Life on Mars

Life on Mars

British television series
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Life on Mars

Life on Mars is a British television series broadcast on BBC One between 9 January 2006 and 10 April 2007. The series combines elements of speculative fiction and police procedural, featuring a police officer from the Greater Manchester Police (played by John Simm) from the year 2006 who wakes up in 1973 after being hit by a car. The title is a reference to David Bowie's 1973 single "Life on Mars?". It was followed by the three-series sequel, Ashes to Ashes.

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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.
  • Following the conclusion of filming the second and final series, the Ford Cortina was auctioned on eBay to raise money for Comic Relief.
  • In the season 2 finale- after Sam has "woken up"- he records the title speech onto a recorder and posts it off to a phycologist who he has been talking through his experiences with. This phycologist is D.I. Drake who pkays the title role in the follow-up: Ashes to Ashes (2008).
  • Continual references are made to The Wizard of Oz (1939). In episode 1 of season 1, Tyler leaves the station with the intention of walking back to reality. He says to Cartwright that he is going to 'follow the yellow brick road'. In episode two, after the principal drama has resolved, Tyler suggests to Hunt that his 'guv' transfer him back to the division he came from. Hunt obliges by picking up his phone and saying that the Wizard will sort it out 'because of the wonderful things he does'. Throughout the series Hunt insultingly refers to Tyler as 'Dorothy'. In the final episode, the song 'Over The Rainbow' can be heard in the soundtrack.
  • Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, the writers of Life on Mars, took the original script to the BBC who initially rejected it. Then it nearly got made by Channel Four. By the time the BBC made it, the show had taken 8 years to reach the screen.
  • The story of Gene Hunt continues in the spin off _"Ashes to Ashes (2008)"_.

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