Ashes to Ashes – Season 3 Episode 2 (of 8)
First transmission on Friday April 9th, 2010
The official details…
When DC Chris Skelton opens CID’s post and discovers a human hand, DCI Gene Hunt and his team find they have a murder to solve.
The only defining feature on the severed hand is a strange burn mark and DI Alex Drake and the team discover there have been a string of single women murdered across the country, each left with the same crescent-moon shaped burn. It seems all the women had one thing in common; they were members of the Crescent Moon Dating Agency.
When Alex registers with the agency and gets nowhere she decides to take matters into her own hands and invents speed dating, much to the distaste of the agency’s owner, Elaine Downing.
As Luigi’s fills up, Alex does her best to play the lonely single woman. DI Ray Carling and Chris find themselves an attractive pair of twins to charm, while Gene, on the other hand, is struggling to attract anyone of the opposite sex.
Meanwhile, WPC Shaz Granger, feeling let down by the police force, has handed in her notice. But Gene manages to persuade her to take on one final operation, going undercover to catch the man they believe is the killer. As Shaz puts herself in the firing line it seems this may be her last sting in more ways than one…
Alex is still working to discover the truth behind Sam Tyler’s death after her tip-off from Jim Keats that Gene had something to do with it. When Gene discovers what she’s up to he can’t help but intervene.
DC Chris Skelton is played by Marshall Lancaster, DCI Gene Hunt by Philip Glenister, DI Alex Drake by Keeley Hawes, Elaine Downing by Beth Goddard, DI Ray Carling by Dean Andrews, WPC Shaz Granger by Montserrat Lombard and Jim Keats by Daniel Mays.