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Ashes To Ashes gets third series

Ashes To Ashes

Story by Jack Foley

POPULAR drama Ashes to Ashes will return for a third and final series, according to the BBC.

Speaking as the finale of the second season was aired on Monday, June 8 (2009), writer Ashley Pharoah said that the ’80s-set series would offer “intriguing twists and turns to keep viewers guessing about the final outcome”.

It will also reveal who the character Gene Hunt, played by Philip Glenister, really is.

Ashes To Ashes was a spin-off to the equally popular Life on Mars and its first episode saw Keeley Hawes’ Alex Drake waking up in the ’80s after being shot in an incident in modern-day London.

Pharoah has also promised that the final series will reveal how Drake’s journey comes to an end.

According to official BBC figures, the opening of the second season drew 7.9 million viewers. Figures have since dropped – and included a low of 4.3 million on May 25 – but demand is such that a third and final series was justified.