After discovering most of the police force is on the take, Sam must decide how to handle it and figure a way to get DCI Hunt on board. The fact the mob boss is responsible for terrorizing his mother ...
Continual references are made to The Wizard of Oz (1939). In episode 1.1, 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 1.2, after the principal drama has resolved, Tyler suggests to Hunt that he transfers him back to the division he came from. Hunt obliges, 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 episode 2.2, Elton John's song 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' can be heard in the soundtrack while in the final episode (2.8), the song 'Over The Rainbow' can be heard in the soundtrack. See more »
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). See more »
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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This looks promising: a senior police officer in 2006 Manchester is involved in a serious road accident - the way its filmed makes it quite a shock to the viewer let alone DCI Tyler! He wakes up in 1973, with all the naff fashion, furniture and TV of the era!
Some of the "haven't things changed in 33 years" dialogue is a bit forced: Walks into a pub and orders "Diet Coke", keeps mentioning his "mobile", all women are "crumpet" etc, and some of John Simms "moments of intuition" seem a bit theatrical, but this is interesting stuff none the less. What it portrays so well is how trapped you would feel in the same circumstances and the desperation and panic it would engender. This feeling is intensified by odd moments when people from the "real world" (ie 2006) seem to be trying to contact DCI Tyler.
Only 1 episode so far but I will be following this one!
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