Montserrat Lombard as Shaz
“TIME is running out.”

Shaz is very much out of sorts in Ashes To Ashes final series episode two.

Written by Ashley Pharoah, it further lifts the curtain on what appears will form part of the Ashes and Mars conclusion.

Two moments in particular left the hairs on the back of my neck standing up like never before.

Daniel Mays as DCI Jim Keats

“AS a massive fan, it’s been great to be such an important part of it all.”

Daniel Mays arrives as DCI Jim Keats in the first episode of the final series of Ashes To Ashes this Friday night.

Will Gene Hunt’s (Philip Glenister) world ever be the same again?

I interviewed Danny on the Ashes set for a feature to be published in the MEN on Friday.

What can it all mean? Philip and Keeley as Gene and Alex

NOW, where were we?

The final series of Ashes To Ashes begins on BBC1 at 9pm on Good Friday.

I’ve seen preview DVDs of the first two episodes and can say without a shadow of a doubt that Ashes has upped its game.

And how.

With quite brilliant performances from Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes and the rest of CID.

Plus the truly exceptional Danny Mays as Jim Keats.

Warning: Your brain may explode
ASHES To Ashes third and final series. Episode one.

Destined to be discussed long into the night once it’s screened.

Firstly, let me say yet again that I know just how lucky I am to be able to see episodes of Ashes in advance.

Plus interviewing the cast on set and elsewhere.

But mixed with the excitement of seeing episode one is a sadness that now there are just seven left to go.

CAN we trust the Gene Genie?

You’ll get the answer in episode two of the new series of Ashes To Ashes.

I’ve just watched a preview DVD for a second time, having left several days to get over a jaw-dropping moment the first time I saw it.

In particular, a word that rocks Gene back on his heels.

As usual, I won’t spoil the work of Ashes co-creator and episode writer Matthew Graham by revealing it in advance.

But just watch what Ray (Dean Andrews) does in the split second cut to the next scene.

Attention to detail is just one of the many reasons why I love Ashes To Ashes.
In a world where, yes…everything is still significant.

THE special trailer for the new series of Ashes To Ashes made its debut a few hours ago.
Screened just before 10pm after the second edition of The Apprentice.
The cast reunited for a few days last month to go back in front of the cameras.
With the trailer inspired by the Soho storyline of the first episode, as well as the ongoing theme in series two of police corruption.
You can watch it here – with some still images under the links below.
Spandau Ballet’s 1981 hit Chant No 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On) provides the soundtrack.
With a first proper glimpse for fans of the slightly softer look for Alex, plus Chris’s highlights.