Monday, 28 February 2011

Ashes to Ashes Season two: DVD Review

Ashes to Ashes Season two: DVD Review

Ashes To Ashes
Season Two

Rating: M
Released by BBC and Roadshow
It's back to the 80s (1982 to be precise) for this second series of the sequel to the truly brilliant Life On Mars.
Keeley Hawes reprises her role as DCI Alex Drake, a present day copper apparently shot in the line of duty who wakes in 1982 - and in sexist pig DCI Gene Hunt's (Philip Glenister) world.
Desperately trying to make her way back to her daughter, Drake and the rest of the permed hair team take on a series of cases as she tries to piece together how she can get home.
Animal rights, murder, loan sharks - the entire seedy underbelly of the 80s is played out on screen again - but don't let that give you reason to dismiss Ashes To Ashes.
Brilliantly acted (Hawes and Glenister shine in their leading roles) and with a superb ensemble cast, this BBC drama is one of the contemporary best. The writers revel in their chance to vent their non PC script spleens and the result is hilarious, engrossing and compelling drama.
Throw in a confounding cliffhanger and I for one can't wait to see how the final series plays out.

Rating: 8/10

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