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"Not your mother’s procedural drama" --Entertainment Weekly
"Intelligently entertaining" --USA Today
Seen on BBC America
"An intoxicating treat" --Variety
"One of the best TV series ever made" --San Francisco Chronicle
Crazy, in a coma, or back in time? Struck by a passing car in modern-day Manchester, detective Sam Tyler (John Simm, State of Play, Doctor Who) wakes up in 1973, where he’s the newest member of his old police squad. Sam’s respect for proper procedure and 21st-century mentality clash mightily with his bullying boss, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister, Cranford). Still, Sam gamely adapts to crime solving in this retro world, despite hearing strange voices that call him back to his former life. When he bonds with sympathetic policewoman Annie Cartwright (Liz White, The Fixer), Sam wonders: does he really want to return?
Winner of two International Emmys® for best drama series, Life on Mars is "an entertaining collision of bare-knuckled police-procedural realism and mind-blowing surrealism" (TV Guide), acclaimed by critics and fans alike.
Audio commentaries for all Series 1 episodes
Take a Look at the Lawman documentary (64 min.)
Interview clip with director Bharat Nalluri (3 min.)
The Music of Life on Mars featurette (14 min.)
Get Sykes production design featurette (8 min.)
Outtakes reel (6 min.)
The Return of Life on Mars documentary (45 min.)
Series 2 behind-the-scenes footage and set tour (48 min.)
The End of Life on Mars featurette (28 min.)
Top Customer Reviews
A young Manchester detective is struck by a car and sent eventually to intensive care in a coma. However, Sam Tyler (John Simm) is hearing, thinking, and seeing regardless of the fact his body is immobile, speechless, and unresponsive. Doctors, wife, cops look for signs of life, continuing life-sustaining machines and measures, as Sam tries to get his message through.
In the meantime, Sam also returns to a police station with an arrogant, brute commander, Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) leading the team. But it's in 1973, complete with perfection in sets, costumes, props, and antiquated police procedures as well as techniques. Sam remembers the modern style of police work and tries putting it to work in this location, this time, with this drinking, hot-head, abusive boss. It leaves both men frustrated at each other on a regular basis. The conflict between the characters is played brilliantly by the 2 stars.
Crime after crime, is investigated through the series, while Sam tries to make contact with the modern world from his comatose-like stage in a hospital bed. The jump from modern to 70s in issues and times is well done, leaving a continuing plot over the episode crime plot always dangling for its own suspenseful end. There is even romance conflict from both ends of Sam's existence. The show seems to have it all, something for everyone.Read more ›
Following his car accident, Sam hears everything that's going on around him and adapts it into 1973 as messages in various forms, such as seeing his aunt on the TV, or hearing his girlfriend on a broken radio. He's unsure what's happening to him and frantically tries to respond to the messages and make it known that he's alive. It's brilliantly done, as is the way the series shows Sam despirately trying to cope with the completely non-PC style of policing of the time and a completely different kind of life in 1973. It shows things we take for granted now that didn't exist then. Things like, when Sam first arrives in 1973, he starts to look around for his "mobile" when questioned as to "mobile what", he looks totally baffled as to why the copper doesn't understand that he means his mobile phone. It just makes you think "oh yeah, we didn't have them then".
He's also trying to cope with his brute of a DCI, Gene Hunt (played by Philip Glenister), who's all too keen to go in with his fists and also doesn't seem to care what he says or who he says it to. The difference in attitudes and the conflict it often causes between the two is wonderfully protrayed by John Simm and Philip Glenister.
There are a couple of small inaccuracies in the timeline that I've noticed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great show! Take a look at the lawmen beating up the wrong guy. I wish there were more series of this show, but the end of series two is one of the best endings ever. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Donohoo
Better than the ABC version, this is the story of a modern-day detective in Manchester who is hit by a car and wakes up in 1973.Published 6 months ago by Dana C Coester
At first I was disappointed. The reviews made it sound like this was spectacular. It starts slow, but gathers momentum. Give it a chance. Read morePublished 6 months ago by taaj
Great series combining police procedurals with sci-fi. I watched the ending (which features the song "Life on Mars") the night before I heard of David Bowie's passing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Regis