Life on Mars (TV series)

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Life on Mars
Format Time travel
Police procedural
Alienation
Existentialism
Created by Matthew Graham
Tony Jordan
Ashley Pharoah
Starring John Simm
Philip Glenister
Liz White
Dean Andrews
Marshall Lancaster
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 16 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Kudos Film & Television
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Picture format PAL (576i)
Original run 9 January 2006 – 10 April 2007
Chronology
Followed by Ashes to Ashes

Life on Mars is an award winning 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 Manchester Police (played by John Simm), after being hit by a car in 2006, he is in the year 1973. There, he works for Manchester Police CID as a DI under DCI Gene Hunt (played by Philip Glenister). Over the course of the series, Tyler faces various problems, most frequently regarding the differences between his modern approach to policing and the more old-fashioned way of his colleagues. It is unclear whether he is insane, in a coma, or if he really has travelled back in time.

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