The Telegraph reports today that Ashes to Ashes has been commissioned for a second series. Hooray for the Powers that Be at the BBC for actually understanding and appreciating that this series has legs.
Tonight is the finale of Season 1. I am really looking forward to it. While not being as good as Life on Mars ( and I suspect that is because the individual story lines are not as robust), it remains one of the best things on television, chiefly because of Philip Glenister.
Glenister is a hugely talented actor and it is wonderful to see him getting the recognition that he deserves.
Plus, it is fantastic to have an alpha male character that remains true to his code of honour, instead of being metro sexual or somehow compromising his core beliefs. The appeal of Gene Hunt echoes the appeal of the hero in romantic fiction. And it is not the looks as much as strong integrity. The knowing you can count on him when the chips are down and that he will fight for his beliefs and his team. It is a fantasy as much as anything as the thought of living with an unreconstructed alpha male in real life is quite frightening. But if you can understand the appeal of the uber alpha male, you can understand the appeal of Gene Hunt.