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The time-warping detective series seen on BBC America
Dreaming, delusional, or displaced in time? Police detective Sam Tyler (John Simm, State of Play) must decide which describes him in this intriguing twist on the police procedural that has won two International Emmys® and rave reviews from critics and fans.
Hot on a killer’s trail in modern-day Manchester, Tyler gets struck by a passing car and wakes up in 1973. The high-tech tools and respect for proper procedure have vanished. Instead, he finds himself working on a homicide squad where hard drinking replaces hard thinking; forensics takes weeks to analyze; and his boss, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister, Cranford), has no qualms about roughing up suspects--or Sam himself. Still, Tyler has real-world crimes to solve, even as strange voices call him back to his 21st century life. But when he bonds with sympathetic policewoman Annie Cartwright (Liz White, The Fixer), Sam wonders: does he really want to return?
A thoroughly engrossing and unpredictable police drama with a fantastic twist, Life on Mars concerns Manchester, U.K. police detective Sam Tyler (John Simm), who is hit by a car while investigating the disappearance of a colleague. When Tyler comes around, he's still in the street where he was knocked down--but the year is 1973, 23 years before the accident. Certain he's dreaming or in a post-accident delusion, Tyler drifts through the streets in shock and skepticism about everything he sees--especially the dark, smoky, thuggish atmosphere of his police precinct, nothing like the clean, high-tech office with which he's more familiar. After a brutal introduction to his boss, Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister), Tyler tries to reconcile his apparent responsibilities as a 1973 cop with disturbing suggestions he is trapped inside his own mind, suffering a coma in the 21st century.
Part of the fun of Life on Mars is watching Tyler come to terms with the primitive state of crime-solving in the era of Starsky and Hutch. Forget state-of-the-art investigative science, and forget institutional regard for suspect rights and police procedure. Rather than accept Hunt's status quo, however, Tyler fights every step of the way for progressive policing, putting him on a daily collision course with other cops. Still, over the eight episodes in Series One, Tyler does make some inroads and gains the respect of his commander--which doesn't mean the two don't throw their fists at one another regularly. As anxious as Tyler is to get back to the future, his romantic connection to a policewoman (Liz White) helps ground him (or trap him?) in his perhaps-unreal surroundings. Still, there's a question: is there a reason Tyler has turned up in a year when he was still a little boy, facing difficult times? The answer is remarkable, as Life On Mars: Series One moves toward a powerful conclusion. Life on Mars proved such an attractive concept that the show was remade for American television in 2008, starring Jason O'Mara as Sam Tyler and Harvey Keitel as Gene Hunt, and with Gretchen Mol, Michael Imperioli, and Lisa Bonet also in the cast. --Tom Keogh
Stills from Life on Mars: Series 1 (U.K.) (Click for larger image)
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This was our second time through. This is a very clever, well-written series. I'm not sure if it would have worked without John Simm as Sam Tyler, who brings just the right... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
All they did was upscale the SD source to HD. May as well have bought the DVD.Published 6 months ago by grif_mcrenolds
There aren't many TV series I'll watch more than once. And even fewer I'll watch 2-3 times. Then there are those I come back to frequently, and this one -- the original UK version... Read morePublished 8 months ago by BeccaM
A great coppers and baddies show! Filled with action and humor! Once you start watching you can't stop !Published 10 months ago by Margaret Thomas
My SO loves Life on Mars. Glad I was able to find series 1 at a decent price.Published 11 months ago by Nick
An excellent show, well acted and with a wonderful premise. Please stream, Amazon!! We deserve to have this on Prime.Published 14 months ago by DsrtRosy
I can't really add more that hasn't already been covered by the other five star reviews, so I'll simply add that this is a fantastic series.Published 20 months ago by GatoRat
It's taken me long enough, but I've finally gotten around to watching the show that people have been raving about for years: "Life on Mars", a police procedural with a twist: the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by R. M. Fisher
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Point taken, I suppose I assumed that what people really wanted to know was whether there were differences between the US and UK DVD releases.
Aug 19, 2009 by DPK | See all 13 posts
About one month ago I called the BBC America shop. According to them, there is no concrete release date for a Region 1 DVD collection. However, she HINTED in a VERY roundabout way that there MAY be a release of Series 1 sometime in 2008, POSSIBLY. (Nice and vague, eh?) My guess is that they... Read More
Dec 5, 2007 by James H. Adams | See all 7 posts
Yes, it does, and also a load of special features.
Aug 19, 2007 by Jen | See all 2 posts
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I have yet to see the British version, but the American version, so far, is really good. I was surprised at the quality of the U.S. version. All of the lead actors are great, and the stories are gripping. It's good to see Harvey Keitel doing quality work now.
Nov 14, 2008 by bass boy | See all 7 posts
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