Meet Your Next Sam Tyler: Keeley Hawes Joins Life On Mars Sequel

The rumors have been floating around the Internet for some time now, but today it’s been confirmed: Keeley Hawes, star of MI-5 and The Best Man, will play Gene Hunt’s partner in Ashes To Ashes, the 1980s-set sequel to Life On Mars. She’ll play DI Alex “Posh Knickers” Drake. Hawes says, according to Contact Music, “I’m thrilled to be playing Alex. She’s a fantastic character and will be a force to be reckoned with as far as Gene Hunt is concerned; the two of them locking horns in the Eighties will certainly be a sight to behold, never mind the shoulder pads.”It’s pretty damn ace casting; Hawes is great at conveying steeliness without sacrificing her femininity. Can’t wait to see her go toe-to-toe with Philip Glenister.

Hawes is shown above with her dishy husband and MI-5 co-star, Matthew Macfayden.

Also in the rumors-proven-true file, Kylie Minogue‘s going on Doctor Who, and here’s the photo to prove it.(Daily Mail)

In other news:

  • The filming of an explosion for Torchwood set off terrorist fears in Cardiff.(Digital Spy)
  • Tony Jordan, co-creator of Life On Mars, is holding a screenwriting competition in the UK.(The Stage)
  • The award-winning comedy The Thick Of It is back on the BBC.(Mirror)
  • Viewers want the BBC to be even more innovative, a report says. (BBC)
  • Who’s copying who?: BBC accuses ITV of “copycat” programming.(Guardian)
  • The success of Britain’s Got Talent has convinced ITV to order a full series for Saturday nights.(The Sun)
  • Simon Cowell would like to play a Bond villain, sources say.
    (Digital Spy)
  • Mark Ronson wants to do the next Bond theme with Amy Winehouse.(MI6)
Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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