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A2A Episode 5
The Smoking Gun
Written by: Mark Greig
Director: Bille Eltringham
Antagonists: Simon Neary
Previous episode: The Missing Link
Next episode: Over the Hill

The fifth episode of the first series of the British time travel police procedural television series, Ashes to Ashes, was first broadcast on 6 March 2008. The episode, known erroneously as "The Smoking Gun", was produced by Kudos Film & Television for BBC One.

SynopsisEdit

Gene and Alex are on the trail of Simon Neary, a pimp and drug dealer. However, they discover that Neary is involved in a guns deal, leading Alex to believe that stopping the deal could stop her from being shot in 2008. To stop Neary, Alex must convince Neary's boyfriend (Russell Tovey), to snitch on him.

CastEdit

Cultural references Edit

  • Gene says: "Tinker, tailor, soldier, twat". This is a play on the old english rhyme, "tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, etc." which was used as a game to guess what a child would grow up to be. In 1981, the phrase was familiar from John le Carré's book Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a spy novel featuring George Smiley, one of le Carré's most famous characters. BBC TV adapted the novel into a seven-part TV series in 1979 starring Alec Guiness as George Smiley.
  • Talking to Neary, Alex says she met Marcus while she "was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar" referencing the opening line of The Human League single "Don't You Want Me" released in November 1981.
  • Chris mentions "Shilton" refering to footballer Peter Shilton. Later at the nightclub Gene says "need a good centre back like "Dave Watson" refering to footballer Dave Watson.
  • Chris says, "Mr Humphries, I'm free," referencing to the gay character played by John Inman in BBC sitcom Are You Being Served.
  • When Alex says Neary wouldn't like it, Gene says, "Paul Daniels would." Chris chimes in with, "not a lot," and Gene ends with, "but he'd like it." referencing comedian/magician Paul Daniels catchphrase "You'll like this, not a lot, but you'll like it". Paul Daniels was a famous TV magician of the late 70s and 80s, also becoming a game show host in the late 80s with such shows as Every Second Counts and Wipeout.
  • Chris and Ray mention Ronnie and Reggie Kray. The Kray Brothers were famous London gangsters in the sixties. WPC Phyllis Dobbs mentions Ronnie Kray in Series 2: Episode 5 of Life on Mars.

ProductionEdit

Although the first "sample" gun supplied to Neary is a identified as a Colt 1911 and this is verbally linked to the death of an informer shot with a 9mm calibre bullet, the pistol is actually .45-inch calibre.

MusicEdit

  • One Step Beyond - Madness
  • I Travel - Simple Minds
  • Sgt. Rock - XTC
  • Turn To Red - Killing Joke
  • I Feel Love]] - Donna Summer
  • Love Magic - John Davis & The Monster Orchestra
  • Don't You Want Me - The Human League
  • I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper - Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
  • Where Did Our Love Go - Soft Cell


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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