Ian!
    This is so exciting! Oh, the anticipation! This completely warrants an exclamation mark at the end of each sentence!
    It’s time like these we could use a TARDIS…(!)

  19. Emmie

    Thanks for this Ian!!
    Interesting that they mention that Alex will hear news filtering through. One of the things with the first series that was so telling was the lack of anything filtering through from 2008. (With LoM we had that constant, that we knew Sam was still somehow connected to the current world.) I think with Ashes first series, it really magnified Alex’s sense of dismay as to what was going on. It seems like now adding it in will do the same.
    can’t wait!

  20. daphne

    Delighted to hear that Jackie Queen is coming back. I loved her interaction with Philip in the hostage episode and it has always been one of my favourite ones as a result. I hope she doesn’t have to be seven years older though.
    I’d love to see her blow smoke into Gene’s face again!

  21. Samantha

    Yes! finaly ashes to ashes is coming back on, i cant belive it has been a year, it seems so long! i can definatly say i have missed watching it, i plan my week around. . . i simply cannot miss it!
    And news that philip glenister is not quiting! thanks the lord, me and my were so upset when we saw the article!
    Thanks x

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