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  1. This looks teh aces.

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

  2. > 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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…

  7. 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?

  8. > 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… :-)

  9. Everyone knows that already!

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

  11. FUCK. Big Brother and alcohol made me miss this.

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

  13. Or maybe not. Repeat has been cancelled. Bollocks.

  14. 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.

  15. Second episode – fantastic!

    That is all.

  16. 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?

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

  18. 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.

  19. > 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!

  20. It restores your faith in television, doesn’t it?

    Best so far.

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

  22. “David Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

    Genius.

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

    Meanwhile, I agree with John.

  24. The bit with the hip flasks was just brilliant.

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

  25. I agree. Fried gold.

  26. 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!!

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

    Brilliant.

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

  29. Yeah, but I don’t really see it happening, do you?

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