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Byline: Mickey McMonagle

ASHES TO ASHES (15) *****

The follow-up to Life On Mars but John Simm's Sam Tyler is gone, replaced by Keeley Hawes. Her snooty, irritating Alex Drake was not a big hit with fans but that is the point - she is meant to be a fish out of water surrounded by laddish 80s men.

The real star of the show is Philip Glenister's Gene Hunt, a misogynistic, hilarious man's man. He carried both seasons of Life On Mars and does so here.

There are the expected classic lines, such as "fire up the Quattro"and the tension over the course of the series is good as Alex tries to stop her parents dying.

This is a great follow-up to one of the most inventive TV shows in years.


This film won rave reviews at the cinema and deservedly so.The dynamic chemistry between Tom Hanks'dodgy senator and Philip Seymour Hoffman's jaded CIA man make it one of the most compelling political dramas you will ever see.

Based on real events, this film is so well written and acted it never feels like a history lesson. It's tense and unmissable from start to finish.

Politician Charlie Wilson (Hanks) learns about the suffering of the people in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan and sets out to help fight them.


This chirpy British gangster comedy drama has a great cast, including Sadie Frost, Ray Winstone, Jonny Lee Miller, Jude Law and Sean Pertwee.

Directors Dominic Anciano and Ray Burdis create a brilliantly funny, quirky film in which gangland battles become the stuff of hilarity. Superb.


This documentary series follows the lives of the men who risk constant danger on the frozen lakes of northern Canada.

You can make a fortune mining there but to get supplies there and bring back the booty, roads are ploughed into the massive expanses of ice which cover the lakes.

But ice weakens - especially if too many trucks pass or drive too fast. Often a truck will plummet through the surface, sink and bring certain death for the hapless driver.

The tension is amazing - especially when underwater cameras show the ice cracking.


Proper Charlie Hanks with Hoffman; Man's man Glenister
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 4, 2008
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