Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010)
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Episode #2.1 

After a pep talk from new broom superintendent Mackintosh who is anxious to stamp out police corruption, Hunt and his team are called to a Soho strip club where P.C. Irvine is found dead ... See full summary »


Catherine Morshead


Ashley Pharoah, Matthew Graham (creator) (co-writer) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Glenister ... Gene Hunt
Keeley Hawes ... Alex Drake
Dean Andrews ... Ray Carling
Marshall Lancaster ... Chris Skelton
Montserrat Lombard ... Shaz Granger
Roger Allam ... Det. Supt. Mackintosh
Adrian Dunbar ... Martin Summers
Shaun Evans ... P.C. Kevin Hales
Pooky Quesnel ... Ruth Irvine
Anna Nightingale ... Sally
Joseph Long ... Luigi
Geff Francis Geff Francis ... Viv James
Grace Vance Grace Vance ... Molly Drake
Diane Langton Diane Langton ... Julia
Michael Gould Michael Gould ... Pathologist


After a pep talk from new broom superintendent Mackintosh who is anxious to stamp out police corruption, Hunt and his team are called to a Soho strip club where P.C. Irvine is found dead and, to quote Hunt, "looking like Hilda Ogden" in a photograph with stripper and wannabe actress Sally. Soon after Sally is shot dead. Irvine's widow Ruth is initially evasive, chiefly because she has been having an affair with Mackintosh, but she does give the team a diary, exonerating him from extortion but putting his young colleague Kevin Hales in the frame as the officer on the make, out to silence his worthier partner. The case resolved, Chris tries to atone to Shazz for his sexist comments by performing a full strip in public. Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 April 2009 (UK) See more »

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Hersham, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Adrian Dunbar (Martin Summers) & Keeley Hawes (Alex Drake) also worked together on Line of Duty (2012) as Ted Hastings & Lindsay respectively, as well as on The Hollow Crown (2012) as the Plantagenet & Queen Elizabeth respectively. See more »


Chris does a strip to 'You Sexy Thing' and Alex references The Full Monty. However, the movie was not released until 1997 and this episode is set in 1982. See more »


Alex Drake: My name is Alex Drake. I've been shot and that bullet's taken me back in time. Now I'm lost in 1982, and all I can do is fight, and search, and stay alive. Because, somehow, I will find a way back home.
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Series 2 vs. Series 1

This is not a review in the usual sense. It is rather a comment on certain improvements in the look of the show, particularly in certain members of the cast, from season one to season two; and here under the first episode of season two seems the most likely place to place it.

The reasons for these changes cannot be known definitively by an average viewer removed in space and time from the making and the original showing of the episodes, but possibilities could be a better budget, personnel changes in the crew, or makeovers by cast members themselves.

Of these three, the only one we can pin down for sure are crew changes documented here, i.e., the addition of Nat Turner as co-costume designer (with season one's Rosie Hackett), and an entirely new makeup department.

So, for example, is Chris Skelton's lighter hair in season two a make-up change to make him more attractive to Shaz Granger (Montserrat Lombard), or merely a new look for the actor himself (Marshall Lancaster)?

Be that as it may, the most striking upgrade is the costumes for our heroine, Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes).

In season one, Alex would wear the same clothes throughout an episode, for "days" on end. In season two, not only are her clothes a step up in style and quality, but she actually changes them from "day" to "day" (i.e., she wears a nightgown to bed instead of crashing on her couch).

If this program is new to you, you might have fun seeing what other differences or costume anomalies you can spot.

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