Apr. 11th, 2007

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The following appeared in the paper this morning it looks like we haven't seen the end of DCI Gene Hunt.

The BBC has announced an Eighties sequel to the TV smash hit Life On Mars.

Ashes To Ashes will once again star Philip Glenister, 44, as unreconstructed chauvinist DCI Gene Hunt. But the series will move from the 1970s to the "New Romantic" 1980s and from the streets of Manchester to the capital.

Sam Tyler, played by John Simm, whose mysterious time-travel was finally explained in the finale of Life On Mars on Monday, will be replaced by a female DCI.

The search to find the actress to play DCI Alex Drake, a "sexy" and "intelligent" single mother, is currently under way for the drama, described as a "touch of Moonlighting teamed with a measure of Miami Vice".

Her character has risen rapidly through the Met and is using psychological profiling to capture suspects in the modern world of 2008. But when she and her daughter are kidnapped, she makes a daring attempt at escape which results in an accident.

She suddenly finds herself in 1981 interacting with Hunt, who has turned his attention to the "southern nancy" criminal scum in London. She also finds herself with familiar characters from her own lifetime and from the detailed reports logged by Sam Tyler - who will not be making a return.

The drama, on BBC1, will feature a soundtrack from the likes of Adam Ant, Roxy Music and The Human League.

Hunt is flanked by the same faithful sidekicks Ray Carling (Dean Andrews), who is keen to experience London's nightlife, and DC Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster), now a technological whiz kid in the squad's surveillance team.

Filming is due to begin in London this summer for broadcast on BBC1 next year.

Jane Featherstone, executive producer for TV production company Kudos, said: "Ashes to Ashes is the next chapter in the life of Gene Hunt, as seen through the eyes of a modern, no-nonsense woman. It's a touch of Moonlighting teamed with a measure of Miami Vice. The search for Gene's sexy side-kick is definitely on - she'll hopefully give him a serious run for his money."

Will it work only time will tell.
Also the show has been nominated for 4 BAFTA's including Best Drama and Best Actor for John Simm but no nomination for Philip Glenister (What are they mad?) Let's hope it wins.

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