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Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes (2008)

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Genres: Crime, Drama

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Factual error: Series two is set in 1982. TV A.M. didn't come around till 1983 with Roland Rat on it.

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Factual error: The Audi Quattro used throughout the show has single unit rectangle type headlights. These type of headlamps were not used until the 1983 model year for that car. The earlier type were of four smaller separate square headlights.

Episode #1.8 - S1-E8

Factual error: When the bullion van leaves the yard a 1995 N reg Rover 600 is parked on the left hand side of the road, before Ray drives off in his Granada. In 1982 the Rover 600 was not even on the drawing board.

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Factual error: The police cars used in the show are Ford Granadas. The metropolitan (London) police did not use these cars - they used Rovers.

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Factual error: In Episode 6 when everyone is getting into the Audi, there is a MK4 blue Ford Escort in the background which wasn't manufactured until 85-86.

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Factual error: Yet another 1983 model transit van can be seen in episode 5 the third one in this series.

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Factual error: While the police are in the nightclub, the Human League's song "Don't You Want Me" can be heard playing. This was the Christmas number one in 1981, and wouldn't have been released during the summer.

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Character mistake: Series 1, Episode 3: When Alex tells Ray she will re-trace his steps for clues linking to the murder of a girl, he says, "Don't worry, lads! Wonder Woman's here!" Alex replies, "FYI DI Carling." Ray is a DS, not a DI.

JayAnnie

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Factual error: Series 2, episode 8: As the security van is leaving the depot it drives past an N-registration Rover 600. N registration is 1995/96 and the Rover 600 didn't go into production until 1993.

tony2x

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Factual error: During the shoot out at Kevin's flat, the car parked next to Gene's Audi, the one they hide behind, is a Talbot Alpine series 2, which didn't go on sale until October 1982.

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Factual error: Episode 3 - the white Ford transit van used in the chase at the start of the show is a 1983 model.

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Continuity mistake: In episode one, Alex Drake logs on to the computer in Gene Hunt's office. A shot shows the date: 17-07-1981. However, on a wall calendar Alex creates at her flat, the date of July 20th 1981 is circled, with the word "ARRIVED" written in large letters. That implies she arrived in 1981 on July 20th and not the 17th. So, which is the correct date, and what happened to the 18th and 19th July 1981?

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Plot hole: At the very end of series two, there was a shootout during an armed robbery. WPC Granger somehow had access to a firearm. Surely the fact of her uniform rank would not have allowed this.

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Factual error: Series 2, episode 3: "Is There Something I Should Know" by Duran Duran wasn't released until 1983.

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Factual error: Two police vehicles used in this show were made after July 1981. The transit van is a post-1983 model, and the Gord Granada MK2 is a facelift model which was not made until the autumn of 1981.

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Factual error: In Series 1 Episode 1, Alex wakes up in her new flat, and the song "Ashes to Ashes" can be heard. But the record player is on the very last track of David Bowie's "Scary Monsters" album, and "Ashes To Ashes" is the second to last track. Also, the label of the LP is the wrong color for the original 1980-81 release of the "Scary Monsters" LP: when it was released, the label was plain black with white writing, but Alex's version seems to have some characters across the middle.

Episode #3.4 - S3-E4

Revealing mistake: After DC Louise Gardiner dies, DCI Jim Keats closes her eyelids. She swallows as he moves his hand across her face.

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Factual error: When the police arrive at the prison during the riot, the transit van they jump out of is a post-1984 model fitted with a 1980/81 w registration number.

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Other mistake: the song 'Happy birthday' by 'Altered images' wasn't a hit until the autumn of 1981, and couldn't have been played at the boat party.

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Factual error: An Austin Maestro van is used in this episode, and although the hatchback Maestro started production in 1983, vans were not added to the range until 1984.

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Quotes

Gene Hunt: Fire up the Quattro!

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Trivia

When Alex goes into the Blitz Club, she hands her coat to the cloakroom attendant, saying, "Thank you, George". This is a sly reference to the singer Boy George, who, before becoming famous just one year later, really was the cloakroom attendant at the Blitz Club.

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