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Life On Mars

Quickly, before I get told off for an off topic post. 9pm, BBC ONE, Monday night. Don't forget!

*runs off*

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This looks teh aces.

It's written by Matthew Graham of Doctor Who: Series 2 episode 11 fame, too.

By Cappsy on 08-01-06 @ 19:17

> It's written by Matthew Graham of Doctor Who: Series 2 episode 11 fame, too.

Yeah, the Stephen Fry episode is postponed to series 3 because it ended up being too expensive to do. Life On Mars hopefully will be good, but how the hell does he end up back in the 70s?

By performingmonkey [TypeKey Profile Page] on 08-01-06 @ 21:12

Life On Mars hopefully will be good, but how the hell does he end up back in the 70s?

Well, this could well be the driving question for the whole series, so I'm sure we'll find out.

I bet he's in a coma, though.

By Cappsy on 08-01-06 @ 21:26

I'm really quite looking forward to this. John Simm is watchable in bloody anything, and it's really nice to see, in the wake of Who, sci-fi concepts being treated as something that can be put into intelligent, thoughtful drama with a real-world grounding.

By Seb Patrick [TypeKey Profile Page] on 08-01-06 @ 22:02

FANTASTIC!

By John Hoare [TypeKey Profile Page] on 09-01-06 @ 22:10

Turns out there IS Life On Mars. Bloody marvellous.

Looking forward to seeing Tony Jordan's eps - City Central is one of the most underrated BBC dramas ever. Primetime Saturday night and no bugger remembers it!

By Andrew on 09-01-06 @ 22:17

I still think it's hilarious that every time something big happens in Eastenders, they drag in Tony Jordan. As though their regular writing team just can't handle writing the really important stuff...

By John Hoare [TypeKey Profile Page] on 09-01-06 @ 22:26

Incidentally - the girl on the testcard was *not* Carole Hersee.

Proof that it's all his mind, or that it's not 1973 from our universe, or what?

By John Hoare [TypeKey Profile Page] on 10-01-06 @ 00:01

> Proof that it's all his mind, or that it's not 1973 from our universe, or what?

That and the fact that yoiu need to get out more... :-)

By Andrew on 10-01-06 @ 00:12

Everyone knows that already!

By John Hoare [TypeKey Profile Page] on 10-01-06 @ 00:47

Will Ep1 will be repeated (on BBC Three, possibly)? Even my Dad's been raving about this...

By Pete Martin on 10-01-06 @ 22:43

FUCK. Big Brother and alcohol made me miss this.

By Ian Symes on 11-01-06 @ 13:37

Ah, found out is repeated (with sign language) on BBC1 Thursday night/Friday morning.

By Pete Martin on 11-01-06 @ 14:07

Or maybe not. Repeat has been cancelled. Bollocks.

By Pete Martin on 12-01-06 @ 22:27

FUCK.

By Ian Symes on 12-01-06 @ 22:47

Why didn't I see this yesterday?

I missed it on monday too, and sat up till 1am hoping that the repeat would start.

Fuck.

By si on 13-01-06 @ 09:41

Second episode - fantastic!

That is all.

By John Hoare [TypeKey Profile Page] on 17-01-06 @ 06:14

Still haven't seen episode one, but episode two last was, indeed, great.

Oh, and does anyone else remember John Simm starring in a sitcom with David Threlfall, 'Men of the World' around ten years ago, or is it just me?

By si on 17-01-06 @ 17:04

Yeah, I remember that. Poor man's Men Behaving Badly.

By Pete Martin on 17-01-06 @ 22:35

From The Independent today...


The good name of John Simm is in danger of being tarnished by an ugly row over his latest TV series, the BBC's flagship drama Life on Mars.

Bosses at the corporation are investigating allegations that Simm's show - about a modern policeman who travels back in time to 1973 - has been plagiarised.

The writer James Ruppert says it bears an uncanny similarity to Spencer Haze, a script he (unsucessfully) submitted to the Beeb in 2001.

"Not only was my show about a policeman travelling back to 1973, it also featured cars 'morphing' from old-fashioned to contemporary models," he tells me. "There too many other similarities to be a coincidence, especially as my script was rejected by Serena Cullen, who is now head of drama development at the BBC."

Yesterday, Ruppert submitted a formal written complaint, telling me "I'm not going to let this one go."

A BBC spokesman said: "We take complaints of this nature very seriously and it'll be investigated appropriately."


Hmmm... probably nothing. First time I heard about it I thought the concept was very similar to Night Watch (Terry Pratchett) but there you go.

By Rad on 17-01-06 @ 23:57

> does anyone else remember John Simm starring in a sitcom with David Threlfall

David Threlfall's best ever sit-com appearance was in the magnificent Nightingales on Channel 4. One series - alongside Robert 'Before He Was Crap' Lindsay - that just nailed a style that Father Ted would later come along and perfect. If you haven't seen it, you really should. And one ep featured a guest appearance from Jake 'Kill Crazy' Wood.

> The writer James Ruppert says it bears an uncanny similarity to Spencer
> Haze, a script he (unsucessfully) submitted to the Beeb in 2001.

When I placed in a Casualty script competition a few years back, but didn't win, within the year three of the four storylines from the script I submitted had appeared, in some form, in the series. But were they plagarised, or is there just a pulse/zeitgeist that poeple pick up on? (It's like Deep Impact and Armageddon going into production at the same time.)

Also, the morphing car was in the trailer, wasn't it? Or do we expect that to turn up in an episode at some point? And obviously the knocked-unconscious-to-travel-in-time story is as old as movies.

Still, it'll be inetersting to see how this shakes out. Life On Mars's creators are very 'establishment'. They're exactly who I would smuggle a stolen idea to were I a BBC Drama producer!

By Andrew on 18-01-06 @ 09:30

This programme really is ace.

By Seb Patrick [TypeKey Profile Page] on 23-01-06 @ 22:03

"Erm... four-ish?"

By John Hoare [TypeKey Profile Page] on 23-01-06 @ 22:11

It restores your faith in television, doesn't it?

Best so far.

By John Hoare [TypeKey Profile Page] on 30-01-06 @ 22:03

Also: NICE TITS

By John Hoare [TypeKey Profile Page] on 30-01-06 @ 22:17

I watched this for the first time tonight, and I agree with Seb.

By Spid on 30-01-06 @ 22:29

Out on DVD October 2nd! When's my student loan due...?

http://play.com/play247.asp?page=title&r=R2&title=873002&p=57&g=72&pa=sr

By si on 12-02-06 @ 16:19

"David Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".

Genius.

By si on 14-02-06 @ 16:50

>I watched this for the first time tonight, and I agree with Seb.

Meanwhile, I agree with John.

By si on 14-02-06 @ 17:59

The bit with the hip flasks was just brilliant.

I love the fact that the show isn't ashamed to do proper *jokes*!

By John Hoare [TypeKey Profile Page] on 14-02-06 @ 18:02

I agree. Fried gold.

By si on 14-02-06 @ 18:04

The first episode is finally repeated (with signing as part of 'the sign zone') on Monday night at 1.40am on BBC1.

This has been a public service announcement.

DON'T MISS IT!!

By si on 18-02-06 @ 11:20

Set the tape for episode 1 - and it worked! watched it this morning - at last.

Brilliant.

By si on 21-02-06 @ 13:49

i did not watch the last one but i think he does go bake to 2006

By sehar on 06-03-06 @ 18:53

Brilliant suggestion of a Who/Mars crossover over at imdb:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0756450/

Look down that cast list!

By si on 06-03-06 @ 21:57

Brilliant suggestion of a Who/Mars crossover over at imdb:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0756450/

Look down that cast list!

If that's true, that would be wonderful.

By Cappsy on 06-03-06 @ 22:10

Yeah, but I don't really see it happening, do you?

By si on 07-03-06 @ 11:52

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