Series Two of Ashes to Ashes ended on a cliffhanger, with Gene Hunt accidentally shooting Detective Inspector Alex Drake, the delightful thorn in his derriere. Ever since, fans have been agog to know whether Alex has survived and, with everyone thinking he shot her deliberately, how will Hunt dig himself out of that hole?
Series Three finally unravels many of the mysteries from the previous two series of Ashes, as well as those first experienced by the initial time-travelling copper, Sam Tyler, in the groundbreaking series Life on Mars.
There’s also a new and unsettling twist to the team dynamic, in the form of Discipline and Complaints Officer, Jim Keats, who implies that Hunt’s involvement in Sam Tyler’s death was suspicious.
Will Alex finally discover why she has been sent back in time to the 1980s? Does anything tie Alex and Sam Tyler together? And who exactly is Gene Hunt…?
Thrilling, mysterious and supremely funny, the conclusion of this extremely popular series contains the same successful combination of crime drama, outrageous Eighties outfits and cutting one-liners – plus a finale that is one of the most exciting, compelling and edge-of-your seat rides on tv.
Series two kicks off in 1982 where leg warmers are cool, fluorescent is the colour of choice, Margaret 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, whom Hunt shares a fiery working relationship with, 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 2008, she realises nothing is as it seems.
Clinging on to fast fading hope, she discovers she may not be alone in her predicament. It seems unlikely, but is there someone in 1982 who can help her?
Chris and Shaz couldn’t be happier. He’s still trying his best to be the perfect ‘feminist’ boyfriend and wants to take their 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.
Ray and Chris are still by Gene’s side, but when force legend DS ‘Supermac’ Macintosh (Roger Allam) starts working with the team it looks as if Gene’s equilibrium could be broken.
The arrival of ‘Supermac’ seems like a blessing to the team because he’s been hailed as a star within the force and someone not to be reckoned with. However, it’s not long before Gene’s gut instinct tells him something isn’t quite right. Could this cop legend be up to no good?