Life on Mars (2006–2007)

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After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

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Series cast summary:
 Sam Tyler (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Gene Hunt (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Annie Cartwright (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Ray Carling (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Marshall Lancaster ...
 Chris Skelton (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Noreen Kershaw ...
 Phyllis Dobbs (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tony Marshall ...
 Nelson (12 episodes, 2006-2007)


After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

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Two cops in the same town at the same time... 33 years apart


Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

24 July 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Život na Marsu  »

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(16 episodes) (cut) | (16 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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Continual references are made to The Wizard of Oz (1939). In episode 1 of season 1, Tyler leaves the station with the intention of walking back to reality. He says to Cartwright that he is going to 'follow the yellow brick road'. In episode two, after the principal drama has resolved, Tyler suggests to Hunt that his 'guv' transfer him back to the division he came from. Hunt obliges by picking up his phone and saying that the Wizard will sort it out 'because of the wonderful things he does'. Throughout the series Hunt insultingly refers to Tyler as 'Dorothy'. In the final episode, the song 'Over The Rainbow' can be heard in the soundtrack. See more »


Sam Tyler: [credits introduction] My name is Sam Tyler. I had an accident, and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever's happened, it's like I've landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.
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A great find from other side of the pond
1 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This British series, which made it's trek to the States, Has proved to me to be one of the best series on BBC America this year (the other being Hex).

The commercials for the series don't do the justice of what the series entails. The commercial make you think that the show is basically your run of the mill Sci-fi series working with a weak plot. I have always said that marketing is just as....if not more...important than the actual subject.

You have probably already read the synopsis from other comments presented here, so I won't bore you with the background too much. However, as I watch this series (currently have watched the first 2 episodes) I can't help but be reminded of another British export from many years ago...The Prisoner.

During each case that our hero is involved in, things come into play about where he actually is. He has no idea whether he's delusional, transported in time, or in a coma. This twist, put into the plot line, is what sets this show apart from the others in a very refreshing way.

Overall, I was quite pleased with how this series has turned out and I hope to see much more of it as well as being able to buy the DVDs if they released here in the U.S.

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