Detective Sam Tyler is racing to save his girlfriend and colleague
from a serial killer when a car crash puts him into a coma.
When he wakes up he is no longer in 2006 - he is now assigned
to the team run by the loudmouthed and un-politically correct
DCI Gene Hunt in 1973. Now you can read all about the creation,
inspiration and production of the BBC TV show in this official
guide to the first series of Life on Mars...
on Mars follows
the life of Sam Tyler as he struggled to do his job and keep
his sanity in the beer-swilling, cigarette-smoking, punch
first and ask questions later world of a 1970's police station.
he lost in time or just his own head? Would he ever return
to the 'real' world? What had brought him to this time and
was the opening premise that hooked 7 million viewers and
had them glued to their screens every week as the mystery
surrounding Sam deepened and his dilemma grew ever more intense.
Will he ever get home again, and how? Why is he in 1973, and
can he hang on to his sanity and cope with life in a very
different world than the one he is used to? Is it all coma-induced,
in his head, or is it real?
with the full backing of series production company Kudos -
the makers of Spooks and Hustle - the official
Life on Mars companion is packed with interviews with
cast and crew and insights into the making of the series,
from what first inspired it to the meticulously researched
1970s background and design. The result is a package which
recreates the look and feel of the show.
companion books are fairly dry affairs - usually cheaply produced
black and white pages with poor pictures slapped on the page
(check out Titan Books ongoing Stargate series of companion
books if you don't know what I mean). Thankfully Pocket Books
have pulled out all the stops to ensure that fans of Life
on Mars are treated to something a little special. What
we get are full-colour glossy pages throughout with some great
are doing it all the time these days, but a book?!!? How many
books do you know that house a hidden extra? Well, this one
does. Remove the dust jacket and you are greeted with a fantastic
looking retro '70s style cover.
those that loved the first series of Life on Mars,
this is an essential purchase.