Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes (2008)

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Episode #1.1 - S1-E1

Corrected entry: In episode one, Alex Drake goes into Gene Hunt's office and tries to log on using the computer she finds there. The computer shows a specific date: 17-07-81. The computer is an IBM Model 5150 Personal Computer, which did not go on sale until August 12th 1981, almost a month later.

Correction: The computer appears to be a (Commodore PET) CBM 4000 series computer, not a IBM Model 5150 Personal Computer. The CBM 4000 series was launched in 1980.

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Corrected entry: Series 3, the final episode: "Holiday" by Madonna was not issued until 1984.

Correction: It's actually from September 1983, from an album released in July 1983.

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Corrected entry: When Chris and Ray are trying to think of five famous people born in Devon, one of the names they mention is racing driver Nigel Mansell, who was in fact born in Worcestershire.

Correction: Character mistake. Both Chris and Ray are not exactly the brightest and best the Police have in their ranks.


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Corrected entry: In episode two in the nightclub, after Visage have performed "Fade to Grey," their lead singer Steve Strange says, "I hope you enjoyed our new single, 'Fade to Grey.'" "Fade to Grey" was in fact a chart hit in the Autumn of 1980, so would have been old news in the Summer of 1981.

Correction: If it's the last single they released, it's still their "new" single. And it's not unusual for a single to still be playing live, or on the radio, less than a year after it was a hit.


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Corrected entry: In episode 2, Alex Drake and the property developer Moore go to the Blitz club in Covent Garden, London. This club is well documented as having a very strict dress code with reports of people being turned away for very obscure reasons. Even "making an effort" wouldn't have been enough to gain entry. Everyone in the club, except Alex Drake and Moore, was "dressed up" in what came to be called "New Romantic" outfits, including two (off duty) members of Alex's team. It would've been impossible for Alex Drake or Moore to have entered the club wearing the "normal" clothes they had been wearing in the previous scene in the wine bar.

Correction: Moore is very rich and important. Thus, he could bribe his way in.

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Corrected entry: Gene Hunt's car is a red Audi quattro - with right hand drive. The show is set in 1981 - but the Audi quattro was manufactured in left hand drive only until October 1982.

Correction: Already corrected.

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Corrected entry: DCI Gene Hunt drives a red Audi quattro in this series, which is set in 1981. However, he is driving a right hand drive Audi quattro. Audi quattros were only available in left hand drive until September 1982.

Correction: If we follow Alex's reasoning (that this is all in her imagination), & we've no reason to believe otherwise as yet, then this is due to Alex misremembering things & is a character mistake at best.

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Corrected entry: After Alex Drake is shot in the head, she seems to travel back in time to 1981 (that is the show's entire premise). One of the first clues Alex gets about being in 1981 is seeing a wall covered in posters advertising the single "Prince Charming" by Adam & The Ants. However, the rest of this episode is dated between 1st to 21st July 1981, and "Prince Charming" was not released until September 12th 1981.

Correction: Record companies back in the 80's would advertise singles well in advance of their actual release date, there is nothing strange about the poster being up that early before the singles release.

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Corrected entry: When Alex leaves the ladies - after chasing the mysterious clown figure - "Fade to Grey" by Visage comes to an end and Steve Strange (lead singer of Visage) can be heard in the background saying, "Hope you enjoyed our new single". The episode is set in the same week as the Royal Wedding (21st-29th July). However, "Fade to Grey" had charted in the top 40 @ No. 33 on the 17th January 1981 - six months earlier.

Correction: It's possible that there was technical mistake regarding the date on Gene's IBM Model 5150 computer, and that Alex had to use another source (such has a newspaper) to verify the actual date.My parents used to have an old IBM Computer similar to that, and I remember (small) mistakes like that did occur from time to time on theirs.

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Corrected entry: Gene Hunt's red Audi quattro was a very exclusive and expensive car in 1981. The price for a new Audi quattro in 1981 was £14,664.00. That's more (at the time) than a Jaguar XJS or Mercedes SL. How could Gene Hunt afford such an expensive car on a DCI's salary?

Correction: This is a question, not a mistake. Please post in that section.

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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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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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