Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010)
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Episode #2.2 

Gypsy car thief Jed dies after Hunt has pursued him in a high speed chase and Hunt and Mackintosh put out a cover-up story to exonerate Hunt. Drugs are found on the corpse and the whole ... See full summary »


Catherine Morshead


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Episode complete credited cast:
Philip Glenister ... Gene Hunt
Keeley Hawes ... Alex Drake
Dean Andrews ... DS Ray Carling
Marshall Lancaster ... Chris Skelton
Montserrat Lombard ... Shaz Granger
Roger Allam ... Det. Supt. Mackintosh
Adrian Dunbar ... Martin Summers
Joseph Millson ... Dr. Battleford
Ellie Paskell Ellie Paskell ... Alva
Paola Dionisotti ... Old Mother
Joseph Long ... Luigi
Geff Francis Geff Francis ... Viv James
Grace Vance Grace Vance ... Molly Drake
Dean Bardini Dean Bardini ... Terry
Darren Clarke Darren Clarke ... Mechanic


Gypsy car thief Jed dies after Hunt has pursued him in a high speed chase and Hunt and Mackintosh put out a cover-up story to exonerate Hunt. Drugs are found on the corpse and the whole camp is arrested including an old lady who tells Alex's fortune and recognizes her parallel existence. The deceased was known to abuse his pregnant girlfriend Alva and Alex believes that seemingly altruistic local Dr. Battleford, the camp's G.P., fed Jed lethal pills, as he was in love with Alva and is the baby's father. She is eventually proved to be right and Alex and Hunt deliver Alva's child. An even more bizarre alliance is formed when Hunt buys Alex's view that Hales was a pawn in a conspiracy to kill officer Irvine and joins the Masons to gain Mackintosh's confidence. Written by don @ minifie-1

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27 April 2009 (UK) See more »

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Looking at the overturned Austin Princess, Gene (Philip Glenister) says, "death of a princess" referencing the ATV drama-documentary broadcast 9 April 1980, Death of a Princess. It was a highly controversial account of young Princess Masha'al and her lover who were executed in Saudi-Arabia in 1978. Both the American and UK broadcasts of the film caused livid protests and strong diplomatic, economic, and political pressure from the Saudis. See more »


Supermac refers to a Super Glue advert with a man in overalls glued to a board that was suspended from a helicopter. The advert is actually for Solvite wallpaper paste, rather than Super Glue. See more »


DCI Gene Hunt: Looking very chirpy, Bolls, you've been sitting on the washing machine again?
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References Love Actually (2003) See more »


Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)
Written by Michael Score, Ali Score, Frank Maudsley and Paul Reynolds
Performed by A Flock of Seagulls
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Masonic Mysteries back in the 80s
9 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Really unusual start to this episode, the team are tracking a car, where the driver seems out of control, Gene tries following the car which comes off the road and crashes into a Gypsy site. Instantly the team have an unease with the gypsies. A definite conspiracy seems to be going on between Gene and Mack, is it real or not? You really get a sense of growing mistrust between Gene and Alex. There is a wonderful part when Paola Dionisotti does a tarot reading for Alex, really well acted scene. The episode has a definite masonic feel to it, and Gene's initiation is intriguing. A satisfying ending, with more intrigue from the man who knows more about Alex's situation, very very good episode, which ends with a classic 80s tune A flock of Seagulls, Wishing. The series continues to feel more grown up somehow then the first series.

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