The BEST Episodes of Ashes to Ashes

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2022

Network: BBC One

DCI Alex Drake of the Metropolitan Police is shot in the head and wakes to find herself apparently thrown back in time to 1981. She soon recognises DCI Gene Hunt and his team from detailed reports made by DCI Sam Tyler about his own trip to 1973. Alex, a modern, no-nonsense woman, soon clashes with her sexist colleagues but both DCIs have to learn to adjust while she tries to find a way back to 2008.

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Episode 8

#1 - Episode 8

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 21, 2010

DCI Gene Hunt and his team are investigating a diamond heist following the murder of three London gang members. But DI Alex Drake is distracted and, with encouragement from DCI Jim Keats, she decides to pursue her own investigation to the bitter end - did Gene Hunt murder Sam Tyler? When Gene discovers that Alex has gone, he races after her leaving Ray Carling, Chris Skelton and Shaz Granger to plan an ambitious sting operation. As Gene desperately tries to reach Alex before she discovers the truth, Chris, Shaz and Ray's world completely falls apart. It's time for Alex and the rest of the team to find out the truth about Gene Hunt...

star 8.57
484 votes
Directors: David Drury
Writers: Matthew Graham
Who Am I, Really?

#2 - Who Am I, Really?

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 8, 2009

After Alex catches an infection back in 2008, she knows the doctors think she wont pull through. Distance grows between Alex and Gene and their relationship is put under the greatest strain yet.

star 8.35
306 votes
Writers: Matthew Graham
Episode 7

#3 - Episode 7

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 14, 2010

DCI Jim Keats has almost finished his report into DCI Gene Hunt and his team, but he's still pushing DI Alex Drake to find out what really happened to Sam Tyler. When reports come in of a disturbance at an ANC illegal drinking den Gene heads in all guns blazing. The men at the club are quick to dismiss the disturbance as nothing, but when DI Ray Carling spots blood on the floor and discovers a dead body, it leads Gene into a murder investigation.

star 8.01
385 votes
Directors: David Drury
Writers: Ashley Pharoah
Episode 5

#4 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 30, 2010

When DCI Gene Hunt's former Manchester colleagues, DCI Litton and DI Bevan, turn up on his patch he immediately smells a rat. They're in pursuit of northern comic Frank Hardwick who's wanted for stealing 2,000 pounds from the Police Widows Fund. However, their desperation to track him down leaves Gene and DI Alex Drake suspicious of their real motive.

star 7.94
358 votes
Writers: Chris Hurford, Tom Butterworth
The Missing Link

#5 - The Missing Link

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 28, 2008

CID investigate a murder, and discover a plot to sell stolen nuclear secrets to the Revolutionary Workers Front. When Gene and Alex get trapped in a secret Government facility at Edgehampton, the temperature rises.

star 7.94
350 votes
Writers: Mark Greig
Charity Begins At Home

#6 - Charity Begins At Home

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 20, 2008

The team investigates the armed robbery of a fundraiser who has been travelling across the country in a bathtub full of baked beans to raise money for Children in Need. Alex thinks that a crime reconstruction on Police Five will do the trick, but Gene prefers some old-fashioned police work.

star 7.94
219 votes
Directors: Jonny Campbell
Writers: Matthew Graham
Blood Staines

#7 - Blood Staines

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 18, 2009

When a violent burglary occurs at Alex's in-laws' house, she comes face-to-face with their son Peter, the 14-year-old future father of Molly! Alex is desperate to help Molly's grandparents all she can, but Gene wants a big collar to bury the press stories of police corruption, and dismisses the case as trivial. When the fingerprints from the crime scene reveal the burglar was George Staines, a notorious gangster, now supposedly dead, Gene realises this could be the catch he was after. Alex remembers hearing stories about the burglary, and is convinced that she would remember if the culprit was as infamous as Staines. Gene is determined to uncover the truth and get the headline he deserves. Alex finally meets the mysterious man who has been leaving roses in her apartment and office. He tells her that she can go home to see her daughter again, but involves her becoming corrupt.

star 7.92
264 votes
Directors: Philip John
Writers: Julie Rutterford
Found in Soho

#8 - Found in Soho

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 20, 2009

When a dead man is found in a Soho strip club, it looks like a sex game has gone wrong. So when the deceased is discovered to be a police officer, Gene and Alex are ordered to keep the case under wraps.

star 7.91
307 votes
Writers: Ashley Pharoah
Alex's Big Day

#9 - Alex's Big Day

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 27, 2008

Alex is determined to prevent the murder of her parents in a car bomb attack. Gene, meanwhile, is determined to give a good impression to a visiting Lord Scarman, but the station is still dealing with the aftermath of a Gay Pride demonstration.

star 7.82
304 votes
Directors: Jonny Campbell
Writers: Ashley Pharoah
Truth Canal

#10 - Truth Canal

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 25, 2009

After a dead body is found in the canal it is identified as Colin Mitchell. Alex is certain that the dead man's wife Donna is not telling everything and she is determined to uncover the truth. Back in 2008, Alex has surgery to remove the bullet from her brain.

star 7.78
209 votes
Directors: Philip John
Writers: Jack Lothian
The Smoking Gun

#11 - The Smoking Gun

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 6, 2008

Gene and Alex discover that a notorious pimp and drug dealer has a major firearms deal in the pipeline. In an attempt to locate him, the team go undercover in a gay club, and Ray goes beyond the call of duty to get his man.

star 7.77
253 votes
Writers: Mark Greig

#12 - Traitor

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 1, 2009

CID find a body buried in concrete as they investigate a drugs drop at a building site. Alex thinks she is getting better and will soon wake up in her own time. Working on the case though starts to clash with her wish to be back home.

star 7.71
246 votes
Writers: Mark Greig
Episode 2

#13 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 9, 2010

A severed hand is sent to Fenchurch station. Discovering that several women have been murdered, Alex decides to join the dating agency they all used. Alex tries to discover the truth about Sam Tyler's death, but Gene is obstructive.

star 7.68
410 votes
Directors: David Drury
Writers: Ashley Pharoah
Episode 6

#14 - Episode 6

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 7, 2010

All hell has broken loose at Fenchurch East prison; the inmates are rioting and DCI Gene Hunt is ready to go in all guns blazing to teach the lags a lesson. However, things don't go to plan; the riot team are hugely outnumbered, and in the chaos of the retreat someone is left behind.

star 7.65
362 votes
Directors: Jamie Payne
Writers: James Payne
Episode 4

#15 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 23, 2010

Gene discovers that an undercover operation to catch several drug dealers is taking place on his patch without his knowledge. Determined to take control Hunt blows the cover of an undercover operative who turns up at CID and is eventually placed under his protection, yet it seems someone on the inside is twisting things to help the drug dealers stay out on the streets. Meanwhile, the deceased police officer continues to haunt Alex. Could he actually be her key to getting home?

star 7.61
446 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Jack Lothian
Nothing Changes

#16 - Nothing Changes

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 21, 2008

Fresh from a successful drugs bust, Gene and the team investigate a prostitute's rape allegation. A dangerous serial attacker may be at large, but the case is hampered by an unreliable witness and the suspect's connections.

star 7.57
323 votes
Writers: Julie Rutterford
Fight for their Rights

#17 - Fight for their Rights

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired May 4, 2009

Animal rights activists have threatened a series of attacks in London and the first victim, the daughter of a commercial laboratory owner, is in hospital. Gene orders his team not to sleep until those responsible are behind bars. Their first stop is a prison where Robin Elliot, a known animal rights campaigner, is serving time for killing a scientist in the 1970s. Alex is convinced that Robin knows about the planned attacks, but with no contact with the outside world, there doesn't appear to be any way for him to be involved. Robin's eerily prescient knowledge of the future makes Alex think that he could be involved not only with the case, but with her own fate; having heard the voices of ambulancemen, Alex worries that hope is fading for her survival in the present day.

star 7.57
267 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: Nicole Taylor
Episode 3

#18 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 16, 2010

Gene and the rest of CID are feeling the pressure to stop a series of politically motivated arson attacks in the lead up to the 1983 General Election, after a military compound and a polling station are set alight. DCI Jim Keats announces his plans to monitor the way Hunt and his team work while trying to turn each member of of the team against Gene. Elsewhere, Alex continues to mount her investigation into what really happened to Sam Tyler in 1980 and is struggling to work out why she is being haunted by the young police officer.

star 7.41
362 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Julie Rutterford
Over the Hill

#19 - Over the Hill

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 13, 2008

An armed robbery leads Gene to Chas Cale, a criminal he tried to bring down in Manchester. But when Chas reveals his alibi, Gene begins to wonder if he is past his prime as a DCI. Alex sends Ray and Chris undercover at the local pub in order to solve the case.

star 7.40
253 votes
Writers: Mick Ford
Gene's Queen

#20 - Gene's Queen

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 11, 2009

A face from Gene's old stomping ground of Manchester shows up called Jackie Queen. Jackie is a reporter who is investigating teenagers who traveled to London from the north and have disappeared.

star 7.39
238 votes
Directors: Ashley Pharoah
Writers: Ashley Pharoah
The Happy Day

#21 - The Happy Day

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 14, 2008

DCI Hunt is determined to keep a lid on protests against the London Docklands development. When a suspected member of the London Liberation Front is arrested, Alex asks her mother, a lawyer, to defend him. Meanwhile, Prince Charles is marrying Lady Diana Spencer and the in-crowd is partying at the Blitz Club.

star 7.33
406 votes
Directors: Jonny Campbell
Writers: Ashley Pharoah
Deja Vu

#22 - Deja Vu

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 7, 2008

DI Alex Drake is taken hostage and shot, and wakes up in a brothel... in 1981. Rescued in a police raid, she quickly recognises DCI Gene Hunt and his team from detailed reports made by DCI Sam Tyler about his own trip to 1973. Gene is determined to address London's growing drugs problem, and has targeted city playboy Edward Markham as the brains behind the operation. Alex suspects Arthur Layton, the man who kidnapped her in 2008. Could Layton be the key to her return to her own time?

star 7.26
474 votes
Directors: Jonny Campbell
Writers: Matthew Graham
Episode 1

#23 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 2, 2010

Alex soon realises she has not returned home after all, and wakes up in 1983. Gene is on the run, and DCI Jim Keats has arrived from Complaints to investigate CID following the shooting. Newly-promoted DI Ray Carling leads an investigation into the kidnapping of a young girl, and sets up a sting operation. Alex decides that she will have to discover the truth about Gene if she is ever to get back to her own time.

star 7.25
446 votes
Directors: David Drury
Writers: Matthew Graham
Reckless Driving

#24 - Reckless Driving

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 27, 2009

The team is on the hunt for major vehicle thief Jed Wicklow, but when a car chase leads to his death, Gene stands accused of causing it through reckless driving. Alex is adamant that there was something wrong with Jed at the wheel and wants to prove that the crash wasn't Gene's fault. The deceased Jed was a Romany gypsy, and hostilities run high on the camp as CID heavy-handedly try to uncover the circumstances of his death. But in an investigation that's already met with resistance, someone in the police force also appears to be standing in their way.

star 7.14
272 votes
Writers: Matthew Graham