Tuesday, January 29, 2008

More on "Ashes"

Forgot to post this one the other day.

K-H.com also has another trailer with a couple of new scenes here (Quicktime).

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Wendy Leather

Another production still of Keeley as Wendy Leather in The Bank Job. (The other one is here.)

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

"Ashes to Ashes" Interview

"Will Gene Hunt fall "fowl" of DI Drake?"

Keeley Hawes (Spooks) beat hundreds of hopefuls to don her leg warmers and play ambitious, psychological profiler DI Alex Drake who, when finding herself stuck in 1981, takes on the infamous DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) in Ashes To Ashes, the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Life On Mars.

Single mother to daughter Molly, Alex has rapidly risen through the ranks of the Met and, in the modern world of 2008, skilfully uses psychological profiling to capture suspects.

When Alex and her daughter are kidnapped she makes a daring attempt at escape, resulting in a horrific accident.

Alex suddenly finds herself in 1981 interacting with familiar characters, not just from her own life-time, but also from the detailed reports logged by none other than Sam Tyler, which Alex has previously spent months poring over.

Ripped from her current world of sexual equality and respect, she finds herself faced with the boorish Gene in a two-tone, New Romantic, Eighties London with a soundtrack of Adam Ant, Roxy Music and The Human League ringing in her ears.

Here, Keeley talks to Programme Information about her character, dubbed "Bolly Knickers" by her Eighties colleagues.

What is Alex like?

She's ballsy, confident and bright and is more than a match for Gene. Alex was a psychologist to Sam Tyler and, when she gets shot, she realises she has been propelled into the past; into the new world of Gene Hunt and the boys. She realises she is re-imagining somebody else's creations. She doesn't believe that they're real; she believes they're creations.

What is Alex's main focus for getting home?

Alex has a daughter, Molly, to get back to in 2008 and obviously, as anyone would, she wants to get back as fast as she can. However, she does have moments that she really enjoys, like the different ways of policing, but ultimately, she wants to get back to her daughter. She enjoys her relationship with Gene Hunt – it's sexy and fun, so there's an emotional pull both ways, but she does want to get back to Molly and modern times.

Alex is haunted by an eerie-looking clown. What is his significance to Alex's journey?

He's an expression of her fears about death and Molly. He's the very darkest, deepest parts of her brain that she doesn't really want to go to. He is such a genius creation; lots of people don't like clowns, especially the Pierrot clown which was very Eighties.

What do you think makes the clown so sinister?

I think it's probably his unpredictability. I never know what he's going to do from one minute to the next and it's things that horror stories are made of. A clown should make you laugh, but this one actually just makes the hairs on your arm go up!

Alex is a really ballsy woman. Do you think she is brave to try to take on Gene or should she embrace his help?

It's in her nature to take Gene on and she usually knows that she's right, but occasionally she is prepared to back down and deals with Gene via a good sense of humour. Her knowledge of the future makes dealing with Gene easier for her. She doesn't have the awe and respect for Gene like the others, because she finds him a bit of a dinosaur. Instead, she finds the way he carries on quite amusing, I don't think she's truly offended by him.

Gene and Alex have a real love-hate relationship. Do you think Alex could ever give in to Gene's charms or will her pride always stop her?

I think their love-hate relationship is great. Quite often, when people fancy each other, they dress it up as love-hate because it's easier to deal with. Gene and Alex go out for dinner and they have a nice time, so I think she's actually quite surprised to learn that underneath everything, it's possible for them to really enjoy each other's company – which is what everyone will want to see, but it quickly goes horribly wrong.

What has been your favourite scene to film?

I love the scenes in Luigi's since it's great to be able to see people on screen have a drink and a smoke; it's real and, quite often these days, you don't see that. Generally, those scenes are at the end of the day so we're all quite relaxed. We're usually all in them and everybody gets on really well.

We shot some scenes with a DeLorean, which was fab – it felt really Eighties. There is nothing more Eighties than that car. It's just like the car in Back To The Future.

Alex has some fabulous outfits. Did you wear anything similar in the Eighties?

I remember my sister wearing a denim boiler suit and I had an all-in-one – mine was more Grace Jones. I remember a mass of different colour denims all being worn at the same time. I recall having a perm quite young and wearing terrible electric blue leather, it was so bad. There was nothing classy about me or the Eighties in general. However, it was great fun and it's always a pleasure to dress as Alex in the morning!

Is Alex's style anything like your own?

I get to wear some Agent Provocateur underwear, that's not too bad. It's a kind of red basque-type thing, but that's not in vision for very long. There is a bright, bright blue shirt that's actually quite fun, but there's nothing that I'd wear personally.

The series features the iconic Blitz Club. Was it fun to recreate and even have Steve Strange in to provide the music?

It was amazing. I used to go clubbing in the Nineties a fair bit and I remember Steve being on the door of a club [The Emporium, Kingly Street], but not really knowing who he was or how brilliant he was. It was great to have Steve in; it all works really well, it looks really great.

HRH Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer's wedding provides the backdrop for episode two. What are your memories of the "Big Day"?

I remember people talking about the dress and the train and, being a girl, I was interested in a [future] Princess getting married. I seem to remember it was all about her, rather than it being about the Royals or someone marrying the future King. It was about a Princess and her dress!

What are your most vivid memories of the early Eighties?

I was five or six, so I don't really have an enormous amount of memories of that time. Lace being worn in your hair and Madonna was much more my Eighties, which was slightly later down the line. I had a pair of awful, huge, hi-tech trainers; that wasn't a good look so I don't miss any of it, I have to say.


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Mores "Ashes to Ashes" Publicity Photos

Publicity photos for Ashes to Ashes, which starts February 14, 2008 on BBC1. For more photos from Ashes, click here.

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Boots No. 7 Ad

Keeley for Boots No. 7. (She is their new spokesman.)

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Monday, January 21, 2008

No. 7 Commercial

K-H.com has posted a new commercial of Keeley for Boot's No. 7 product range.

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Another "Bank Job" Trailer

Another (and far better trailer) for The Bank Job has been posted here.

(Via K-H.com.)

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"Ashes to Ashes" Press Release

Keeley attended the press release of Ashes to Ashes at the Curzon Soho hotel on January 15, 2008.

(Apparently Matthew was there as well, but there don't seem to be any photos of him.)

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"Ashes to Ashes" Publicity Photos

New publicity photo for Ashes to Ashes, which starts its run on the BBC on February 7.

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"Ashes to Ashes" Trailers!

Two trailers for Ashes to Ashes, which starts February 7, 2008 on the BBC, have been released!

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Sunday, January 20, 2008


Keeley as Ella in Macbeth (2005) with James MacAvoy.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Miss Marple Publicity Photo

Publicity photo from Marple: A Murder is Announced (2005). KH played Philippa Haymes.

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