"The Eighties are back and it's criminal..!!" - it truly is criminal, but I CAN'T WAIT... ;D ;D I loved Series one of 'A2A' - The Clothes, The Music..The Quattro... I admit it, I was an Eighties Girl - big shoulder pads, tight pencil skirts and even a wide brim trilby worn at a jaunty angle, I was the complete "Duranie" and madly in love with John Taylor.. At school you were either Duran Duran or Spandau Ballet - you couldn't be both.. Series Two of Ashes to Ashes starts Monday 20th April. OxBo "The Eighties - The Decade Fashion Forgot.."
Post by Donald MacDonald on Apr 12, 2009 15:33:53 GMT
I'm looking forward to the return of Ashes To Ashes, although I'm not completely sold on it. I thought Life On Mars was incredible, such an original concept for a TV series, and it kept the mystery going throughout the series. The sparky relationship between Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt was brilliant too.
But Ashes To Ashes of course lost that originality and mystery, and I thought Alex Drake was nowhere near as interesting as Sam Tyler. She was always going on about Molly! I hope loosens up a bit for Series 2 ;D
Having said all that, Gene Hunt is still fab and I love the Audi! "Raymondo, fire up the Quattro!"
Never heard of this programme... and maybe we won't... but is it another sci fi like Dr.Who?
Ashes To Ashes is a sequel to the series "Life On Mars". Life On Mars is a series that has recently been remade for US TV, so maybe you've heard of that? In Life On Mars a DCI in 2007, Sam Tyler, is investigating a case when he is hit by a car and he wakes up in 1973! In 1973 he is a DI and works under Gene Hunt, a dinosaur cop who is a complete bigot and likes to get results by beating up his suspects! Sam Tyler is constantly fighting his superior officer, trying to bring his knowledge of 2006 policing to improve 1973 policing. Sam is never sure whether he's actually travelled back in time, or has gone mad, or is in a coma in 2006 dreaming about 1973. Throughout the series it becomes clear that he's in a coma, sometimes he can hear voices from 2006 and he gets messages from 2006 through the radio, or TV. When they try different drug treatments on his body in 2006 he starts hallucinating in 1973! At the end of the series Sam wakes up in 2006, but he finds it so sterile that he jumps off a building and is transported back to 1973 - before he dies.
At the start of Ashes To Ashes, DCI Alex Drake is writing a report on suicide victim Sam Tyler when she is shot. She wakes up in 1981 where again she is a copper working for Gene Hunt! Now because she has studied Sam Tyler she believes that Gene and his team are all in her head, she knows how it works, she calls them her "imaginery constructs" much to their annoyance! 1981 was the year her parents were murdered and the first series of Ashes To Ashes is leading up to this event, Alex meets her parents again and tries to stop their death.
I've only explained both series very briefly, it's a very original concept for a TV show - it's not sci-fi like Doctor Who. Both series have some very surreal moments where Sam/Alex get strange messages, or see weird visions. For Sam the TV testcard girl comes to life and climbs out of his TV to freak him out, for Alex a clown stalks her and freaks her out! Gene Hunt grudgingly respects both Sam and Alex, but both fight his neanderthal methods of policing. What's interesting to viewers is the difference between the 70s/80s and now. For example in an episode about football hooliganism there's a moving speech where Sam points out that because of these hooligans, fences will be put up around football stadiums which will lead to the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989. Powerful stuff.
They're great series Paul, I really recommend them. Life On Mars ran for two series of 8 episodes each in the UK, Ashes To Ashes is about to start its second series. Check them out if you can!