25/09/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Time travel, gentlemen, please. It's time to get your shoulder pads out of storage, start crimping your hair and get into the Eighties mood for the very last time. The BBC One sci-fi time travel drama, Ashes To Ashes, is back as filming begins on their final series.
The finale sees Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes reprise their roles as that most un-PC of policeman, DCI Gene Hunt, and his partner DI Alex Drake, along with Dean Andrews as DI Ray Carling, Marshall Lancaster as DC Chris Skelton and Montserrat Lombard as WPC Sharon 'Shaz' Granger. As well as the regular faces, Daniel Mays (The Street, Plus One) will also appear in the series as Discipline and Complaints Officer, Jim Keats, adding a twist to the team dynamic.
With the last series' cliff-hanger leaving audiences with the image of Alex lying shot on a hospital gurney, the questions on everyone's lips are "will Alex survive?" and "how will her colleague and accidental assassin Gene Hunt dig himself out of that hole?"
The sci-fi drama finally unravels many of the mysteries from the previous two series of Ashes To Ashes, as well as those first experienced by the initial time-travelling copper, Sam Tyler, in the BBC One series Life On Mars some four years ago. Will Alex finally discover why she's been sent back to the Eighties? Does anything tie Alex and Sam Tyler together? And who exactly is Gene Huntů?
Jane Featherstone at Kudos Film told the Nest, "Everyone has their own theory about who Gene Hunt is, and why Alex Drake and Sam Tyler ended up in his world. Alex's journey is nearing its end and Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah have planned a fabulous finale. We're now at the point where we can finally reveal some of the answers and we can't wait to hear what the fans think about it all."
Ashley Pharoah, co-creator and writer, added, "Gene Hunt has delighted fans for almost five years. Matthew and I have loved writing the adventures of Gene, Alex and the rest of the team and will be really sad to finally have to say goodbye to characters that have become a great part of our lives."
Ashes To Ashes' final eight 8 episodes will appear on BBC One in 2010.
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