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Ashes to Ashes - S03 E04

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Gene and the team follow a van they think contains a large amount of heroin. Following an altercation with an armed woman things take a strange turn when Gene appears to allow her escape. It is later revealed that the woman is an undercover police officer. Jim Keats reveals to Gene that Louise Gardner is from Hanfield police station and has managed to get in with the Staffords, a well known family to the police. Gene ends up blowing her cover and she later shows up badly beaten up. The team then work to stop Daniel Stafford from getting more heroin on the streets. Gene and Alex soon work out that somebody on the inside is helping Stafford.

Episode Title: Series 3, Episode 4
Airs: 2010-04-23 at
  • Jessica Shaw

    The sequel ditches the '70s for the '80s--but the original's hard-boiled plots, retro-pop score, and scene-stealing politically incorrect Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) remain.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Alex's gender guarantees that her dynamic with the boss will be a bit different, and it's Glenister, whose Hunt continues to leave Harvey Keitel's in the dust, who's still the best reason to climb into this particular time machine.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    If the early Ashes episodes are representative of the series, this show will indeed be good fun.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    Britain in the 1980s is arguably a lot more interesting than Britain in the ’70s, and Ashes to Ashes sharply engages the factionalism of the day: the mounting antipathies of the working class, the growth of privatization and development, the fury over nuclear armament.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Glenister is still riveting, naturally, and Hawes is a real gift. Maybe that's enough to offset the smaller issues, like the cartoonish hero worship of Hunt (three quarters of the way through the pilot, there's a moment where you half expect a laugh track to kick in).

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Ashes to Ashes has a cheekier energy that the original "Life on Mars," one that carries the show even when the police procedural stories are relatively bland.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It's in that "perhaps" and "possibly" that Ashes to Ashes finds a way forward, and although it's not as good as the original, it pushes many of the same buttons and sews on a few new ones. It's quite enjoyable.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Alex's gender does open the door to further explore the era's sexual politics, but much of that was still addressed in the first show, and Hawes' dry performance doesn't seriously alter the dynamics.

    Variety Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Though many small things are executed well, some big parts of this show just don’t work, at least in the first couple of episodes.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review