Two lovely pieces of coverage about the final episode (transmission due on 21st May on BBC1 at 9.00pm) of Ashes To Ashes appeared in TV Guide and TV & Satellite Week. In TV Guide, Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, the creators and writers of the series, give us a few clues to the finale: 'There was a very important audio clue in episode three' (we're all scrambling for our off-air copies now) and that fans have guessed about 80% of the story with Ashley also saying: 'But no one person has got the whole solution.'
Matt reveals that the very last scene ' is in black and white, and the last thing you see is the word "Police" '. I have been thinking about this and it perhaps suggests a bit of television meta-textuality whereby the whole show concludes with a 1950s retro-Dixon Of Dock Green ending. Perhaps it's the reality where our scarred policeman comes from?
TV & Satellite Week - Matthew says, 'It is an emotional, powerful finale and there's a sense that we've come to the end of an epic journey. We tie up all the big questions, so you'll know who Gene is, whether his world is real or fantasy, whether Alex gets home, and what happened to Sam Tyler.'
Radio Times coverage has been a bit lacklustre with just a full page of Alison Graham mourning the loss of Gene Hunt as a TV icon. Still, they've made it 'Drama Of The Week'. Ian Wylie has also posted some new non spoiler images from the finale up on his blog, Life Of Wylie, and here are a few of them (thanks to Ian for posting them and for his superb Ashes coverage):
The countdown to the end begins with Episode Seven this Friday and I'll be back with a review of that episode on Saturday. Thanks to TV Guide and TV&Satellite Week for their coverage.