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"Life on Mars" (2006) More at IMDbPro »TV series 2006-2007

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Life on Mars: :  -- After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler (John Simm) wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers. The original UK series was the basis for ABC's "Life on Mars."

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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
9 January 2006 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Two cops in the same town at the same time... 33 years apart
Plot:
After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler (Simm) wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.
Awards:
9 wins & 30 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another great BBC drama See more (99 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 20)

John Simm ... Sam Tyler (16 episodes, 2006-2007)

Philip Glenister ... Gene Hunt (16 episodes, 2006-2007)

Liz White ... Annie Cartwright (16 episodes, 2006-2007)

Dean Andrews ... 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)
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Series Directed by
S.J. Clarkson (6 episodes, 2006-2007)
John Alexander (2 episodes, 2006)
John McKay (2 episodes, 2006)
Bharat Nalluri (2 episodes, 2006)
Richard Clark (2 episodes, 2007)
Andrew Gunn (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Writing credits
Matthew Graham (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tony Jordan (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ashley Pharoah (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Chris Chibnall (2 episodes, 2006-2007)

Series Produced by
Jane Featherstone .... executive producer (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Matthew Graham .... executive producer (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Claire Parker .... executive producer / producer (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Marcus Wilson .... co-producer / line producer (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Cameron Roach .... producer (8 episodes, 2007)
John Yorke .... commissioning editor (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Original Music by
Edmund Butt (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
 
Series Cinematography by
Balazs Bolygo (8 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tim Palmer (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
Grant Cameron (2 episodes, 2006)
Adam Suschitzky (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Film Editing by
Sarah Brewerton (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
Colin Fair (2 episodes, 2006)
Barney Pilling (2 episodes, 2006)
Roy Sharman (2 episodes, 2006)
Liana Del Giudice (2 episodes, 2007)
John Gow (2 episodes, 2007)
Jeremy Strachan (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Casting by
Andy Pryor (8 episodes, 2006)
David Shaw (8 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Production Design by
Brian Sykes (8 episodes, 2006)
Matt Gant (8 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Art Direction by
Matt Gant (8 episodes, 2006)
Tom Still (8 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Costume Design by
Emma Rosenthal (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
 
Series Makeup Department
Emma White .... hair designer / makeup designer / ... (10 episodes, 2006-2007)
Juliet Jackson .... makeup supervisor / hair designer / ... (8 episodes, 2006)
Amanda Isaacs-Hurst .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 2007)
Jenny Ward .... makeup assistant (8 episodes, 2007)
Jessica Taylor .... hair designer / makeup designer (7 episodes, 2006)
Sarah Rahim .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 2006)
Debbi Salmon .... makeup supervisor (6 episodes, 2007)
Adele Firth .... makeup artist / makeup assistant (4 episodes, 2006)
Suzanne Bennett Harrison .... makeup supervisor (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Production Management
Jessica Rundle .... post-production supervisor (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Joseph Cairns .... unit manager (6 episodes, 2006)
Karen Milner .... unit manager (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Barker .... second assistant director (8 episodes, 2006)
Andi Coldwell .... second assistant director (8 episodes, 2007)
Chantelle Stoffel .... third assistant director (8 episodes, 2007)
Ellena Harris .... third assistant director (7 episodes, 2006)
Jonathan Leather .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
Joanna Crow .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2006)
Steve Robinson .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2006)
Simon Turner .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2006)
Nicki Ballantyne .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2007)
Martin Curry .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2007)
Sam Morris .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Art Department
Neil O'Rourke .... stand-by props (14 episodes, 2006-2007)
Gary McCabe .... stand-by carpenter (10 episodes, 2006-2007)
Peter O'Rourke .... props master / dressing props (10 episodes, 2006-2007)
Nick Ainsworth .... art department assistant (8 episodes, 2006)
John Fegan .... dressing props (8 episodes, 2006)
Joe Malone .... props master (8 episodes, 2006)
Peter Moran .... stand-by props (8 episodes, 2006)
Hugo Slight .... contruction manager / construction manager (8 episodes, 2006)
Ian Tully .... production buyer (8 episodes, 2006)
Katie Tuxford .... stand-by art director (8 episodes, 2006)
Andy Hare .... art department assistant / stand-by art director (8 episodes, 2007)
Ron Pritchard .... production buyer (8 episodes, 2007)
Chris Watson .... construction manager (8 episodes, 2007)
Neil Glynn .... dressing props / stand-by props (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Marcus Holt .... prop hand / dressing props (6 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tom Higgins .... stand-by carpenter (6 episodes, 2006)
Gary Leech .... stand-by props (6 episodes, 2007)
Jim Mate .... prop hand (6 episodes, 2007)
Dan Taylor .... stand-by art director (5 episodes, 2007)
Paula Barrington .... prop hand / stand-by props (4 episodes, 2007)
Andy Watson .... art department assistant (4 episodes, 2007)
David Flower .... prop hand (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Sound Department
Anthony Hurst .... assistant sound / sound assistant (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Alex Sawyer .... dialogue editor (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Dave Sloss .... foley recordist (14 episodes, 2006-2007)
Mark Verner .... foley editor (14 episodes, 2006-2007)
James Feltham .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Dave Sansom .... sound recordist (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Paul Watson .... boom operator / sound maintenance (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Darren Banks .... sound effects editor (10 episodes, 2006-2007)
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist (8 episodes, 2006)
Julian Slater .... sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2006)
Ben Brookes .... boom operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Nick Steer .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2006)
Nigel Heath .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2006)

Robert Edwards .... adr recordist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Robin Earle .... effects rigger (3 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Michael Capton .... 3D supervisor / 3d supervisor (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Matt Wood .... visual effects supervisor (3 episodes, 2006-2007)

Tanvir Hanif .... digital effects artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator (11 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ray Nicholas .... stunt coordinator / stunt performer (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Gordon Seed .... stunt performer (6 episodes, 2006-2007)
Dean Forster .... stunt performer (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
Crispin Layfield .... stunt coordinator / stunt performer (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
Derek Lea .... stunt performer (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
Paul Howell .... stunt performer (3 episodes, 2006-2007)
Stuart Clark .... stunt coordinator / stunt performer (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tony Lucken .... stunt coordinator / stunt performer (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Vincent Keane .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Terry Eden .... best boy (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Brian Jones .... gaffer (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Danny Mendieta .... camera trainee / assistant camera / ... (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tony O'Brien .... generator operator (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kim Tunstall .... clapper loader (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Danny Griffiths .... electrician (14 episodes, 2006-2007)
Nick Beeks-Sanders .... camera operator (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Steve Smith .... focus puller (10 episodes, 2006-2007)
Paul Hanning .... b camera first assistant: dailies (8 episodes, 2006)
Vinny Cowper .... electrician (8 episodes, 2007)
Ron Fleet .... grip (7 episodes, 2006)
Robin Stone .... grip (6 episodes, 2007)
Joe Blackwell .... focus puller (5 episodes, 2006-2007)
Darren Miller .... camera operator: "b" camera (4 episodes, 2006)
Alex Coverley .... grip (3 episodes, 2006-2007)
Donald Russell .... additional camera operator (3 episodes, 2006)
Jim Bradshaw .... electrician (2 episodes, 2006)
Carl Hudson .... focus puller (2 episodes, 2006)
Mark Smeaton .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2007)

Kerry Brown .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Andy Brierley .... casting associate (4 episodes, 2006)
Kirsty Robertson .... casting associate (4 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Becky Davies .... costume assistant / costume supervisor (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Monica Aslanian .... costume supervisor (8 episodes, 2006)
Joanne Evans .... costume assistant (8 episodes, 2006)
Alison Cook .... costume assistant (8 episodes, 2007)
Amanda Crossley .... costume assistant (8 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Editorial Department
Charles Herzfeld .... hd dailies advisor (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Jet Omoshebi .... colorist (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
John Yorke .... commissioning editor (15 episodes, 2006-2007)
Scott Hinchcliffe .... on-line editor (14 episodes, 2006-2007)
Matthew Cannings .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 2006)
James Osborne .... on-line editor (8 episodes, 2007)
Penny Clark .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2007)
Anastasia Timeneys .... post-production assistant (5 episodes, 2006)
Simon Graham .... assistant on-line editor (3 episodes, 2006)
Justin Eely .... on-line editor (2 episodes, 2006)
Al Morrow .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Music Department
Lee Harris .... music advisor (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Toby Wood .... score recording engineer (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Other crew
Alison Barnett .... head of production (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Steve Crimmins .... police advisor (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Angie Pontefract .... continuity (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Diane Pontefract .... production accountant (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Matthew Pope .... assistant accountant (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Julie Scott .... production executive: BBC (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
Steve Walker .... continuity / assistant continuity (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Brett Wilson .... location manager (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Joseph Cairns .... assistant location manager / location manager (10 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tricia Carr .... assistant coordinator (8 episodes, 2006)
Michelle Franklin .... assistant: Jane Featherstone (8 episodes, 2006)
Michael Noble .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2006)
Elwen Rowlands .... script editor (8 episodes, 2006)
Lucy Patrick Ward .... production office runner (8 episodes, 2006)
Jack Casey .... floor runner (8 episodes, 2007)
Danielle Eglin .... production office runner (8 episodes, 2007)
Samantha Milnes .... assistant coordinator (8 episodes, 2007)
Tracy Lee Sapple .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2007)
Gabriel Silver .... script editor (8 episodes, 2007)
Thomas Alibone .... floor runner (7 episodes, 2006)
Georgie Turnbull .... location assistant (5 episodes, 2007)
Luc Webster .... location manager (4 episodes, 2007)
Shekeelia Gregory .... production office trainee (2 episodes, 2007)

John Yorke .... joint commissioning editor (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
USA:42 min (16 episodes) (cut) | 60 min (16 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:MA (some episodes) | Australia:M (some episodes) | Netherlands:12 | UK:12 (most episodes) | UK:15 (some episode) | USA:TV-14 (most episodes)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in "TV Burp: Episode #6.7" (2007)See more »

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45 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Another great BBC drama, 23 January 2006
Author: kirk_bones from United Kingdom

The BBC have always been streets ahead of other stations when it comes to police dramas but this is one of the best ones for a long time. Young DI Sam Tyler is hunting a killer in 2006 when he is hit by a car and wakes up in 1973. The interesting thing about this show is how Sams modern police methods clash with the policing methods of the 70,s. Sams superior ,played superbly by Philip Glennister,is the sort of copper who arrests first and asks questions later.He cant quite get to grips with Sam's modern thinking and this often leads to fist fights between the two. This drama also has an interesting cast of supporting characters.They include the Jamacan barman who puts on the accent for the other coppers but speaks to Sam in proper language,the barman seems to know more than he is telling. There is the young WPC that seems to be a possible romantic connection but as of yet nothing has developed in that area, There is also the creepy little girl who comes out of the TV at night and tells Sam things. At certain times Sam can hear voices from the hospital in 2006 and this adds to the mystery.Is Sam really in a coma or are the voices in his head just his imagination. We have had three episodes so far and this drama is so compelling and addictive that i can't wait till the next episode to have more of my questions answered. Classic British drama deserves 9/10

Update- Coming up to the final episode and I wonder if this series will finish on a high note oo end up being a disappointment.Will just have to wait and see

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