There was always plenty of tension between Gene Hunt and Sam Tyler in Life On Mars. None of it was sexual though.
So, when Ashes To Ashes started, it put the misogynistic Gene Hunt up against the very modern-thinking Alex Drake. Drake’s a police psychologist who ends up in 1983 after she gets shot by a criminal she’s been chasing down.
Hunt, of course, relates to Drake in his usual way – major sexist outbursts like “Get your knickers on Bolls, we’re leaving” and last night’s classic “Does your bra open in the front or in the back?”
There are a handful of complicating factors though. For a start, Alex isn’t completely convinced that Hunt really exists – when she met him, she was convinced she was somehow carrying on Sam Tyler’s fantasy. And of course, she was trying desperately to return to her own world and her daughter.
Then, of course, the end of the first series of Ashes To Ashes suggested that it was a real-life Gene Hunt who saved her from the car bomb that killed her parents. Did she really meet Hunt as a child? Had he touched her life before any of this happened? To add to the confusion, Hunt shoots Alex in the stomach at the end of series 2, but the pair seem to have put that incident behind them.
Last night’s episode saw Gene and Alex come very close to a kiss in her flat, only to be interrupted by Jim Keats (the bugger). But at the end of the day, I actually think Gene and Alex’s relationship is far to complex to muddy up with a crude romance. Thankfully, Keats gave Alex some incriminating pictures to go off and investigate, so nothing actually happened.
So, the question to you lot: would a romance between Gene Hunt and Alex Drake work? And would it lead to her final abandonment of her daughter in the present?