Lustbox: Gene Hunt

What is it about television that makes relatively sane woman fantasise about men they wouldn’t want to share a postcode with in real life? Ladies and gentlemen, the defence calls DCI Gene Hunt.

Philip Glenister seems to be a nice enough bloke and a talented actor, but unless he’s wearing Gene’s cowboy boots I’m not interested. As Cranford’s Mr Carter he was very watchable, but despite being shod in much nicer footwear (and occasionally getting to ride horses) he didn’t get my pulse racing.

Sam Tyler famously, and accurately, described Hunt as  an “overweight, over-the-hill, nicotine-stained, borderline alcoholic homophobe with a superiority complex and an unhealthy obsession with male bonding”.  But still I harbour fantasies of being rescued from various types of badness by DCI Hunt.

For all his brutality, racism, sexism and homophobia, he’s still the good guy and a charismatic, and occasionally tender, one at that. Despite her troubles, I’d gladly step into Alex Drake’s very pointy shoes.

Perhaps I’m no different from my five-year-old daughter who wants dinosaurs to roam the earth again. The reality would be terrifying, but because it can never be more than a fantasy, the imagined adventure is thrilling.

Posted by Jo the Hat


Filed under Ashes to Ashes, Lustbox

18 responses to “Lustbox: Gene Hunt

  1. inkface

    Totally with you there Ms Hat. Frankly I feel a little soiled about it, but I fancy the pants off him too.

  2. arialbold

    I do wonder what Mr Inkface makes of all this. He must be very understanding. (Assuming there IS a Mr Inkface – apols if not.)

    But going back to Ms The Hat’s finishing premise, maybe there could be a Jurassic Park adventure land where sexually disreputable figures from TV past loom out of realistic stage sets, as you hurtle past in little wagons. Or am I just being tasteless out of spite (again).

  3. inkface

    Mr Inkface is far too high-minded to read a telly blog, arialbold, so I guess we’ll never know. How would you feel about Mrs a being a bit of a flighty minx?

  4. arialbold

    Depends on which bit she was. What’s on offer?

  5. Qwerty

    All right, you two. Get a room.

    I like ab’s suggestion of a prehistoric embarrassing crush land. Sounds like a great theme park. Who would be in yours?

  6. arialbold

    There would be a sad Patsy Kensit exhibit which no-one visits any more, with crackly Abba music, and a mysterious pinball machine that smells faintly of ice-rinks.

    • Qwerty

      Yes! And no-one there but you, you sad sack. Mine would have Bob Geldof (circa 1978) hanging about being aloof and untouchable, dodgems that only go backwards, and penny falls with 2p coins. Cold chips on the floor. Actually, apart from Bob, this sounds just like Swanage where we go for our summer hols.

      • arialbold

        God no – I wouldn’t visit KensitWorld! But you’re wrong on Bob – he was a Swanage regular with the Boomtown Rats, writing tracks like “(I Never Loved) Eva Braun” and “(Watch Out For) The Normal People” while visiting nearby Corfe Castle.

      • Qwerty

        And ‘I don’t like Mondays’ was written during a rainy weekday in Langton Matravers, don’t tell me.

  7. arialbold

    Nope – it was during a failed visit to a florists in Street, Somerset.

  8. I quite like the idea of an Ashes to Ashes ghost ride – you could be whisked around in a Audi Quattro, listening to ’80s music, with Gene Hunt leaping out of the shadows to shout abuse at you and that spooky Pierrot character looming out of the darkness. I’d pay good money for that.

    • pauseliveaction

      Once again I’m feeling left out here because I don’t watch Ashes to Ashes, though having seen a bit of Life on Mars I can confirm that I won’t be competing for the favours of Gene Hunt, should he become available.

  9. Kianna

    Having seen Glenister in the criminally underrated “Clocking Off”, and now A2A, I wonder how much of the sexiness is due to those characters being from Manchester. I know he did nothing for me in “Cranford”… was the accent too posh?

    On this side of the pond, we don’t really have an equivalent of “Northern men = hard men” so it’s a conundrum.

    • inkface

      I seem to be in a minority of one here, but I did fancy him in Cranford. I’ve always had a bit of a thing for men’s faces that are a bit acne scarred. Strange but true.

      I’m fascinated that there’s no American equivalent of the Northern men thing. I always thought ‘Downtown boys’ were the rough ones, but obviously Billy Joel songs are not to be relied upon for cultural information!!!

    • Ooh, yes I’d forgotten about Clocking Off. He was excellent and rather sexy in that too. Thanks for stirring up that memory!

  10. Sidoni

    It’s a real bummer than he’s married and besotted. His wife seems to diss him a lot in interviews so perhaps one day he’ll come to his senses and marry one of us.