UPDATE: More filming news here
Glad to be able to bring you some on location photos of Keeley Hawes and Philip Glenister at the start of filming for what will be the final series of Ashes To Ashes.
Here, Keels has a different look for this third series, which will be set in 1983, and her new hair do is rather splendid and Glenister looks resplendent and suave in his dark coat and leather gloves.
Philip Glenister has recently been quoted: 'John Simm is to Ashes to Ashes what Robbie Williams is to Take That.'
The 46-year-old actor starred as DCI Gene Hunt in 70s cop drama Life On Mars alongside Simm as Sam Tyler and now stars in follow-up 80s series Ashes to Ashes with Keeley Hawes. But he revealed that he believes the two series are successful in their own right and Simm does not need to make a comeback.
Philip said: "I'm not comparing myself to Take That - but Take That and Robbie Williams comes back... they've created their own persona now and people go well, 'do Take That need Robbie Williams'?
He added: "And that's no disrespect to John - it's a character thing, it's not an actor thing. All I know is his character is integral to the arc of series, including Life On Mars and Ashes. Sam Tyler is talked about in this series. Questions will be answered about his past and what happened to him in the interim period."
Philip revealed he was sad to say goodbye to the character of Gene Hunt but another series was not an option.
He said: "The fact that's it's taken the public imagination by storm and me by storm, my career. It will be a huge wrench to say goodbye to him but I just feel deep down that it's the right time to finish. We have to conclude it rather than drag it on. One of the great appeals of the show is the nostalgia value. And we're setting this one in '83, as soon as you start going into the 90s there's no nostalgia value. It's too close."
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