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
Fire Up the Quattro (2008) Ashes to Ashes does Sport Relief (2010)