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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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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

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Život na Marsu  »

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On February 2007, the first season of this show was broadcast in Germany on channel Kabel 1, with two episodes every Saturday. After the first season was broadcast, Kabel 1 announced that the second season will air in the Fall of the same year. However, for unknown reasons, the second season has been delayed. Although this show had rather moderate ratings in Germany, it spawned a loyal fan-base nevertheless. In the middle of 2008, a petition was started in the hopes to convince Kabel 1 to show the second season, but it didn't work out. Later on, the starters of the petition had another idea: To finally get the attention from the channel, fans were encouraged to buy Mars chocolate bars and send them to the headquarters of Kabel 1. The second season of Life on Mars would finally air on June 27, 2009, almost two and a half years after its initial announcement. See more »

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The bar scene: No beers cost 22p in 1973. Also, as the UK were still changing the money over, use and handing over of decimals would have been a lot slower than as shown in the film. Beer in Manchester would have been between 10np and 15np (or 2-3 shillings).

It was revealed in Ashes to Ashes that this era inhabited is a kind of police purgatory: Heavy artistic license can be used with these details, as it's not the real living world/ reality being portrayed. See more »

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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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The best cop show on TV since the 70's
29 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

How nobody thought of writing this before Matthew Graham and the other main writers on the show, i don't know. Actor John Simm (Sam Tyler) has been quoted as saying when he read the script he thought it was bonkers but, oh my does it work. Terrific casting not just Simm, but all the cast.Special mentions for Phillip Glennister as the Gene Genie!! and Liz White as the sweet but smart wpc Annie Cartwright.

All 8 episodes are both dramatically interesting and often very funny. The use of a terrific 1970's soundtrack complements it perfectly.

The DVD boxset release of this series offers terrific insights into the making of the series through documentaries and commentary on each episode.

The show is being picked up by broadcasters all over the world, so if you haven't seen this brilliant show yet i am sure you will soon. BBC America is showing it in July 2006 i believe. All UK fans can look forward to a new series early 2007.


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