From the blog:
As well as a gaggle of salivating journos, the stars of the show are in
attendance; Philip Glenister (DCI Gene Hunt), the Marshall Lancaster
(DC Chris Skelton) and new girls Keeley Hawes (DI Alex Drake) and
Montserrat Lombard (WPC Sharon Granger).
A strict embargo prevents me from revealing too much about the show, but what I can say is that Ashes to Ashes
is brilliant! Moving Gene Hunt and his cohorts from the 70s to the 80s
really works. The muted browns and greys of the 70s are replaced with
the sharp lines and bright primary colours of the 80s. The show is
packed with classic 80s motifs: music, fashion, gadgets, and as a sneak
peek at future episodes showed, light entertainment legends!
And about Keeley Hawes:
The big question is - can Keeley Hawes fill John Simms' shoes and carry
the story? If Episode 1 is anything to go by, the answer is a
resounding yes. The introduction of a female lead adds a dash of Moonlighting-style
sexual tension into the mix, giving Gene Hunt even more opportunity to
set the meterosexual movement back twenty years, as this early exchange
with DI Drake ddemonstrates...
"Now then Bollinger-knickers. Are you going to kiss me or punch me?"
Just a few more weeks until it premieres.