Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes (2008)

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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.

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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: 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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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: 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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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.

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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 episode 5, have we moved on into 1982? "Golden Brown" by The Stranglers and "Ghosts" by Japan are used. Alex's wall chart still has her in 1981, to the best of my knowledge. These two songs were not released that year.

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Factual error: When Alex's mother opens her front door to her, an Austin Maestro drives past the house. These did not start production until 1983.

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Factual error: During the motorbike chase at the start, the Audi screeches around a corner and narrowly misses a pedestrian. When Gene shouts "what's up with you this morning, you haven't got the decorators in again.", modern day vehicles including a white LDV pickup truck (you can tell by the grille badge) can be seen in the background.

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Factual error: At the start of episode two, Alex Drake is in her flat, on the sofa, flicking through the channels on the TV. We see, in quick sucession, clips from "The Nine O'Clock News", "Panorama", and "Nationwide". However, all three of these progammes were, in July 1981 (the episode is specifically dated 23rd July 1991), broadcast on the same channel (BBC 1) and at different times on different days, not at the same time on different channels.

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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 5, an austin maestro van can be seen parked outside the police station. These did not start production until 1984.

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Factual error: During a scene in ep 3 when Gene and Alex are talking in the police station, a poster from the 1981 Bond film For Your Eyes Only can be seen in the far distance. This is correct, and 'in period' for July 1981. However, next to it, on the left, is a promotional photo of Kelly LeBrock in a red dress taken for the film Weird Science which was released in 1985.

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Factual error: I can remember the early 80s. The country was in recession and there were certainly no Thatcherite yuppies about. They didn't show until 1985/86 onwards.

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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.

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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: 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.

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

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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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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.

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Character mistake: In the episode about the prostitute killer, observe the singers in the church choir. One of them hasn't a clue as to the lyric of "Oh Happy Day." Bloke in second row.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening minutes of Series 2, Episode 6 (just after the recap of the previous week's episode) we see Alex Drake chasing a suspect through a crowd of "fun runners" all going for a jog. Notice that Alex is wearing a red scarf around her neck - and a narrow red belt around her waist. A few seconds later, Alex is standing alone, hallucinating, and the red belt she was wearing has disappeared.

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Factual error: Series 2, episode 2: The song "Wishing I Had a Photograph of You" by A Flock of Seagulls can be heard, but it wasn't released until the autumn of 1982.

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Continuity mistake: In episode 8, after Gene Hunt's berating of Lord Scarman, Alex is seen clapping in closeup. When the shot is panned back, she is standing with her arms folded.

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