"This series we get to see that Alex has calmed down a lot and has begun to settle into the 1980s environment. She now considers the people around her to be friends and because we have moved on a year, things aren't quite so heightened for her."
"I've found Alex really interesting to play this series,"continues Keeley,"because the lines are blurring between what she thinks is real and what isn't. She is now beginning to wonder whether the 2008 part of her life, including her daughter Molly, only ever existed in her head. It's definitely been an interesting angle to explore rather than the story simply concentrating on her trying to get back to the present."
"A strange man keeps leaving Alex roses which she initially thinks is another puzzle. She starts to investigate further believing that if she solves the puzzle she may be able to go home. There are certainly lots of twists but I can't give the game away!"
Alex's relationship with Gene
"They do still have their ups and downs,"reveals Keeley,"but Gene is beginning to take on board different ways of policing and is starting to understand forensics and the importance of collecting evidence. Occasionally he and Alex are quite in tune and they definitely admire each other to a certain extent."
"When Detective Superintendent 'Supermac' Mackintosh joins CID as Gene's boss Alex instantly likes him but then she starts to see a darker side to his life. Roger Allam who plays Supermac is absolutely fantastic. He's brought a mysterious side to the character and a darker side to the whole series which we're all really pleased with."
"Costume changes and fittings were very difficult during filming for series one because I was in so many scenes. Each change meant leaving the set and going to the costume department which took up a lot of time. So for this series the production team had to think up a way of building more time into my schedule. Ultimately this meant we had more opportunity to delve into Alex’s wardrobe which was great fun!"
"We haven't gone down the silly 80s fashion route because I don't think Alex would wear those clothes. However, Alex definitely wears a lot more outfits in this series and in one episode I think I have eight costume changes! I had one quite brilliant outfit which was a shirt with a giant pussy bow, covered in little anchors, tight jeans with red stripes down the side and anchor earrings which were on chains. It really was quite something! I also had a great Japanese look at one point. The costume department have gone to town with the details this series."
"My hair is now much shorter in real life because it had to undergo so much styling for the first series of Ashes followed by 'Mutual Friends' that I had to chop it all off before it fell out! So for this series of Ashes I've now got a growing out perm; a bit like Cagney from Cagney and Lacey. Most of it is my own hair but I needed a bit of extra length at the back so I have a hair piece that clips on easily."
Shooting this Series
"We all get on really well, thank goodness, and there was constant laughter on set. Dean and I would regularly laugh together and in fact last series was the first time ever I've been asked to leave a set because I couldn't stop laughing at Dean! I can honestly say we were all a bit better filming this series but it was still very difficult not to crack up. However, laughing releases a lot of energy so I think it is a healthy thing on set."
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