The IW might be **** but its car is a star in finale

By Martin Neville

Friday, May 21, 2010


The IW might be **** but its car is a star in finale

Anni Ruecroft with the star of Ashes to Ashes, Philip Glenister, on the bonnet of the famous red Audi Quattro.

AN Island woman is eagerly awaiting tonight’s (Friday) final episode of the hit BBC cop show, Ashes to Ashes.

Anni Ruecroft, who co-runs the country’s biggest Ashes to Ashes fan group, will be on the look-out for her 1982, Island-registered gold Vauxhall Cavalier, which is expected to appear as an unmarked police car.

"I am absolutely certain the IW’s DL reg number plate will be in full shot," said Anni.

"The car should — editing permitting — appear in a few scenes through the final episode, including one very nicely shot scene of a formation of marked and unmarked police cars thundering down a runway behind Gene Hunt’s iconic red Audi Quattro."

Anni has come to know the writers, cast and producers quite well and it was Keeley Hawes, who plays DI Alex Drake, who passed on Anni’s details to the new producer.

Anni, who owns other classic and retro cars, including an Audi Quattro replica, said her family had owned the car since new and it originally belonged to her father. It is now kept garaged at her home in Brading.

She said: "I spent a few days dashing the car up and down to Roehampton, Rickmansworth and finally RAF Northolt for location filming.

"The cast and crew of Ashes to Ashes are very friendly and I had a marvellous time being a part of something that has been so entertaining for three years."

The hit show, which stars Philip Glenister as 'old-school’ copper DCI Gene Hunt, regularly attracts audiences of around five million and will be screened on BBC1 at 9pm tonight.

Anni added: "In the first episode of this new series, DCI Hunt remarked he 'went to the IW but it was sh*t’ … so it’s nice to think than an Island car will now appear in the show."


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