Life On Mars, Series 1
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Smart, savvy, sharp-suited detective Sam has his world turned upside down when the hunt for a cold-blooded murderer becomes a desperate rescue mission for his own girlfriend and fellow cop Maya. After a near-fatal car accident, Sam is mysteriously transported back to 1973 — only four years after he was born. Confused by his new and outdated surroundings, Sam impatiently tries to return to the present. But the police force of long ago needs his help, not least in solving a parallel crime. Can Sam overcome their rough and ready ways and maddening lack of forensic technology? Will he be able to get back to the present day and find Maya? Has Sam gone crazy? Is he in a coma? Or has he really travelled back in time?
|1||VideoEpisode 1||DCI Sam Tyler’s world is about to be turned upside down. Moments after his girlfriend and colleague, Maya, is kidnapped by a serial killer, Sam is knocked unconscious by a car and wakes up, in 1973. Sam discovers that in this strange new world full of cigarette smoking, gum chewing, unreconstructed men. He’s a DI starting his first day in a new precinct and he needs to prove himself to his new DCI, Gene Hunt.||52:19||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoEpisode 2||The team arrest Kim Trent, an elusive criminal high on the CID’s wanted list. When Sam realises that Gene has planted evidence to secure Trent’s conviction he intervenes and releases Trent. Gene is furious and believes that human rights are for human beings and Trent doesn’t qualify and, besides, Gene’s never fitted up anyone who didn’t deserve it.||52:07||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoEpisode 3||When Sam responds to a fatal stabbing at Crester’s Textiles he’s shocked to discover that Crester’s is the converted mill where he lives in 2006 and the dead man is quite literally lying in his kitchen. Sam sets up a forensic investigation but Gene thinks he’s wasting his time as there’s a rule in these sorts of cases – first one to speak did it. Sam has found his fight. As he gets to know Ted and starts to uncover the truth of what happened at the mill, Sam realises just how much the concept of family and community has changed since 1973.||52:05||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoEpisode 4||Sam’s belief in doing the right thing calls into question the ethos of his whole department as he takes on local gangster Stephen Warren in an attempt to stamp out police corruption.||52:06||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoEpisode 5||The murder of a football fan near his local pub sends the team undercover on the eve of a big match. With the press using the murder of a Manchester United fan to fuel the flames of hate between rival fans, Sam believes the only way to prevent a full-scale riot is to prove that the murder was not football-related. Under pressure to solve the murder before the tensions destroy the community, Sam suddenly finds the riot is not only upon them but it has also brought him face to face with the killer...||52:11||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoEpisode 6||Sam hears his mother’s voice saying goodbye to him and that his life-support machine is to be turned off at 2pm. He is terrified; he’s alive and determined to make himself heard. But how, when he is still stuck in the 1970s? Before he can do anything, a call comes in about a man who has taken people hostage at the local newspaper, the Manchester Gazette. The gunman is threatening to kill the hostages at 2pm. Is this Sam’s way of saving his life in 2006?||52:17||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoEpisode 7||When small-time drug dealer Billy Kemble (Kevin Knapman) dies in police custody, Sam is pitted against all his colleagues in CID. His suspicions that the details of the death are being covered up by the unit make him very unpopular with everyone, and even more so when he tries to uncover the truth of what really happened in the cells.||52:06||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|8||VideoEpisode 8||Sam has finally started to accept his new world and believes that he can deal with anything that it throws at him – until he comes face to face with his 29-year-old father. Sam realises that this is the time in 1973 when his dad left the family for good and wonders whether that’s why he is here, to clear his father’s name and stop him from leaving. If he can convince his dad to stay with the family… will he now wake up in 2006?||52:19||£1.89||View in iTunes|
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At first I thought a supposed crime fighting time traveller was cliched, but this is actually the best drama the beeb have produced in a very long time. Dry wit along with the nostalgia and politcal correctness' worst nightmare, Gene Hunt makes this series really enjoyable. For some, it brings back memories, and for others it makes them wish they lived at this time. 100% recommended. 5 stars. what more can I say. except...if you haven't watched it you really have to watch it from the start otherwise it won't be half as good.
Fantastic series but better on DVD
Life on Mars is one of my favourite shows of recent years but I didn't watch it when it was first broadcast because it seemed like a daft story. After hearing so many people raving about it I decided to watch the repeats and was soon hooked. It's great to see some quality British shows on the iTunes Store but a certain online retailer is currently selling the DVD version of this series for just a couple pounds more and you get extras with it. Downloads should be cheaper and come with extras but I've decided not to take a star off because the rating is for the series and not the value for money. I personally wouldn't pay iTunes prices for inidvidual tv show episodes or a series but if price doen't bother you then I can recommend Life On Mars.
One of the best from the BBC
Thank you BBC/iTunes for supplying this series as a download and at a resonable price too. (HMV=£20). If only I could play it on iTunes. With the new feature in version 220.127.116.11 of freezing every couple of minutes for 30 seconds it is unusable. No longer fit for purpose. Fortunately I still have an earlier version of iTunes on my laptop and it works well on my 5th generation iPod hooked up to the TV. Now that iTunes is including some good TV programmes for download maybe they can sort out the 7.6 problems so that we can play them. 5 stars for the programme 1 star for iTunes.