May 9, 2008
Ashes to Ashes
Once upon a time this was only a great David Bowie song to me. Wonderful lyrics, cool almost spooky music.
Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know major toms a junkie
Strung out in heavens high
Hitting an all-time low
Time and again I tell myself
Ill stay clean tonight
But the little green wheels are following me
Oh no, not again
Im stuck with a valuable friend
Im happy, hope you're happy too
One flash of light but no smoking pistol
I'm Happy Hope Your happy too. What a great line!
Well what am I going on about? Two years ago another David Bowie song took a new importance in our lives here at Crimespree Central. Life on Mars. Great song.
And a wonderful television program from the UK. John Simms as a cop dropped into a coma and waking up in 1973. Two seasons of absolutely wonderful TV. Two seasons told the story they wanted to tell, and it worked.
But I missed the show. i was not encouraged when I heard that someone here in the states wanted to do an American version.
I was happy to hear they planned to do a follow up show, kind of a sequel but not quite. Enter Ashes to Ashes.
Philip Glenister returns as Gene Hunt along with Dean Andrews and Marshall Lancaster. And in a wonderful move they brought in Keeley Hawes as the displaced Di Alex Drake. This time in 1981. The boys have moved from Manchester to London and the world is a little bit different than it was in 1973.
The premise is similar, displaced cop, is it real or is it in her head.
Watch and find out and decide for yourself!
I was quite happy with this first series. It doesn't hurt that i loved the music of the eighties. The soundtrack is full of the Clash, XTC, and even Supertramp.
If you like Life on Mars. You'll like Ashes to Ashes.