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 ...
John Simm was once offered the chance to sign on for a third season, but he declined. He later regretted that decision. In an interview in September 2018, he said that if this show would ever be revived in some way, he would play Sam Tyler again. 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).
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 »
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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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 »
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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