Life on Mars (UK)

Life on Mars is a BAFTA and International Emmy award-winning British television drama series, which was first shown on BBC One in January and February 2006. The second and final series ended on 10 April 2007. The central character is DCI Sam Tyler of Greater Manchester Police (played by John Simm), who, after being hit by a car in 2006, finds himself in the year 1973.
Life on Mars is a BAFTA and International Emmy award-winning British television drama series, which was first shown on BBC One in January and February 2006. The second and final series ended on 10 April 2007. The central character is DCI Sam Tyler of Greater Manchester Police (played by John Simm), who, after being hit by a car in 2006, finds himself in the year 1973.

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Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 2 Episode 8 - Undercover

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s2e8 Undercover
April 9, 2007
Sam learns that an operation is to be conducted on him in 2006 to try and revive him from his coma. However, he believes that to return to the twenty-first century, he has to betray his colleagues in 1973, but can he regard them as real or imagined?
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Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 1 Episode 1 - The Crash

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s1e1 The Crash
January 8, 2006
After a road accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler awakens to find himself in 1973. Apparently a DI and assigned to work under rough-around-the-edges DCI Gene Hunt, Tyler follows a series of murders which have been committed with the same modus operandi in both
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Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 1 Episode 1 - The Crash
s1e1 The Crash
January 8, 2006
January 8, 2006
The Crash
Series Premiere
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 1 Episode 2 - The New World
s1e2 The New World
January 15, 2006
January 15, 2006
The New World
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 1 Episode 3 - The Stabbing
s1e3 The Stabbing
January 22, 2006
January 22, 2006
The Stabbing
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 1 Episode 4 - A Conflict of Interests
s1e4 A Conflict of Interests
January 29, 2006
January 29, 2006
A Conflict of Interests
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 1 Episode 5 - The Footie
s1e5 The Footie
February 5, 2006
February 5, 2006
The Footie
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 1 Episode 6 - The Deadline
s1e6 The Deadline
February 12, 2006
February 12, 2006
The Deadline
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 1 Episode 7 - Wrongful Death
s1e7 Wrongful Death
February 19, 2006
February 19, 2006
Wrongful Death
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 1 Episode 8 - The Good Father
s1e8 The Good Father
February 26, 2006
February 26, 2006
The Good Father
Season Finale
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 2 Episode 1 - Helpless
s2e1 Helpless
February 12, 2007
February 12, 2007
Helpless
Season Premiere
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 2 Episode 2 - The Safe-Cracker
s2e2 The Safe-Cracker
February 19, 2007
February 19, 2007
The Safe-Cracker
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 2 Episode 3 - The Bombing
s2e3 The Bombing
March 2, 2007
March 2, 2007
The Bombing
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 2 Episode 4 - Surburban Swingers
s2e4 Surburban Swingers
March 12, 2007
March 12, 2007
Surburban Swingers
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 2 Episode 5 - The Kidnapping
s2e5 The Kidnapping
March 19, 2007
March 19, 2007
The Kidnapping
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 2 Episode 6 - A Deadly Drug
s2e6 A Deadly Drug
March 26, 2007
March 26, 2007
A Deadly Drug
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 2 Episode 7 - The Shooting
s2e7 The Shooting
April 2, 2007
April 2, 2007
The Shooting
Watch Life on Mars - UK Season 2 Episode 8 - Undercover
s2e8 Undercover
April 9, 2007
April 9, 2007
Undercover
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The acclaimed BBC drama, Life on Mars, is absolutely fantastic - even a decade on feels fresh and relevant as it was in when it premièred. Much of this is down to the fantastic acting, solid scripts and boisterous buddy cop duo of Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt. We need more of these types on tv! The whole police team in the 1970s world has a great camaraderie, Ray, Chris, Annie, Phyllis, Sam and Gene all pull together, fight together and stand up for each other when the time comes - they each have unique relationships between them and this helps to build a solid team, as well as in interesting cast of characters to develop into a law enforcement crime drama. Sam and Gene’s ‘friendship’ forms the cornerstone of the team and is often pivotal in solving cases. Their relationship grows from grudging respect for each other to mutual respect and trust for each other by the time we get to series 2. They both have the same desire to keep people safe and keep the city free from criminals, however their methods and ways of ensuring this differ greatly. It’s great to see them learning from each other (Gene learning more from Sam than vice versa) as the show progresses and backing each other up not just as police detectives but also as friends. The gruffness of Hunt’s character covers up an emotional and vulnerable side to his character and seeing Tyler help develop this was a joy to watch. Tyler adapting to the 1970s and seeing all the references and nods to the past was fantastic - the world building was done very nicely over the episodes after the first one plunged us into this strange ‘new world’ of policing. I loved all the pop culture references Sam makes, much to the confusion of everyone else! The timely interventions of Sam’s younger self or his family were pivotal to help develop Sam’s emotional connection with the 1970s world and provided some interesting plot points and moral dilemmas for Sam - with often heartbreaking consequences. Watching Sam open his heart up to Annie throughout the show brought up some interesting moments. Annie’s psychology background and her understanding of Sam’s possible conditions helped him adapt to the 70s and made him feel sane at times. Their friendship has plenty of UST and at many points they SO NEARLY got together it was painful to watch. But Annie holds her own and waits for Sam to settle permanently in 1973 before finally getting together with Sam :) Sam’s faith in Annie and unwillingness to push her aside for her gender or experience is refreshing to see in a crime drama and certainly still relevant to today’s sexism debate. The ongoing issue of ‘why/where/how’ Sam is where he is, continues right until the last minutes of the finale. So many clues are dropped in throughout the seasons and it is possible to piece together why and where Sam really is - the finale may throw a few curve balls out there but ultimately resolves the issues and rounds off the series with an action packed, interesting and heartfelt goodbye to the characters we know and love. I could go on about the interesting cases the team solve and the often hilarious introduction to modern police techniques but ultimately you should go and watch these excellent 16 episodes and just enjoy the brilliant acting on display.
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Most of the time when you see a show was only on 2 seasons you think it must not have been a great show. This an exception to that rule. It only needed 2 seasons and it was a great show! The US version just didn't have the same impact. This was truly amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I've watched it several times all the way through.
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