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Life on Mars 

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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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2007   2006  
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Series cast summary:
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 Noreen Kershaw ...  Phyllis Dobbs 16 episodes, 2006-2007
Tony Marshall Tony Marshall ...  Nelson 12 episodes, 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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Two cops in the same town at the same time... 33 years apart

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Archie Panjabi (Maya Roy) & Marc Warren (Tony Crane) also worked together on The Good Wife (2009) as Kalinda Sharma & Nick Saverese respectively. See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

While the version shown on BBC in the UK are 58 minutes in duration, the repeats on Bravo (UK) and the versions shown worldwide are cut down to about 42 minutes to make way for adverts and to cut down on the more adult material (particularly nudity and swearing). Much of the 1970s music is also replaced with public domain music due to rights issues. See more »

Connections

Remade as Life on Mars (2008) See more »

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Intriguing Entertainment!
16 March 2006 | by IrishizeSee all my reviews

Like some of the reviewers here, I wasn't expecting much of this and started watching almost by accident.

I am a '24' man(!) and I have to say after watching this, 24 (after season 3 anyway) starts to show it's weaknesses. In "Life on Mars" you really start to care about the character and what is happening - it has many surprises. Some are startling, some dawn on you as you watch.

Now I wouldn't be old enough to actually remember the 70's, but it is very atmospheric - and crucially, not in an over-the-top way.

The 'real world'(??!) storyline is handled with a light touch too. You go through it with him as clues (or more questions) pop up unpredictably!

This deserves to be a huge hit!


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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2006 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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