Ashes To Ashes: Moving Closer

Daniel Mays as Jim Keats

“EVERYTHING has a pattern and a pattern to everything.

“Find the connections. Find a way out of this.”

Alex’s notepad is back in Ashes To Ashes final series episode four.

Along with even more clues to the bigger picture as we reach the halfway stage of this epic farewell.

First a declaration. I’ve already seen the episode after this one and my brain is still racing.

There will, no doubt, be photos in tomorrow’s newspapers and magazines and I fear some may, yet again, ruin the surprises in store.

As certain sections of the press did with part of episode four.

Episode five is a stunner. One of the very best yet.

But let’s take one week at a time, shall we?

And having said all that, this week’s visit to Fenchurch East is a pretty damn fine piece of television in itself.

With a particularly witty script by Jack Lothian and a cast doing it full justice.

Chris, Alex and Ray: The Three Trousers

To save your freeze frame button, this is what Alex has written down on her page so far:





Students of Gene Hunt and Jim Keats will find plenty to occupy themselves with this week.

Including one of *those* images of the The Guv looking out from his office.

Plus what seems to be a significant moment for DCI Keats, which may have you unearthing your series two DVD box set.

The story of the week concerns undercover cop Louise Gardiner (Zoe Telford), who is investigating father and son villains Terry (Peter Guiness) and Daniel Stafford (Bryan Dick).

Louise’s arrival in CID sparks the interest of both Chris and Ray, with Shaz keeping a watchful eye as she takes further steps towards that promised promotion.

There’s a message for Alex from a drug addict called Shorty, played by Manchester-born actor Ryan Pope.

Along with some dawn flirting in the kitchen, one person facing the end of their career and two or three moments of the seriously scary kind.

If you’ve got anything else booked for the next five Friday nights, cancel it now.

Things to look out for in episode four include:

1. Water.
2. Scotland’s finest.
3. Syon.
4. Graffiti.
5. 019460013.
6. A scream.
7. A desktop figure.
8. Call of the wild.
9. A heart.
10. A town in Yorkshire.

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

Playing in Luigi’s this week:

Ashes To Ashes: Daniel Mays

Farewell Gene

Ashes To Ashes: Philip Glenister Extras

Ashes To Ashes Blogs

Philip Glenister Official Site

The Railway Arms Ashes and Mars Fansite

Luigi’s Ashes Fansite

BBC TV Blog: Matthew Graham

Follow Ian Wylie on Twitter

Bryan Dick as Daniel Stafford

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12 responses to “Ashes To Ashes: Moving Closer

  1. Gem

    Sounds absolutely fabulous yet again! I saw part of Zoe Telford’s scenes being filmed so very much looking forward to seeing it on screen!

  2. Charlie Artist

    Excellent blog, as always, Ian. The only thing I would say is, “How COULD you put in that little teaser line about ep5!!? D’you know what this is doing to us fans? …Two weeks of torture now!” Thank Christ we have this Friday to look forward to as well…though I fear I’m already past the point of no return with regards to my own sanity…

    …very much looking forward to your Keeley interview, too!

  3. Lucky you, Gem! Zoe is superb in this ep, as are Bryan and Peter. Both Mars and Ashes have had some really top quality guest actors, haven’t they?

    And thanks Charlie – as well as apologies. As ever, it’s better to wait. You’ve got five left to see. I’ve only got three. Depending on page availability, it may make more sense to use my Keeley interview next week rather than this. Yet to be decided.

  4. Tegwen Haf

    Yet again a brilliant blog Ian, thank you so much! Like the posters behind Keats, Jocasta was a 90s band is this a clue?
    Love your list can’t wait to try and find them all.
    All the best, Tegwen

  5. Claire

    Thanks for another excellent, intriguing blog, as always you tease but don’t spoil unlike some *other* articles. And I too will be looking out for your clues on Friday!

  6. Charlie Artist

    True, true…us lucky lot DO have more eps to go than your good self, Ian! Must be strange to view it out of sync with the rest of the nation –
    how’re you going to watch the finale? Volume up, champers (Bolly, obviously), nibbles, darkened room, big screen, bucket to catch the steady flow of tears?? (Mine’s already very well used…)
    Whenever your Keeley blog is, I know it’ll be more than worth the wait. 🙂 Your posts only ever serve to significantly enhance the excitement of like-minded fans!
    …”dawn flirting in the kitchen” is probably not what I desperately hope it is, but one can dream, and wait patiently for those latter eps!

  7. Nightsky

    Peter Guinness SQUEEEE!

  8. Thanks again Ian. Really looking forward to this week’s episode. I feel like the clues are starting to be there in plain sight but we just haven’t worked it out yet. Still adoring every second of Daniel Mays on the screen.
    And definitely can’t wait for your Keeley interview. She’s done so little press this time around (or so it seems).
    And this week’s episode was filmed around the time of the TRA meet-up last October. I know that a few of our members got to watch things being filmed & the cast very graciously took time out to chat with them about things happening on the day. Very exciting!

  9. Gaelle

    Thank you for the blog once again, Ian. This all sounds very intriguing, especially “which may have you unearthing your series two DVD box set”. Mmh, what could it be?
    I can’t believe we’re (almost) already halfway through it, this is all going so quickly. Soon you’ll be blogging about the very last eps, the ones everybody talks about. I can’t wait, but at the same time I almost don’t want it to end!

  10. Missy Lupton

    I was hoping we’d get another interview with Bryan Dick for this episode; I really enjoyed the last one you did with him for All the Small Things…not too late, is it? 😉

    Anyway, thanks for the review! I’ve been looking forward to your blogs each week; I’ve seriously never been so excited about a series of television as I am for A2A s3.

  11. Maria

    Until the DVD comes out …I cannot freeze frame episodes…and Ian I had your Lists right beside me…I’m going crackers …still missed all of them apart from the message from the Junkie and the Graffiti….maybe when this is all over i can say of course it was there all the time…but as im avoiding all spoilers and all media at the moment…( i did gather that the planes where flying again as a family member got home..!!) apart from here and the episodes pages on the railway arms…

    BUT I HAVE TO say ARGHHHHHHHH…!!! ( in a good way…!)

    Next week looks a cracker…

    Just another four weeks cut off from the outside world…People think im (more) nuts i walk in to a shop with my head cast down (in case i spot a radio times or ANY sort of spoiler …I cant watch the TV except on a Friday Just before ashes comes on …I cant go on the railway arms…

    This self imposed exile is maybe a good thing…No TV the small world that i occupy is good…What more can i ask for…I want to know what is going on …But then again…when i do will be over…!

    Ramble over….



  12. Claire M


    Loved Gene’s speech to Keats.
    I’d use that ( & most of his sayings) if
    [1] I knew I could get away with it
    [2] they didn’t sound really wrong coming from a 4”10” woman.

    & I really hope he isn’t “unearthed”. Alex must be off her head – I’d never recoil away like that!

    I read it took a couple of years to get LoM commissioned. After all the effort to make it good, I don’t think things would be just put in for the sake of it. If you’ve the time/the inclination you can find all sorts of links/clues, but you can still enjoy it if you haven’t, which makes it great as opposed to merely good.

    I did Creative Writing & I’d luv to be able to write 1/10 as well as that!

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