finally caught up with ‘Ashes to Ashes’: Series One (plus announcing ‘Life on Mars’ blogging)

And my mind is a little bit blown. I don’t think Ashes to Ashes, at least this first batch, is quite as absolutely brilliant genius as proper Life on Mars (we don’t talk about the American abomination here, at least not any more), but it’s close.

I’ve had a lot to say about Life on Mars for ages now — and I can see that I’m going to have a lot to say about AtA — and I suppose it’s finally time to get down to it. I could easily write a book about LoM, but I think the best place to get started is with episode-by-episode blogging, which will commence the weekend after Doctor Who ends. So look for my detailed commentary on the first episode of Life on Mars over the weekend of July 3, and then running through the weekend of October 17. Then I’ll pick up with Ashes to Ashes. (I’ve already got the Series 2 box set, and Series 3 will be out on Region 2 DVD next month, so I’ll be ready.) There three AtA series should keep me busy through to mid April of next year… at which point we should be getting the next series of Doctor Who (after the already confirmed Christmas special — hoorah!).
I know that many minds were blown by the recently aired finale of Ashes to Ashes, but I’ve avoided actually hearing any spoilers. So feel free to discuss AtA (or LoM) here, if you like, but for my benefit (and for the benefit of those readers who haven’t seen either or both shows yet), please don’t post anything even remotely spoilish without a very prominent warning.

If you want to watch along with me, you have been warned. If you need DVDs, Life on Mars is available complete in one box set in Region 1 from Amazon U.S. and in Region 2 from Amazon U.K.; at Amazon Canada, currently the two series are available in separate box sets [Series 1] [Series 2], and a complete-in-one-box set will be released on July 6 [Complete].

Ashes to Ashes is not yet available in Region 1; I can’t find any info on potential release dates, but hopefully it won’t be too far in the future. For Region 2 DVDs from Amazon U.K., Series 1 and 2 are available in one box; Series 3 will be released on July 5. (Region-free DVD players are a geek’s best friend.)

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