Sam Tyler’s mystery may finally have been solved but DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) returns to our screens next month in Ashes To Ashes, the long-awaited sequel to the hugely successful Life on Mars.
It’s 1981 and Gene, freshly transferred to� Metropolitan Police, is on a mission to take on the “Southern scum” and clean up the streets of London.
When police psychologist DI Alex Drake (Spooks star Keeley Hawes) wakes up in a brothel, wearing a red leather skirt and fur coat, and surrounded by men who look like something out of Miami Vice, she’s confused, to say the least. Her last memory is of being taken hostage and shot in London � in 2008.
It’s not long before “The Manc Lion”, DCI Gene Hunt, a newly permed DS Ray Carling (Dean Andrews), the over-cautious DC Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster) and young, enthusiastic WPC Sharon “Shaz” Granger (Montserrat Lombard) come to her rescue.
Alex soon recognises her new surroundings and colleagues from the detailed reports of Sam Tyler, whose experiences she has studied in 2008. Armed with this knowledge, she thinks she is in the driving seat and knows how this world works � but she doesn’t. If she can just keep her brain working by solving cases, then it should buy her time to work out how to get back to her daughter in 2008.
There’s a growing drug problem in London and Gene believes he’s the man to stop it. He suspects that city playboy, Edward Markham, is the brains behind it all. However, when Alex finds a tape titled “Arthur Layton”, she isn’t convinced the case is so black and white and challenges Gene; Layton was her kidnapper in 2008 and could be the key to her getting home.
Following a few bottles of Chianti, Gene looks at the evidence acquired by Alex and finally sees she isn’t just a bit of posh totty; she has brains, as well as looks.
Gene is ready to take on the London drug dealers in his own, classic, Northern style, but Alex is convinced she needs to solve the problem alone in order to get home…