Complete first series of the acclaimed BBC police drama, starring John Simm and Philip Glenister. Detective Sam Tyler (Simm) is a professional 21st century cop, keeping the streets of Manchester clean. But when he is run over in a near-fatal hit and run accident, he wakes up to find himself seemingly transported back in time to 1973. Trying to adjust to the archaic and sometimes brutal methods of Seventies police work, Sam frequently clashes with his abrasive, hard-drinking DCI, Gene Hunt (Glenister), but finds a sympathetic friend in WPC Annie Cartwright (Liz Smith). But is Sam just imagining all this? Is he in a coma? Or is he really back in time? In this series, Sam discovers that some of his colleagues are taking bribes from a local gangster, the murder of a Manchester City fan threatens to spark off a riot, and Sam finds himself investigating his own father after he becomes chief suspect in a murder enquiry. Includes all eight episodes.
How would the modern face of policing cope in the land of The Sweeney
? Thats the question posed by Life on Mars
, as DI Sam Tyler (John Simm) a modern cop transported back to 1973 after a nasty car accident. There, he finds himself dealing with the significantly rougher attitudes and behaviours of "old-school" British policing, as exemplified by his new boss, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister). Its a fish-out-of-water story, as Tyler attempts to teach his new colleagues some very modern methods, while attempting to get used to sheepskin jackets, wide lapels and man-made fibres.
This first series of the hugely successful BBC programme sets the scene and introduces the characters that make up Tylers new world, but stumbles a bit by trying too hard to explain exactly how he got there (the "coma" subplot just gets in the way). Life on Mars is at its best when Glenister is on screen--hes bigoted, chauvinistic and aggressive, and goes through each episode alternately bellowing or scowling. But hes a product of his times, and in his heart, all he wants is to catch the bad guys. For Tyler, its all about the means, while for Hunt its all about the ends. They may not like each other much, but their on-screen chemistry is undeniable, and just one of the things that make this excellent series so watchable. --Ted Kord
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