Ashes To Ashes: Into The Fire

Dean Andrews as Ray Carling

GOD is in the detail.

The eve of the 1983 General Election and an arsonist is on the loose in London.

Could “the great handbag” herself be a target?

Mrs Thatcher takes on Michael Foot all over again in the wake of the Falklands War for Ashes To Ashes final series episode three.

As DI Ray Carling (Dean Andrews) walks into the fire.

Still dazzled by Montserrat Lombard’s performance as Shaz in last week’s visit to Fenchurch East?

Well, there’s another treat in store as Ray takes centre stage.

A slow burning acting tour de force from Dean as we finally find out more about the man with the curly hair and tache.

Written by Julie Rutterford, episode three edges closer to what is to come later in the series.

As DI Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes) tells DCI Jim Keats (Daniel Mays): “The bigger picture’s your bag, sir. We’re just trying to find an arsonist.”

While Shaz informs Alex: “Ma’am, Manchester’s been on…”

A flaming hot, smoke-filled hour which needs, as usual, to be watched a number of times to catch all the possible clues.

Including some fascinating framing of Keats on screen, which begs the use of the pause button.

And more intriguing use of certain words and phrases.

Is any of that significant? Who can say?

But we should know by now that God is, indeed, in the detail.

The heat is on

Things to look out for in episode three include:

1. Chains.
2. A flower.
3. One’s Company.
4. Another kiss.
5. A town in Lancashire.
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7. More stars.
8. A bell.
9. The Sound of Music.
10. 27677.

*Ashes To Ashes final series episode three is on BBC1 at 9pm on Friday.

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