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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.

SynopsisEdit

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 referencesEdit

  • 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 diferent 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.

CastEdit

  • 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

MusicEdit

  • 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 and 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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