Saturday, 9 February 2008

Three of a kind #32

I was a bit nervous beforehand about the prospect of a spin-off from the excellent BBC drama Life on Mars, but, having now seen the first episode of said spin-off, Ashes To Ashes, all I can say is - blimey, that was good!

In fact, Ashes To Ashes' debut was so impressive that I think it could well turn out to be even better than the series that spawned it. For one thing, it still has the excellent Philip Glenister as D.C.I. Gene Hunt, along with comedy sidekick Chris (and not so comic sidekick Ray); for another, its new female star Keeley Hawes, as D.I. Alex Drake, may well prove to be a(n even) better lead than John Simms's Sam Tyler. Her instantaneous onscreen chemistry with Glenister certainly augurs well for the future, anyway; and there definitely seems a lot more comic potential with Drake sparking off Hunt than ever there was with the often over-earnest Tyler. (In this first episode I especially enjoyed the way she kept making quotation marks with her fingers whenever namechecking the supposedly imaginary "Gene".)

Another thing I like about this series is that I recognise a lot more of the (based-in-1981) Ashes To Ashes music than I ever did during its 1973-set predecessor. Which brings me to today's Three of a kind - all songs from the year 1981, although not necessarily (in fact probably not) featured in the series. All great songs, mind!

Sugar Minott - Good Thing Going (We've Got A Good Thing Going) mp3

The Clash - The Magnificent Seven mp3

ABC - Tears Are Not Enough mp3

(mp3s available for 7 days)

Buy music by today's featured artists, and various Life on Mars-related paraphernalia here.


JC said...

The episode divided opinion in this household.

I'm with you, for just about everything you've written.

The other half is just heartbroken that John Simms isn't on screen. "I couldn't give a toss is she gets back to her daughter" was her take at the end.

But please, no-more A-Team piss-takes in the remainder of the series - not that The A-Team doesn't deserve it, but it was just too ridiculous to be repeated.

Mick said...

I just about agree with both of you but if they follow this series with a policeman bumping his head and waking up in the 90s to 'Hallo Spaceboy' I'm out of here...

ally. said...

we haven't got a telly but i bet robert elms turns up somewhere inventing jazz or something. if he'd invented abc that would be another thing entirely. top tune.