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'Ashes To Ashes' gets second series

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'Ashes To Ashes' gets second series
BBC One drama Ashes to Ashes will return for a second series, it has been confirmed.

The show, though not as popular as predecessor Life On Mars, has achieved a strong average audience of 6.5m viewers. The final episode of series one aired last night.

Simon Crawford-Collins, Ashes executive producer and head of drama at producer Kudos, said: "The '80s have had a real revival over the past few months. Ashes To Ashes seems to have captured the imagination of the nation.

"I’m sure viewers will be desperate to know who’s back in the second series but for now they’ll just have to tune into the last episode of series one to find out."

Julie Gardner, executive producer for the BBC and head of drama at BBC Wales, said she was "delighted" with the news.

"The series epitomises all that is great about BBC drama with its bold, confident storytelling and great characters," she added. "I can't wait for more blue eyeliner, Quattro cars and '80s music to burst on to our screens in 2009!"

Filming will begin in the summer for the show to return next year.

> Click here for our review of the Ashes To Ashes season finale

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