Life on Mars (Tv series) 2006

Life on Mars is a British science fiction and police drama television series. It was first broadcast on BBC One between January 2006 and April 2007.

The programme tells the story of DCI Sam Tyler of the Greater Manchester Police (played by John Simm), who, after being hit by a car in 2006, finds himself in the year 1973. There, he works for Manchester and Salford Police CID as a DI under DCI Gene Hunt (played by Philip Glenister). Over the course of the series, Tyler faces various culture clashes, most frequently regarding the differences between his modern approach to policing and the more traditional methods of his colleagues. Mixing the genres of science fiction and police procedural, the series centres on the ambiguity concerning Tyler’s predicament: it is unclear whether he is insane, in a coma, or if he really has travelled back in time. A sequel to the series, Ashes to Ashes, began transmission on BBC One in February 2008. Also, a US remake Life on Mars (U.S. TV series) of the show was commissioned by ABC, and ran from October 2008 to April 2009, with Jason O’Mara as Sam Tyler and Harvey Keitel as Gene Hunt.
From left to right, the main characters in Life on Mars: Chris Skelton, Gene Hunt, Sam Tyler, Ray Carling and Annie Cartwright. Life on Mars revolves around the experiences of Sam Tyler, a Detective Chief Inspector of Manchester police in 2006 who, after being hit by a car, wakes to find himself in 1973. Unsure whether he is mad, in a coma, or if he has actually gone back in time, he finds he is a Detective Inspector in the contemporary police force, and has just been transferred from ‘Hyde’ to the Manchester and Salford Police CID to serve under his new DCI, Gene Hunt. The surreal situation Sam finds himself in causes him immense stress, but he remains a committed, decent police officer who rigorously follows (twenty-first century) police procedure. Sam’s strait-laced and modern manner, however, brings him into constant conflict with Gene and his team, who prefer old-fashioned methods of policing. Gene is an old style cop, not scared of throwing a few punches to get a result. He is also happy to frame people regardless of whether the evidence points to them or not, to manufacture or destroy evidence in pursuit of a result and, at least initially, to accept bribes. Sam describes him as “overweight, over-the-hill, nicotine-stained, borderline alcoholic homophobe with a superiority complex and an unhealthy obsession with male bonding” (Gene’s reply: “You make that sound like a bad thing.”) Gene is supported by the team of DS Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton. Ray, although loyal to the force, is portrayed as a misogynistic bully and serves as an antagonist towards Sam throughout the series. Chris, in contrast, is a cheeky but likable character, who finds himself torn between the modern (Sam) and the old-fashioned (Gene). Due to Sam’s conflicts with Gene, Ray and Chris, the only person in 1973 who he can truly confide in is WPC Annie Cartwright. Annie serves as a romantic interest for Sam, though is frustrated by his confusion about his situation. According to Liz White, “She gets very tired of his constant talk about how this situation is not real, that they are all figments of his imagination she can only explain it as psychological trauma from his car crash.”. The character’s presence and eventual promotion provide a way for the show to explore the extent to which female officers of the time were undermined, underused, and harassed.
In November 2006, the first series of Life on Mars won the International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series.The same award went to the second series of ‘Life on Mars’ in the 2008 International Emmy Awards, which was held in November. In January 2007 it won the Best New Programme category at the Broadcast Magazine awards. In March 2007 it won two categories, Best Drama Series and the Writers’ Award, at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
The first series was nominated for a British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) in the Best Drama Series category. John Simm was also nominated as Best Actor for his work on the show. The programme won the audience-voted Pioneer Award. In October 2007, series two was nominated as the Most Popular Drama at the 2007 National Television Awards.
Series Cast
* 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 – Phyllis Dobbs (16 episodes, 2006-2007)
* Tony Marshall – Nelson (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
* Rafaella Hutchinson – Test Card Girl (4 episodes, 2006)

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