‘Ashes To Ashes’: Series 2 episode guide

The Quattro’s fired up and fashion sense has been thrown out of the window as Ashes To Ashes returns to BBC One for a second series.

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Alex Drake was shot in 2008 and was stunned when she woke up in 1981. Confronted by the politically incorrect DCI Gene Hunt and his right-hand men, DS Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton, Alex was determined not to hang around in the past for long. As Series 2 begins, it’s now 1982: the Falklands War has started, corruption in the force is rife and Alex is no nearer to finding the key to returning to the future.

 

Episode 1
Monday 20th April 2009

In the opening episode, when a man is found dead in a Soho strip club, it looks like a sex game gone wrong. But, when it turns out the deceased is PC Sean Irvine, Gene and Alex are ordered to keep the case under wraps and get to the bottom of it as quickly as possible by force legend, Detective Superintendent “Supermac” Mackintosh.

Sean was supposed to be clearing the streets of vice, but it seems he became seduced by it. Gene, Ray and Chris think the evidence speaks for itself, but Alex is troubled by the victim’s wife, Ruth, who insists Sean was a good, honest man. Much to Gene’s displeasure, when the pathology report shows that Sean was murdered, he has to face the fact that Alex was right and the killer could be one of their own…

Meanwhile, Alex believes she finally understands how the world around her works, but when she starts hearing news from the future, she realises nothing is as it seems. Clinging on to fast-fading hope, she discovers she may not be alone in her predicament, and a mysterious stranger, who also seems to be stuck in 1982, is making Alex doubt that her current world is merely a figment of her imagination…

 

Episode 2
Monday 27th April 2009

DCI Gene Hunt, DI Alex Drake, DS Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton are in hot pursuit of major car thief Jed Wicklow. Gene is determined to catch Wicklow, but the thief’s driving becomes more erratic and the chase ends in tragedy. Gene stands accused of death by dangerous driving. However, Alex is adamant there was something wrong with Jed at the wheel and sets out to prove the crash wasn’t Gene’s fault.

Jed was a Romany and tensions are running high when his community discover what’s happened. A volunteer, Dr Battleford, tries to diffuse the situation but Gene is instantly suspicious of his motives. The post mortem shows a high level of sedatives in Jed’s system. Now dealing with a murder investigation, Gene and the team return to the Romany camp, where they uncover a large quantity of sleeping pills.

As the investigation takes a new direction, Gene is invited by Supermac into the inner sanctum of the ancient order of the Masons. Gene soon realises how deep the corruption runs, but will he succumb? Alex suspects that the only man she trusts in this world may have gone rotten, but could Gene just be playing a careful game?

Alex is still receiving messages about the future from a mysterious, haunting stranger, who appears to be offering her a way home. However, Alex can’t help but wonder if he really is the key to getting back to the future.

 

Episode 3
Monday 4th May 2009

A group of animal-rights activists has threatened a series of assaults on London, and a petrol bomb attack leaves the 10-year-old daughter of a commercial lab owner critically ill in hospital. DCI Gene Hunt is outraged at the maiming of an innocent child and gives DI Alex Drake and the team strict orders not to sleep until the culprits have been brought to justice.

Gene and Alex’s first stop is a prison where known animal-rights campaigner, Robin Elliot, is serving time for killing a scientist. Robin is extremely weak from a hunger strike and, although he has had no contact with the outside world for 10 years, Alex is convinced he knows about the planned attacks. His seemingly incoherent ramblings also shock Alex when she realises that he may know about her situation and be able to help her get back to her own time.

Realising they are short on leads, the team trawl through Robin’s past and visit his old lodger, Jeremy, now a respectable psychoanalyst. Jeremy agrees to help with the investigation as the team race against time to find out where the next attack will take place.

Meanwhile, Gene is drawn deeper into the web of corruption weaving its way through the force. He and right hand men, DS Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton, are shocked when Supermac threatens to relocate Gene to Plymouth. Gene is fighting for his career, Alex is fighting for her life, could it be they’re both fighting losing battles?

 

Episode 4
Monday 11th May 2009

When a blast from the past, Jackie Queen, shows up at CID, DCI Gene Hunt is far from pleased. He is even less delighted when the nosy journalist from Manchester announces she is pregnant and that he is the father. However, telling Gene about the baby is not Jackie’s only reason for visiting. Her 16-year-old niece, Rachel, has run away and Jackie needs Gene’s help. She fears Rachel has been lured into the seedy underbelly of the capital, and is desperate to know if she’s okay.

When Gene, DI Alex Drake, DS Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton stake out the coach station, with Jackie in tow, they see young girls who have travelled down from Manchester being picked up by a sleazy-looking man. As Jackie’s fears for Rachel grow, Gene becomes determined to find out the fate of the teenage runaways.

WPC Shaz Granger goes undercover and the investigation soon points the team to Ralph Jarvis. On the surface, Ralph appears to be a legitimate businessman, but Gene and Alex smell a rat and are convinced he’s responsible for the disappearance of many of the girls.

The investigation soon slows down, however, when it’s met with resistance from within the force – someone is protecting Ralph. And when the team discovers “Supermac” has connections to the suspect, it appears their boss may be involved. The loyalty of the whole team is soon put to the test as they struggle to accept that Supermac could be anything other than a good copper. Gene knows they have to put a stop to it, but could it all be too little too late?

 

Episode 5
Monday 18th May 2009

The Met is in trouble. Following the death of Supermac, stories of corruption have made it to the press and DCI Gene Hunt needs a big collar to salvage the reputation of the force.

When a violent burglary takes place, it seems this could be Gene’s chance to show the public what the police are for. However, when DI Alex Drake discovers the burglary took place at the house of her future in-laws, she comes face-to-face with a 14-year-old Peter Drake – Molly’s dad. Alex, still hurting from Peter’s treatment of her and Molly in the future, can’t help but take out her anger on him.

Meanwhile, when the fingerprints of a supposedly dead gangster, George Staines, are found at the crime scene, Gene realises this could be just the case he needs to save the force. When Gene and Alex talk to George’s mother, Elsie, she is convinced George is dead. But something isn’t adding up, especially when they discover a large amount of cash in Elsie’s biscuit tin.

Alex becomes suspicious of the Drake family’s neighbour, Gaynor, and when the team discovers she visited Elsie for no apparent reason, it seems she must have been the one to give Elsie the money. All the team has to do is link Gaynor to George. However, when Gene, with his trusted sidekicks DS Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton, trails Gaynor in the hope she will lead them to George, the case takes a different direction. They soon realise that it may not be quite as straightforward as they hoped…

 

Episode 6
Monday 25th May 2009

When DCI Gene Hunt and DI Alex Drake discover the body of Colin Mitchell floating in the canal, Gene is sure it’s an open-and-shut case; a simple drowning. However, when the post-mortem reveals it was murder, it seems Gene and the team have more on their hands than they first thought,

Gene and Alex visit Colin’s dad, Stanley, to break the news, while DS Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton visit Colin’s wife, Donna. It transpires that Colin was mixed up with a local loan shark, Trevor Riley, and Gene makes him their No.1 suspect. However, Riley is a slippery character and Gene needs something concrete to nail him for the murder. Old-school policing seems to be the answer, so Gene and the team head to Riley’s office after hours in the hope of furthering their investigation.

Despite nearly being caught in the act by Riley, Gene and Alex manage to retrieve some evidence in the form of a VHS tape. When they sit down to watch it they can barely believe their eyes – it seems they’ve been barking up the wrong tree all along and the case takes on a whole new direction.

Meanwhile, the messages Alex keeps receiving from the future are getting stronger; it looks like she’ll finally be operated on to remove the bullet in her head. Alex thinks her time in the Eighties is coming to an end, but is it that simple?

 

Episode 7
Monday 1st June 2009

Whilst DCI Gene Hunt and the team wait to intercept a simple drugs drop at a docklands building site, they make a grim discovery – the body of a Polish worker buried in the concrete. The murder investigation is instantly met with resistance from the site owner, Michael Lafferty. However, it doesn’t take Gene, DI Alex Drake, DC Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton long to work out why Lafferty doesn’t want them on his turf.

Gene is determined to end the crime and corruption on his patch. But nothing can prepare him for the shocking fact that one of his own may be involved. When crucial evidence in the case goes missing, Gene is left with no option but to set a trap to catch the traitorous mole.

Meanwhile, Alex is convinced she’s recovering in hospital and will be going home soon. However, as the twists and turns in the case distract her, she begins to feel further away than ever from her ultimate goal.

 

Episode 8
Monday 8th June 2009

When an informant is tortured and killed, DCI Gene Hunt is convinced that a major scam is about to happen and wants CID to fire on all cylinders to prevent it. It’s not long before Gene’s gut feeling is proved right, as he, DI Alex Drake, DS Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton receive information that a gold bullion heist is about to take place – police officers are planning to intercept the robbers and steal the gold for themselves.

Gene knows this is his chance to try and put a stop to the corruption worming its way through the force. However, he needs to keep his eye on the ball if he wants to succeed. Gene’s head is turned by Jenette, an attractive woman whose uncomplicated nature and simple belief in him offers him everything that Alex can’t. Jenette is in danger from those planning the heist and Gene is more than happy to personally ensure her safety.

Alex’s increasingly strange behaviour, meanwhile, is making Gene nervous. He’s not sure whose side Alex is on and this serious breakdown in their relationship is threatening to tear the whole team apart.

With more messages coming from “back home”, Alex is terrified that her time in the future is running out and is desperate for Gene’s help. However, the truth may be too big for Gene to comprehend. Alex soon finds herself in serious danger and her relationship with Gene is put to the ultimate test in a heart-stopping showdown.