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Life on Mars tells the story of Sam Tyler, a police officer in service with the Greater Manchester Police. After being hit by a car in 2006, Tyler awakes in 1973 and finds himself working for the predecessor of the GMP, the Manchester and Salford Police at the same station and location as in 2006. Early on in the series, it becomes apparent to Tyler that he awakes as a Detective Inspector, one rank lower than his 2006 rank of Detective Chief Inspector. As part of the Criminal Investigation Department, Tyler finds himself working under the command of Gene Hunt.
Throughout the two series, the central plot centres on the ambiguity concerning Tyler's predicament of it being unclear to both the audience and the character whether he has died, gone mad, is in a coma or has actually travelled back in time.
It was directed by Bharat Nalluri, John McKay, SJ Clarkson & John Alexander & produced by Claire Parker with executive producers Jane Featherstone & Matthew Graham
When it was original aired in 2006 it was on prime time TV 9 o’clock on Monday nights on BBC one it ran from the 9 January 2006 – 10 April 2007, and there was 16 episodes one shown a week each episode was an hour long.
The main writer of the series was Chris Chibnall it was co created by Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan & Ashley Pharaoh
DCI Sam Tyler is distressed after finding his colleague dead tailing a case, He steps out of his car, and is knocked down by another vehicle, he shuts his eyes and wakes up in 1973 in the exact same spot. He thinks it’s a big joke, but Gene Hunt soon sorts him out, is he in a coma, mad or is he back in time?