ASHES TO ASHES follows on from the hugely successful BBC series LIFE ON MARS, and sees the return of the self styled 'Sheriff of Manchester' DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister). Whereas LIFE ON MARS was a throwback to the crime-fighting style of the 1970's, ASHES TO ASHES takes you back to 'the decade that taste forgot', the 1980's.
In the first series DCI Hunt has left relative the comfort of the Greater Manchester Police to take on the 'southern nancys' of London, where he once again acquires a time-travelling sidekick, this time in the sexy and smart DI Alex Drake. Her psychology background and in depth knowledge of the Sam Tyler case lead her to dismiss her predicament as a vivid hallucination. Nevertheless, with crime rife on the streets of 1980's London, and a police team not very receptive to modern career women, Alex has a lot to prove before she can figure out how to get home.
The second series of the time-bending ASHES TO ASHES continues where the first series left off. With the mystery surrounding the death of her parents now solved, Alex desperately seeks to find out how she has become trapped in the past, but must first unravel a conspiracy within her department that involves police corruption, a wealthy entrepreneur and a shadowy Superintendent involved with the Free Masons.
The story continues, only this time around its 1983. DI Alex Drake is ultimately determined to find out the truth about Gene Hunt and the hidden secrets of the world she inhabits. The third and final series also marks the arrival of Scotland Yards DCI Jim Keats. Sent to watchfully observe the teams performance, his presence leads to some unexpected revelations on past happenings. Prepare to be captivated by easily, the darkest of all three series.