Life on Mars (2006-2007)

In Amazing, BBC, Crime, period drama, Recommendation, series on 11/07/2011 at 8:41 pm

Nope, this isn’t sci-fi; the title is a David Bowie song reference.  Life on Mars is the story of Sam Tyler (John Simm) who ends up in a car crash in 2006, and somehow wakes up in 1973. He is still a detective (although degraded from DCI to DI), but everything else has changed. He desperately needs to find out what happened and how (if possible) to get back to his own time.

Meanwhile, crime and policing goes on. Life on Mars is an amazing trip back to the 1970s, when the police would manhandle witnesses, be openly so sexist it makes your pants drop and smoke at least two packs of fags per person in a working day in the station. Antagonist DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) (who is absurdly hilariously effing brilliant, by the way) gives Tyler a very hard time about being such a sissy because the latter believes one shouldn’t randomly punch people in the face. Furthermore, Life on Mars’ production design is awe-inspiring and so is the soundtrack.

Oh yes, to figure out the whole story, you’re going to have to watch all three seasons of Ashes to Ashes as well. Which is hardly punishment, I thought it was even better actually.

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