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Friday, June 15, 2007

Alex Or Not?

Greetings Martians, as time creeps up on us all everyone is waiting in anticipation to find out who will play Alex Drake. Suggestions have been previously thrown around as to who will get it, but at this stage there has still been no formal announcement made by the BBC or Kudos. This announcement I expect to be made in the coming weeks, with filming commencing in July.

Up until now the hot favourite for the role was Thandie Newton, of Mission Impossible II and ER fame. We even did a poll on it here as to who you thought would be suitable. Unfortunately for Thandie she just did not cut it here, although the results were very close and nearly tied.

When the poll was run, there was only a couple names being suggested. Wikipedia has recently amended their Ashes To Ashes page, to advise us that Alex will be played by Keeley Hawes of Tipping the Velvet and Spooks fame. What it neglects to do though is mention where it sources this information. Keely's own Wikipedia page has not been up-dated, this may though simply be an oversight. One thing is for certain and that is, we will find out who Alex is very soon now.

'Til next time Martians, peace.


Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Amazing What Can Happen In 1 Day!

Well it is amazing Martians. Yesterday I was telling you that there was nothing really to report, I was wrong. After some further scouring I discovered a couple of news tidbits, to tickle your fancy. Ashley Pharoah series co-producer and writer has already finished writing the first episode, and is onto the second one.

Although he didn't really let anything go about episode one, other than how Alex ends up in 1981. Guess what? Well come on, okay I hear you. She doesn't get there via a car accident, like Mr Tyler. Alexs' travel to 1981 is through a coma, but is the result of her being shot in the head. Glad to see a spin on it, guys.

Episode two takes place during the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles, so more than likely we will get to see some archival footage of the actual wedding rather than a re-enactment by some actors. Ashley goes onto to add that in the episode, Gene and the gang end up at the Blitz Club. Which is where the "New Romantic" genre of music is supposed to have stemmed from. Gene apparently hates New Romantics, referring to them as a bunch of southern poofs in make-up. Well, we are talking about Gene Hunt here.

The above information is courtesy of the July issue of Death Ray Magazine, go out and grab yourself a copy. Other than this, Marshall Lancaster was recently interviewed about the Life On mars Bafta Awards snubbing. He had a bit of a joke about it as well, but being, we'll skip that bit. I'll post it later on What I would like to mention her though is that Marshall is currently starring in a stage production of Wuthering Heights. After it finishes, he gets a couple of weeks off then its straight into filming Ashes To Ashes.

In the interview Marshall stated the following, "I'll be doing pretty much the same role. I've been described as a techno wizard this time, having been a bit of a div in the two series so far, and apparently I'll have a girlfriend, who gets kidnapped, but I better not say too much!" he said, stopping himself. Good to see Chris finally coming out of his shell, three cheers for the DIV!

Well Martians, that's probably the best news installment we've had so far covering the show. I do imagine this should continue from now on though, with the filming commencement rapidly approaching. 'Til next time Martians, peace and keep it UN-PC or you maybe the next nonce Gene (Philip Glenister) Kicks!


Tuesday, June 5, 2007

First Poll Results.

Still nothing really to report, no confirmations on casting yet other than Gene, Chris and Ray. I guess Kudos are trying to keep us all in suspense, or maybe they are just simply using the George Lucas / Russell T Davies method of information dispersal. Damn! No fair! Any way Martians, some site news for you. Our first poll has now finally closed, we also have a new one for you as well.

Firstly though, the results. While at the beginning of the poll things seemed to be going in favour of the gorgeous Thandie (well I think she is any way), the tables turned at the mid way point. From personal feedback, namely being from Philip Glenister Index. It was discovered that most of the no voters, seemed to be female. Hmmm perhaps if the new lead character was male like Sam, and played by a pretty boy such as Brad Pitt for example, we may have seen the same from male voters. Just speculating really, ahem.

The results ended up being quite close with the Yes voters being 41%, the No voters being 46% and the undecided or maybe voters being a total of 14%.

I also mentioned we were starting a new poll, well its next to this post you can't miss it. The new poll asks the question, "What are you looking forward to seeing the most in Ashes To Ashes?". I've cast my vote, I'm for the Gene - Genie? So what are you looking forward to? This time around the poll includes an "other" section where you can place your own option if its not listed, please don't abuse this. 'Til next time Martians, peace and funk to funky!