Ashes To Ashes: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

“WHAT do you mean, she’s given up fighting?”

Alex Drake stares down the barrel at another bullet in episode three of Ashes To Ashes.

But this time it’s not Arthur Layton pulling the trigger.

Written by Nicole Taylor, next Monday’s story features Tony Hart, Morph plus Ray going all posh on us.

A transfer out of the Met for Gene.

And a teaser trailer for episode four which packs a shock for Galex fans.

In the aftermath of that return for a pregnant Jackie Queen, Gene surprises Alex and everyone else in a certain wine bar.

Last night’s second episode won its slot with 5.9m viewers – beating the final of ITV1’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Students of timelines may like to know that episode three takes place on and around May 18 1982.

Gene, Alex, Ray, Chris and Shaz are on the trail of anti-vivisectionists waging a war of terror.

Robin Elliot, played by the always classy David Bradley, is serving life for murder.

He has no contact with the outside world.

So how can he be organising a series of attacks, including bombings and shootings?

And how does he know so much about Alex?

Cue more spooky shiver down the spine stuff.

Early on there’s a simple exchange in CID.

It doesn’t have much significance in terms of the plot, but I liked it:

Alex: “Guv, can I have a word?”
Gene: “Luigi’s…”

Followed much later on by a moment to raise the blood pressure of all those fans hoping Gene will get a lot closer to Alex.

Other things to watch out for:

1. The return of the shadow of the noose.
2. Kevin Hales.
3. What time did Molly go to bed last night?
4. Gene’s reference to a famous Manchester store.
5. A piano.
6. “Darling, what is it?”
7. Dancing with the devil.
8. A nightmare moment in Alex’s kitchen.
9. Roses of a different colour.
10. The Best Man.

Music in episode three includes:

*Ashes To Ashes continues on BBC1 at 9pm next Monday.

Links – plus scroll down for more pics:

Ashes To Ashes Blogs

Ashes To Ashes 2: Marshall Lancaster & Montserrat Lombard

Ashes To Ashes 2: Philip Glenister

Life On Mars Blogs

Official Ashes To Ashes BBC Site

The Railway Arms Ashes and Mars Fansite

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8 responses to “Ashes To Ashes: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

  1. Gaelle

    Oh, Ian, thank you for the blog, but episode 2 (a fantastic episode with some outstanding acting, by the way) only just aired and I already wish we were next Monday!
    And how come everyone but Alex seems to know so much about her? I love the spooky thing they’re doing this series and can’t wait to see where this is going. The whole new “hearing news from 2008” aspect certainly is interesting, I just hope they’ll manage to keep it different enough from Life on Mars so that it doesn’t get too familiar. So far, so good🙂

  2. Skywise

    I don’t think my blood pressure will take much more raising! All this tension can’t be good for my health🙂
    Next week’s ep will have to go some to top this week’s. There was some outstanding work from Phil and Deano giving us glimpses into the depths of their characters not previously (in Ray’s case) suspected.
    Keeley and Marshall’s scenes together were also wonderful.
    Can’t wait for next week, but I’m warning Ashley and Matthew now, if I burst a blood vessel or have a stroke, it’ll be their fault LOL

  3. Donna Roberts

    Once again, thanks for the brilliant write-up, Ian.
    This series just keeps on getting better and better with each episode.
    I’m eagerly awaiting for the next episode!
    Kindest regards,
    D. Roberts

  4. Izzy D

    Thanks for this Ian! As always, you’ve managed to frustrate, intrigue and excite me in one go! I can’t wait for the Morph scene, it looked rather creepy in the preview!
    Equally, I want to see who this Elliot character is- I want to know if he’s actually part of the “bigger picture”, or simply a red herring. . . ?
    And, as *a bit of* a Galex nut, I’m already growing a little woozy of all the promises of upcoming Galex scenes in the next couple of episodes!😉

  5. RObert F

    Hope the morph bit is true!

  6. God help me. I live in Australia and have to wait god knows how long to see season 2. Give me more info, I can handle the spoilers. All these teasers, someone help me!!!

  7. Hi Ian and thanks for another fascinating teaser blog.
    I do get slightly nervous when a new writer enters the fray as there has been a tendency to overplay Gene, and his dialogue in particular, in previous eps. Hope it will be ok here.
    I really enjoyed Monday’s ep (even if the broadsheets didn’t!) and thought Philip and Keeley delivered two particularly outstading performances.
    Roll on Monday!

  8. Rebecca

    Hi Ian. Again great blog and great episode again on Monday. Keep up the great work and again looking forward to mondays episode

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