I have some news about the recently announced Life On Mars spin-off, Ashes To Ashes.
The new series, due to air next year, catches up with DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) and his faithful sidekicks Ray Carling (Dean Andrews) and Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster) - now a technological whizz-kid in the squad’s surveillance team.
However, Gene does not expect to be thrown together with sexy, intelligent, DCI Alex Drake. Single mother to daughter Molly, Alex has rapidly risen through the ranks of the Met and, in the modern world of 2008, skilfully uses psychological profiling to capture suspects.
When Alex and her daughter are kidnapped she makes a daring attempt at escape, resulting in a horrific accident. Alex finds herself in 1981 interacting with familiar characters, not just from her own life-time, but also from the detailed reports logged by none other than Sam Tyler, which Alex has previously spent months pouring over.
Alex is ripped from a world of sexual equality and respect in 2008 and finds herself opposite an arrogant fellow DCI in a Two Tone, New Romantic Eighties London with a soundtrack of Adam Ant, Roxy Music and The Human League ringing in her ears.
Frustrated by each other’s stubbornness, the friction between Alex and Gene heats up. However, as the two titans collide, it becomes apparent there is more than just a professional tension emerging.
Because most LoM fans are suffering from withdrawal, I think we'll need this!