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One of the best TV series for years!,
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This review is from: Life On Mars : Complete BBC Series 1  [DVD] (DVD)
This has it all! It has genius acting, wonderful characters, exciting storylines and the added dimension of whether Sam is genuinely in 1973, mad or in a coma.
John Sim's acting is a masterclass. There is a 10 second slowed down sequence where his character Sam Tyler realises he has just seen his 4 year old self walk past with his long lost Dad on the way to the football - and it has to be seen to be believed.
Phillip Glennister is amazing as the DCI Gene Hunt, the dominating presence in the station. The clash of the old and the new policing is beautifully summed up. As Gene says "I never fitted anyone up that wasn't guilty...".
Great one-liners abound:
Sam Tyler: " If it was a football related killing he'd have had serious injuries."
Gene Hunt: "He's dead - I'd say that's pretty serious..."
Gene Hunt: "Ray, go and arrest the landlord of the Black Horse."
Ray: "Er, on what charge, guv?"
Gene Hunt: "Think of something on the way..."
Utterly brilliant. We watched the series on DVD, then watched it again immediately. Buy it now!