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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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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
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Noreen Kershaw Noreen Kershaw ...  Phyllis Dobbs 16 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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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

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UK

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English

Release Date:

24 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Život na Marsu See more »

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

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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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 »

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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).

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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 DVD sets of the series have much of the 1970s music replaced with public domain music due to rights issues. See more »

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In the best BBC traditions
20 January 2006 | by wood_beeSee all my reviews

This series harks back to the best of BBC drama, and is cast and designed to perfection - although one or two anachronisms do creep into the script from time to time. As if the accuracy of the Seventies setting wasn't enough of a draw, however, there's also the 'mystery' element, the fascinating question of whether or not the other characters all exist in Tyler's imagination - and, if so, what they represent. It would be easy (and I suspect too glib) to suggest that Gene Hunt is a personification of Tyler's aggressive nature (I mean, as names go *Gene Hunt* seems a bit of a heavy clue - maybe too heavy!) but if that *is* the case then presumably the two of them will have to be reconciled in order for Tyler to recover from his injuries. The most disturbing aspect of this as a theory is that it would make the series concept a finite one and by definition preclude a second series, and I'm already a life member in the Gene Hunt Fan Club - I think he's one of the most delightful new creations to appear on British television in a long time.

With 'New Tricks', 'Jericho' and now 'Life On Mars', the traditional British cop show seems to have received a new lease of life in the last couple of years. This was long overdue, but it's a thrilling prospect that we now have a new generation of heroes to set against the Bergeracs, Taggarts, Regans, Barlows and Dixons of earlier times. And if we *are* heading for a new Golden Age of British TV I would like to go on record, here and now, nominating Gene Hunt as one of its brightest ornaments already!


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