Also known as the 'Gene Genie', the boozing, womanizing, rough-housing, politically incorrect DCI. He's not the freewheeling Big Dog that he was in Manchester; London is too big for him to take on the "sheriff" role he had Oop North. DI Sam Tyler (see Life on Mars (2006)) must have been a good influence, as Gene is now on a mission to clean up the corrupt police force.
Angel Unaware: One day in 1953, a young PC named Gene Hunt died after surprising a burglar with a shotgun. He woke up in Dead Copper Purgatory and remade it - and himself - into what he most wanted to be; a Cowboy Cop, old-school John Wayne or Gary Cooper type, where there's always bad guys to catch, but they're all afraid of the Gene Genie. Except he doesn't remember any of this until someone like Sam or Alex comes along and asks too many questions about the world.
Wife Husbandry: With Alex. Though justified, what with the time travel.
Younger than They Look: Despite having the appearance of a middle-aged adult, Gene is technically a nineteen-year-old boy (given that he died at that age and still retains much of his teenage mindset). It is implied that whilst in purgatory, he adopted the appearance he imagined he would have had as a seasoned adult cop.
The time traveler this time around. She's a psychologist and an expert in profiling, and was writing a book about Sam Tyler. Alex is divorced from her former husband, Peter, and they have a daughter named Molly.
Dead All Along: Well, only in season three. The first two seasons, she was in a coma (like Sam) from the bullet she was shot with in the pilot. She actually dies in 3.01 when she "wakes up" in 1983 to Gene slapping her.
Deadpan Snarker: "Your 'Sea Scallops with Pineapple Rings' are a memory that I'll take to my grave."
Dirty Harriet: A few times, including the pilot, where half of Fenchurch mistakes her for a prostitute.
Genre SavvyandWrong Genre Savvy - Alex initially thought she knew exactly what was happening to her - specifically, that she was in Life on Mars - but she and the audience are increasingly certain that she doesn't have complete information.
Heroic BSOD: Alex is kind of prone to these, though they are understandable.
Ms. Fanservice: Oh boy howdy is she ever. Shall we list? Hooker Dress #1 in the pilot, bare bum-stamping in 1.02, Catwoman costume in 1.03, strips to her bra in 1.04, Hooker Dress #2 in 1.05, down to her bra again in 1.06, the many, many off-the-shoulder, bra-strap-baring tops, her various high-heeled boots . . . and this is just season one.
Pretty in Mink: Alex, in her posh hooker getups and her date outfit in 3.07.
A rough character who seems to live most of his life with little to no control over his impulses. Has nothing but contempt for minorities, women, and anyone who isn't a 'man's man'. But Ray is not without redeeming qualities, having a crooked streak of chivalry running through him.
Character Development: Both he and Alex start to respect each other more in Series 2; and in series 3, not only does he get an excellent day in the limelight episode, he makes DI and is generally more respected by the team.
Took a Level in Badass: Her Crowning Moment Of Awesome in 2.08 - shooting a suspect about to kill Chris. While wearing her wedding dress. Not to mention in 3.08 when she expertly takes down a Dutch drug smuggler by kneeing him in the groin, disarming him, putting him in an armlock and putting his own gun to the back of his head.
PC (later Sergeant) Vivian "Viv" James (Geoff Francis)