Philip Glenister has been defending his Ashes to Ashes co-star Keeley Hawes. The former Spooks actress plays DI Alex Drake in the sequel to BBC drama Life on Mars. But there have been press reports saying she cannot act.
One national newspaper called the programme "a big mess" with a "muddled" plot.
Philip Glenister says that and the bad reviews for Keeley Hawes are rubbish.
He said: "I think some of the criticism that Keeley has got from some of the press has been disgraceful, quite frankly.
"I think they've been completely misogynistic about it and they should hang their heads in shame. And they're just wrong.
"I think a lot of people somehow thought that Life on Mars was some kind of a bloke's show.
"It's a hellishly difficult thing to come into and I've seen how hard she works and how brilliant she is. To all those detractors, they're just plain wrong."
'Criticism is unfair'
Philip Glenister thinks people will have forgotten about the criticism by the next series of Ashes to Ashes.
Before Ashes to Ashes Keeley Hawes starred in Tipping the Velvet
He said: "It takes time to get to know a new character like that.
"Also, because she's middle class, I think some people have a problem with that.
"You've just got to allow these things to develop.
"You can't get it all right and try to follow up something like Life On Mars and expect it to be an amazing thing.
"We all have to learn from it and find out where we went wrong, what we need to improve on and and come up with some great storylines."
New Ashes series
Ashes to Ashes is set in 1981. Keeley Hawes plays a psychological profiler from the present day who finds herself transported back to the 80s.
Philip Glenister plays DCI Gene Hunt, as he did in Life on Mars. He says there is more to look forward to.
He said: "We'll start shooting a second series sometime in August. They've got an option for up to a third series.
"But you tend to get an instinct about when something should finish. And I certainly wouldn't want to drag it on and on.
"The character's too good for that. I care about the character too much."