ASHES TO ASHES - Series 3: Finale Coverage


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.

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9 Responses to “ASHES TO ASHES - Series 3: Finale Coverage”
  1. Anonymous says:

    Heh, Keats in that last picture. Bad curry mate?

  2. Anonymous says:

    i think this means that Gene shoots Keats for one reason or anothe... possibly talking to Alex about Sam's death?

  3. Anonymous says:

    .....I 'ate you Butler.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think it's Gene who is in a coma not Alex; she is a figment of his imagination or someone he knows alongside Sam, Chris, Ray and Shaz. The young policeman who has been haunting Alex is infact Gene Hunt...

  5. Anonymous says:

    After seeing the episode where Ray saw stars I came to the theory that Ray, Alex, Chris, Shaz are all in a coma just like Alex and that the whole world they live in is infact the coma state in an 80's reality.

    I also came to a theory that Keats was a family member of Sam's who came toget revenge on Gene

  6. Anonymous says:

    ^ that would be sooo cleverrr :0

  7. Anonymous says:

    I think Gene Hunt is the bullet, tumour whatever is holding you in a coma. You have to 'fight' him to leave. I think everyone is in a coma and hearing things and seeing things is a rising up into consciousness. I'm sure that in a previous season of a2A we were told that Sam married Annie and was shot trying to stop a jewellery store robbery.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Keats is the devils agent trying to lure Alex to the underworld and Gene shoots him but Gene is already dead and in purgatry because his body hasn't been found yet, (it's the one in the field in Lancashire and the ghost which Alex keeps seeing). I think it is going to be an emotionally charged ending with Gene and the others finally passing over and Alex returning to consciousness but emotionally drained

  9. Anonymous says:

    That is similar to what I have thought. That shaz, chris and ray are all in coma's or dead and Gene and Jim are like good and bad angels trying to lure them all to either side. Thats why they all see stars - because they have found themselves with the help of gene and are now eady to go back to their lives or heaven??

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