Ashes to Ashes is a British science fiction/police procedural drama television series, serving as the sequel to Life on Mars. The series began transmission on BBC One in February 2008. A second series began broadcasting in 2009. The third and final series is broadcast from 2 April on BBC One.
The series tells the fictional story of Alex Drake (played by Keeley Hawes), a female police officer in service with London’s Metropolitan Police who is shot in 2008, and inexplicably regains consciousness in 1981. The series’ first episode reveals that in the present day, Drake has been studying records of the events seen in Life on Mars. Upon waking in the past, she is shocked to meet returning character Gene Hunt (Philip), of whom she has learned from her research. Throughout the series, it is ambiguous to both Drake and the audience whether the character is dead or alive in the present day.
Throughout the first series, Ashes to Ashes was broadcast weekly on Thursdays on BBC One at 9:00PM. Filming for the second series began in 2008, and began airing on 20 April 2009 in the same timeslot.
The second series takes place six months after the first, set in 1982 during the Falklands War.
Filming for the third and final series began in late 2009. The final eight episodes were broadcast in April and May 2010.
The series moved on a year, this time to 1983. The climax of the show revealed who the character of Gene Hunt really is.
The programme premiered on American television on 7 March 2009, available on both cable and satellite. The second series started on BBC America on 11 May 2010. Ashes to Ashes has also been shown on BBC Canada and its affiliate Showcase. In Australia, Series 1 of Ashes to Ashes commenced on 10 August 2009 on ABC1, with the second series also shown later that year. In Portugal, the show is broadcast on Fox Life, while in Latin America, the series is shown on HBO Plus.
Cast: Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster, Montserrat Lombard. Creators: Ashley Pharaoh, Matthew Graham Series produced by: Kudos Film and Television for BBC TV Producers: Simon Crawford Collins …. executive producer / executive producer: Kudos (24 episodes, 2008-2010) Jane Featherstone …. executive producer / executive producer: Kudos (24 episodes, 2008-2010) Matthew Graham …. executive producer / executive producer: Monastic Productions (23 episodes, 2008-2010) Beth Willis …. producer / produced by (16 episodes, 2008-2009) Piers Wenger …. executive producer: BBC / executive producer: BBC Wales (16 episodes, 2009-2010) Ashley Pharoah …. executive producer: Monastic Productions / executive producer (9 episodes, 2009-2010) Helga Dowie …. line producer (8 episodes, 2008) Howard Burch …. producer (8 episodes, 2010) Alison Jackson …. executive producer: Kudos (8 episodes, 2010) Julie Gardner …. executive producer (4 episodes, 2008) Series Writing credits Ashley Pharoah (24 episodes, 2008-2010) Matthew Graham (23 episodes, 2008-2010) Julie Rutterford (3 episodes, 2008-2010) Mark Greig (3 episodes, 2008-2009) Jack Lothian (2 episodes, 2009-2010)