The seventh episode of the second series of the British science fiction police procedural drama series Ashes to Ashes was broadcast by BBC One on 1st June 2009.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

What looks like a simple drugs drop at a building site turns into a murder case when CID find a body buried in concrete. Alex is convinced that she's nearer to home, but with a huge obstacle in the way, just how far will she go to carve a path back to her daughter? As her view of the world is shaken to its core, for Gene the case uncovers a terrifying truth about someone he trusts.

Cultural references[edit | edit source]

  • Gene says, "This a stake-out, not a pillow fight at Malory Towers," referencing the fictional sea-side female boarding school in Cornwall created by Enid Blyton in her Malory Towers series of books (1946-1951).
  • The Polish builders are a subtle reference to the UK film Moonlighting released in September 1982, about a team of Polish builders working illegally in London in the early 80s during the Solidarity protests in Poland. It was written and directed by Jerzy Skomlimowski.
  • Gene says, "Been playing Plaster Casters with her husband." This is a reference to Denys Fisher's complete sculpting and painting sets from 1972. Each set contained a small mallet and chisel and three "blocks" of stone on plinths. The blocks were in fact wax or plaster moulded around plastic figures; the mallet and chisel were used to chip away the wax or plaster to reveal the plastic figures beneath. There were originally three different sets: Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, and Animals. These sets were in fact called "Chip Away", but Alex Toys has in recent years used the name "Plaster Casters" for a dissimilar product.
  • Dr Zhivago is mentioned.

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • DCI Gene Hunt -- Philip Glenister
  • DI Alex Drake -- Keeley Hawes
  • DS Ray Carling -- Dean Andrews
  • DC Chris Skelton -- Marshall Lancaster
  • WPC Shaz Granger -- Montserrat Lombard
  • Sgt Viv James -- Geff Francis
  • Molly Drake -- Grace Vance
  • Luigi -- Joseph Long
  • Martin Summers -- Adrian Dunbar
  • Young Summers -- Gwilyn Lee
  • Caroline Price -- Amelia Bullmore
  • Lafferty -- Dorian Lough
  • Tomascz -- Dragon Micanovic
  • Brendan -- Peter Cadwell
  • Pathologist -- Charlie Roe

Music[edit | edit source]

  • Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant Released in 1982.
  • All Cats are Grey - The Cure Released in 1981.
  • Music for Chameleons - Gary Numan Released in 1982.
  • Ideas as Opiates - Tears for Fears Released in 1983.
Episodes of Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes
Life on Mars:
Series 1 (2006): Episode 1   Episode 2   Episode 3   Episode 4   Episode 5   Episode 6   Episode 7   Episode 8
Series 2 (2007): Episode 1   Episode 2   Episode 3   Episode 4   Episode 5   Episode 6   Episode 7   Episode 8  
Ashes to Ashes:
Series 1 (2008): Episode 1   Episode 2   Episode 3   Episode 4   Episode 5   Episode 6   Episode 7   Episode 8  
Series 2 (2009): Episode 1   Episode 2   Episode 3   Episode 4   Episode 5   Episode 6   Episode 7   Episode 8  
Series 3 (2010): Episode 1   Episode 2   Episode 3   Episode 4   Episode 5   Episode 6   Episode 7   Episode 8  
Mini Episodes:
Fire Up the Quattro (2008)   Ashes to Ashes does Sport Relief (2010)
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