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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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2   1  
2007   2006  
9 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Život na Marsu 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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Trivia

The idea for the show was already conceived in 1998 by Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, and the original title was "Ford Granada". However, the original concept was for a comedy show that mocked the attitudes and styles of the 1970's, with Neil Morrissey as the main character in mind. Later, John Yorke, drama executive for Channel 4, drastically rewrote the script. It was then handed to the senior executives of Channel 4, who rejected it, saying that a show like this would be silly. The series was finally kickstarted when Julie Gardner, producer of BBC Wales, read the script and persuaded Jane Tranter, Head of Drama for the BBC, to take this show into commission. 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 »

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.
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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 »

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Featured in TV Burp: Episode #6.5 (2007) See more »

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A great find from other side of the pond
1 August 2006 | by charlesbailey49See all my reviews

This British series, which made it's trek to the States, Has proved to me to be one of the best series on BBC America this year (the other being Hex).

The commercials for the series don't do the justice of what the series entails. The commercial make you think that the show is basically your run of the mill Sci-fi series working with a weak plot. I have always said that marketing is just as....if not more...important than the actual subject.

You have probably already read the synopsis from other comments presented here, so I won't bore you with the background too much. However, as I watch this series (currently have watched the first 2 episodes) I can't help but be reminded of another British export from many years ago...The Prisoner.

During each case that our hero is involved in, things come into play about where he actually is. He has no idea whether he's delusional, transported in time, or in a coma. This twist, put into the plot line, is what sets this show apart from the others in a very refreshing way.

Overall, I was quite pleased with how this series has turned out and I hope to see much more of it as well as being able to buy the DVDs if they released here in the U.S.


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