Returning: Ashes to Ashes

Here’s a Christmas gift for you…. ABC will finally air the third and final series of Ashes to Ashes.

It’s been a long time coming, given it aired in April in the UK.

It’s time to get your shoulder pads out of storage, start crimping your hair and get into the Eighties mood for the very last time… as this multi-award-winning drama returns for its highly anticipated finale.

Series two of Ashes To Ashes ended on a cliffhanger, with Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) accidentally shooting Detective Inspector Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes), the delightful thorn in his derriere. Ever since, fans have been eager to know whether Alex has survived and, with everyone thinking he shot her deliberately, how will Hunt dig himself out of that hole?

This series finally unravels many of the mysteries from the previous two series, as well as those first experienced by the initial time-travelling copper, Sam Tyler, in the groundbreaking series Life on Mars.

There’s also a new and unsettling twist to the team dynamic, in the form of Discipline and Complaints Officer, Jim Keats (Daniel Mays), who implies that Hunt’s involvement in Sam Tyler’s death was suspicious.

Will Alex finally discover why she has been sent back in time to the 1980s? Does anything tie Alex and Sam Tyler together? And who exactly is Gene Hunt…?

Thrilling, mysterious and supremely funny, the conclusion of this extremely popular series contains the same successful combination of crime drama, outrageous Eighties outfits and cutting one-liners – plus a finale that is one of the most exciting, compelling and edge-of-your-seat rides on TV.

It returns 8:30pm Thursday January 13 on ABC1.


  1. Did we (or was it only me?) miss the first episode of Series 3 because ABC cancelled it for the floods coverage;and then showed what appeared to be Episode 2 last night? I have also ordered the DVD set from Atomic Movies so when it arrives I won’t have to bother with the ABC’s scheduling. Ditto for Series 9 of Spooks. Ditto for anything really worth watching; although to be fair, ABC is better than the commercials at keeping to a schedule.

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