Makers of the detective time traveling drama on BBC1 have decided that filming Ashes To Ashes in London is far too expensive. Finding places that look like the are still in the eighties, or dressing up sites to make them look more eighties-like, is beyond the budget for the show in the coming series, so the BBC are looking for alternatives.
Step forward the Isle of Wight.
"We've been stuck in the eighties since the nineties," said councillor in charge of media liaisons, Harry Neeze, 25. "The Isle of Wight is the perfect backdrop for any time travelling show, as we have areas of the island still stuck in the twenties, and I mean the nineteen twenties, not the twenty-twenties."
BBC production staff have scouted several locations on the island, and have decided that Cowes is the perfect place for the next series of Ashes to Ashes, and are even considering moving their period drama studio permanently to the island.
"The Isle of Wight is a perfect location for making period dramas," said head of light entertainment at the BBC, Jeremy Entwistle. "We did consider Wales, but it's got just too modern. They even have mobile phone masts now."
Filming on the news series of Ashes to Ashes is set to commence in May when it gets a bit warmer, and will be shown on the BBC during the Autumn. The police are set to cordon off streets in Newport in order to let DCI Gene Hunt hair around the streets to his heart's content in a nineteen eighties Audi Quattro.