Life on Mars (2006–2007)
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Episode #2.8 

The CID investigates the murder of a miner, and determine that a cop killer is behind it.


S.J. Clarkson (as SJ Clarkson)


Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan (creator) (co-writer) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
John Simm ... Sam Tyler
Philip Glenister ... Gene Hunt
Liz White ... Annie Cartwright
Dean Andrews ... Ray Carling
Marshall Lancaster ... Chris Skelton
Noreen Kershaw Noreen Kershaw ... Phyllis Dobbs
Tony Marshall Tony Marshall ... Nelson
Ralph Brown ... Frank Morgan
Jack Deam ... Donald Sykes
Harriet Rogers Harriet Rogers ... Test Card Girl
Sean Gilder ... Leslie Johns
Philip Lightfoot Philip Lightfoot ... Security Clerk
Jacqueline Boatswain ... Officer 1
Mason Phillips Mason Phillips ... Officer 2
Judi Jones Judi Jones ... Ruth Tyler


The CID investigates the murder of a miner, and determine that a cop killer is behind it.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

10 April 2007 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mars stands for Metropolitan Accountability and Rehabilitation Strategy. See more »


[last lines]
Sam Tyler: It's procedure. You're not above the law, you know, guv.
Gene Hunt: What are you on about, Tyler? I am the law.
Sam Tyler: In your dreams.
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References RoboCop (1987) See more »


One of the Boys
Written by Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs
Performed by Mott the Hoople
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"What are you the narrator?"
21 March 2015 | by MattBrady099See all my reviews

Sam Tyler: "I'm bloody sick of 1973".

Annie: "Don't worry it will be 1974 soon".

Well this is the closing of Life on Mars as a series and to me it ended on a good and a happy note that I'm totally fine with. Don't worry I won't spoil anything in this review, but without spoiling anything we must talk about Season 2 and it's season finale.

John Simm once again brings another excellent performance as Sam Tyler. He brought so much weight and likability to his character that at one point I totally forgot that John Simm was in the episodes, I only saw Sam Tyler and nothing else. Great work John Simm.

Philip Glenister as Gene Hunt is probably my favorite character of all time. Gene always have a sick but funny sense of humor and good comebacks to those who insult him. I got to give Philip Glenister a big well done for playing this character. Always making me laugh, always making me think about his actions and always...keeping my watching.

The directing and the writing has well was really good with each episodes. All of it was well done and I can clearly see the time and effort put into each different episodes.

For problems I only have one little problem: Season 2 isn't has good as the first season and that's it, yeah not such a big problem but I don't think it's on the same level as the first season but season 2 is still a solid season.

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