• JustStark

    This is getting into interesting definitional areas now. In Being Human Phil Daniels is definitely meant to be the Christian Devil: he talks about humanity's creator.

    But the afterlife in Ashes to Ashes is altogether more generic — it could be a kind of Elysian Fields as much as anything theologically Christian — and Daniel Mays doesn't, as I recall, though it has been a few years, get very specific either other than he is some malevolent force.

    So while clearly inspired by and operating within a general Christianity-inspired culture, I'm not sure I'd say Ashes to Ashes was specifically set in a Christian diegesis.

    But, you know, it's your list, so.

  • Well, Ashes to Ashes postulate a stopping off point before heaven, a place where people who haven't quite come to terms with their own deaths can get over them, before either going 'down' or 'up'. And there aren't a lot of religions other than Roman Catholicism that have one of those – not that I can think of, anyway. Couple that with the 'health and safety' guy Daniel Mays, who's a bit of a devil, and you've pretty much got (the pop culture version of) purgatory. Certainly not the Elysian Fields, which is only open to heroes and is a paradise-like existence. And which, as the name suggests, is fields not London or Manchester in 70s and 80s.