YMMV / Ashes to Ashes

  • Acceptable Targets: Fun drinking game - count the number of offensive Italian jokes directed at Luigi. If you're still conscious past the first three episodes, you're doing it wrong.
  • Awesome Ego: Gene Hunt.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Gene Hunt.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Literally. When Gene starts to remember who he is, he describes the world the series is set in as "Somewhere we go to sort ourselves... Coppers." Nelson (from Life On Mars) is the gatekeeper, and Gene guides lost souls to him.
  • Foe Yay: Gene and Keats. Gene and Supermac (sauna scene anyone?). Also Alex and Keats.
  • Growing the Beard: With some exceptions, series 1 in general has a much more frivolous feel to it, particularly in the behaviour of Alex's character. The drama gets much better when she becomes more the serious police officer from series 2 onwards.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the very first episode. Remember how confident Alex was about getting home to see her daughter and "I am not going to die."? Yeah...
    • Also, during episode 3.06, Ray tells Viv to go to Hell. It's later implied that thanks to Keats, that's exactly where he went.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Chris and Ray, nigh constantly.
    • In episode 3.04, "Gene <3 Sam".
  • Les Yay: Shaz and Alex, considering Shaz's appreciation of Alex's hooker dress and insistence that she'd pay for a night with Alex.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • DI Lestrade as Thatcherite Wanker in 1x02.
    • Jim Keats popped up on Outcasts as an Anti-Hero security officer and on Doctor Who as Alex, the dad in "Night Terrors".
    • Caroline Price is now Sgt. Murray on Scott and Bailey.
    • Watching The Borgias can get very uncomfortable if you're used to seeing Sean Harris (Micheletto) as Arthur Leyton.
      • Particularly given his, er, brief relationship with Maria, the maid played by Montserrat Lombard, a.k.a. Shaz. (If it helps, they're friends in Real Life and have made a few short films together so far.)