It’s 1981 - the year of Princess Diana’s wedding, the Brixton Riots, the invasion of yuppies - and the year that everyone’s favorite politically incorrect cop Gene Hunt takes the London Metropolitan police force by storm. Flanked by his faithful sidekicks, Ray Carling (Dean Andrews, Life On Mars) and Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster, Life On Mars), he has been transferred down South, to the action and intrigue of the London Met. It’s bad enough having to deal with the “southern nancy” criminal scum, but an even bigger thorn in his side is about to be foisted on him in the shape of a sexy, strong-willed and intelligent officer from the 21st Century.
Ambitious single mother, Detective Inspector Alex Drake has risen rapidly through the ranks of the Met in the modern world of 2008, where her skills as a psychological profiler are valued highly as an aid to capturing suspects. But she is ripped from her current world of high tech, sexual equality and respect when she is kidnapped and shot. Suddenly, Alex finds herself in 1981, interacting with familiar characters from her past and from the detailed reports she’s been studying, logged by none other than Sam Tyler. In two-tone ‘80s London with a New Romantic soundtrack ringing in her ears, Alex finds herself working with the boorish Gene Hunt himself, whose methods of nailing villains and whose opinions of women detectives and psychological profilers are still stuck in the Stone Age.
While some of Gene’s team has dispersed, others, loyal as ever, are still in tow. Now a technological whizz-kid in the squad’s surveillance team, DC Chris Skelton has clearly moved with the times, along with a tight-permed DS Ray Carling, who is keen to experience London’s nightlife. Frustrated by each other’s stubbornness, the friction between Alex and Gene heats up. But, as the two titans collide, it becomes apparent there is more than just a professional tension emerging.