Ashes to Ashes

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Factual error: The Vauxhall Cavalier seen in episode 6 wasn't on sale until September 1981.

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Factual error: In Episode 5, when Chris and Ray pull away in the green car to Garside workshops, a white modern day Mercedes Sprinter van is visible behind them (immediately in front of the red Vauxhall Cavalier that drives past which, incidentally, is also out of place for 1981).

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Factual error: In episode two, "Souvenir" by OMD was featured. It was not released until a month after the royal wedding that year.

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Factual error: One of the songs played on the boat party is too early for july 1981. "Ay Ay Ay Ay Mosey" by Modern Romance was a Christmas time hit that year.

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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. (00:43:00)

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

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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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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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Factual error: "Walking on Sunshine" wasn't a hit until 1985. "Two Tribes" by Frankie-goes-to-Hollywood wasn't out till June 84, not 83. As for "Uptown Girl," it wasn't out till the Autumn.

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Factual error: Series 3 episode 2: at the end of this episode Cyndi Lauper's record "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" is being played. Unfortunately this song wasn't issued until 1984 - the year after the show was set.

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Factual error: The Ford Granada driven by Ray in the final episode of series two is a Facelift Mark 2 model first made Autumn 1982. But it has a V registration, meaning it was first registered between August 1979 and July 1980.

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Factual error: Series 2, episode 6: A white Austin Maestro van can be seen. These didn't start production until 1984.

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Factual error: Season 2, episode 2: When Alex leaves the police station at the start of the episode, there is a police liveried Vauxhall Cavalier MK2 with a cross hatched front grille. The episode is set in 1982, and this type of grille didn't appear until the Cavalier was facelifted in 1986.

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Factual error: Series 2, episode 1: Two songs heard in this episode, "Rio" by Duran Duran and "Mirror Man" by the Human League, were Christmas time hits in 1982. This episode is set during the Falklands war (April-June, 1982), so these two songs would not have been released yet.

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Plot hole: Series 1, Episode 7: Alex has a car wrecked by having a tank driven over it. She is seen in the turret, so who was behind the wheel?

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Continuity mistake: At the end, when Daniel gets into the green van to drive away, he enters through the passenger door leaving the door wide open, then driving off with it still open. Next shot from a different angle, the door is closed.

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Factual error: Series 1 episode 2: Steve Strange announces that the song his band Visage have just performed, "Fade to Grey," is their new single. "Fade to Grey" was a hit in the Autumn of 1980. Visage had issued two more singles after "Fade to Grey," both of which were hits in 1981: "Mind of a Toy" and the self-titled "Visage," which would have been their most recent release when this episode was set.

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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