Wee Review No 7
Current Day PC PC psychologist goes back in time to the 1980s….
Before Outlander hit the telly, Time travelling TV included this wee gem where police psychologist Alex Drake went back in time from 2008 went back to 1981.
ASHES TO ASHES – BBC AMERICA Trailer, ashesbbcamerica, www.youtube.com and pictures © BBC
Ashes to Ashes (2008-10) is a fantastic British BBC TV Series which my lovely darlin’ husband introduced me to when we started dating way back in 2008. It’s a crime time travel series – with some sci-fi thrown in – and was one of the best time travel tales on telly – including TV’s Doctor Who (2005) tv series when Matt Smith was the Doctor and Karen Gillan the glamorous assistant. And the more recent TV series Outlander (2014) one. Which in a side note, Smith’s Dr Who was so much better than I thought it would be. To begin with thought Smith would be the equivalent of a TV Hollyoaks (1995-) Doctor – ie young, sexy and fit looking for the new generation – but that was just the assistant. Matt Smith was a crazy, fun Doctor and we do like a crazy Doctorr Who if we were brought up on Tom Baker.
So back to Ashes to Ashes, policewoman Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes) is shot in 2008 and wakes up believing she’s returned to 1981. There she meets Manchurian un PC policeman – and studmuffin – bit of rough, Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) and his colleagues who she read about from reports made by Sam Tyler who met them but in the 1970s (see the prequel, Life on Mars (2006-2007)). There she is shocked by Hunts primitive attitudes and work methods compared to her modern-day work leading to tension between them. I won’t tell you how things unfold but there is a lot more going on…. Glenister’s character along with his Manchurian Northern accent made him loveable for many a British woman of a certain age. I admit, I was one such woman, owning a Gene Hunt calendar for 2 consecutive years – a record for me – as his predecessor being an actor who starred in Mamma Mia (2008) who I won’t name so he doesn’t sob into his pillow – had been taken down after 8 months and therefore before the year was up. Gene Hunt lasted til Glenister was seen in Mad Dogs (2011), sadly without the Mancunian accent I adored. Sorry, but if I do meet you Mr Glenister please speak in a northern accent! Leonardo DiCaprio replaced him in my affections after he beefed-up and around 2008 when I saw him in the previously released Catch Me if you Can (2002). I think he had me in his pilot’s uniform.
Remember loved Ashes to Ashes not only for Glenister but for recognising the 1980s references sprinkled throughout the series. Less pokes at pop culture than Deadpool (2016), in a sweet endearing manner compared to Deadpool’s deadpan more sarcastic delivery. But equally as funny, the Billy Joel Uptown Girl video parody is probably the most remembered with Glenister as Hunt as the legendary 1980s music star. Also the references were more directed at British culture as shown below, referring to the vandalism of the Blue Peter (1958-) garden which will make no sense to the rest of the world as a much loved British children’s TV series. But it will bring a smile to us Brits as a mystery from the past is finally resolved albeit in TV land. So now the dilemma is for most women, if you go back in time do you go back to the kilted wonder in Jamie (from Outlander) or hunt down Gene.
Weeper Rating: /10
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Bonus Trailer: Yes