LifeOnMars.TV is a fan-blog dedicated to all things, Life On Mars. It covers the original BBC series LifeOnMars, its spin-off AshesToAshes and David E Kelley's up-coming US Remake. The blog also covers general news about casting, merchandise, fanclubs, websites and other related news.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dark Side Of The Moon

Last post was a bit of a joke. Yes here I am back nearly 4 and half years later with the next post. It has been announced that our favourite show is being remade in Russia. The BBC detective series - which saw detective Sam Tyler (John Simm) transported from 2006 to 1973 - will be renamed The Dark Side of the Moon and will be set in 1979. The remake will see a tough Moscow cop wake up with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in power, and government youth organisation Young Pioneers still active. Whereas the BBC series focused on the rough and ready police culture of the 1970s versus the more politically correct ways of modern Britain, the Russian producers admitted they had to reflect an entirely different atmosphere due to the influence of the Soviet regime. "In the British series, he goes from our time to that one and sees a harshness that does not work. He is a decent guy and opposes it," said producer Alexander Tsekalo. "In our story, it is all absolutely the other way round. He finds himself in the 1970s and behaves with a harshness that is not appropriate for a policeman of the Soviet period." Under the strict Soviet regime, police occupied a fairly minor role and were not nearly as powerful as security forces such as the KGB. Today's Russian force is severely underfunded and has been accused of bribe-taking, as well as engaging in drunken shootings and the torture of suspects. "He [is used to being able to] push his way into an apartment without a search order, break down the doors, twist people's arms and ask one-sided questions," Tsekalo explained. "They keep telling him, 'Have you gone mad? You're unbalanced. You mustn't do that. We don't do stuff like that'. "We worked with the reality that we live in," he added, "because today the authorities are harsher in some ways than they were then." The Russian launch marks the second time that Life on Mars has been adapted for foreign audiences. In 2008, a US version of the series aired on ABC in the US. It was cancelled after just one season, consisting of a total of 17 episodes plus the pilot.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

This Site Is Not Dead . . . . . .

Greetings All, for the majority of this year the site has appeared dead. This has not been intentional, and for this I apologize. In the coming weeks I will provide you with updates to this site, as well as it's sister site Many things have happened, especially with respect to the US Version of LOM. But more on that soon, also their will be quite a bit on our hero Gene.

'Till next time Martians peace....


Saturday, January 5, 2008

One Year On! (The Celebration Week P1)

Greetings Martians, today is a day of celebration. Exactly one year ago today I started this blog, to kill a bit of spare time. Why? Because I love the show of course. In 2006 when Life On Mars began, I got to see the first episode around a week after it aired in Britain. Once I watched it, I was hooked. A friend (which I won't name) sent me a copy of it, thinking that this guy likes Doctor Who so he must like time travel period. The friend was right, I eventually purchased the Series 1 box set. The rest is history.

This week is not only a special week for the site, but for the show in general as well. On the 9th of January 2006, LOM received its premiere screening on BBC1 in the UK. So this website turns 1, and the show officially turns 2. Okay you can get the party balloons and streamers out now, well what are you waiting for? To celebrate the shows second birthday, I'm going to do something you probably thought was forgotten about long ago. What is that, you may ask? Series 1 episode breakdowns, as we like to call them here. The series 2 ones have been up for ages, but with all of the recent repeat treatment LOM has been receiving of late (especially in Australia where I live) I decided that its time to complete it.

2007 was a great year for LOM. We finally got to find out whether or not Sam was mad, in a coma or back in time. Rather confusing statement when we were all watching it for the first time, we thought those were the only options. What a brilliant piece of writing deception that turned out to be. Congratulations are in order for Graham, Pharoah and Jordan. You guys stooged us, good and proper in the most Twilight Zonesque way. Thank You. Other developments in 2007 included, the announcement of the US Remake by David E Kelley and the spinoff Ashes To Ashes (which is about to hit our screens soon).

The year though was not perfect, well not for this site in any case. 2007 saw the first official artwork theft for this site, the announcement made quite a stir throughout the LOM fan world. It also brought with it sympathy from people who been affected in a similar way by the perpetrators, lets hope this stops. But I guess that's wishful thinking. Now I need to offer some thank yous to all of the people who have helped contribute to the site (and over this last crazy year.

Firstly I would like to thank Fran Davies (from Philip Glenister Index & Dean Andrews Official Site), without your support Fran I probably would have given up a long time ago, cheers. Secondly Mr Mike Bosworth. Mike sent me numerous amounts of pics, info and other items surrounding the spin off Ashes To Ashes. Thirdly Badwolf, BW was one of the original guys visiting the site. He was always quick to report anything he found out to me, thanks dude. BW and I later partnered in the now discontinued site John Simm PR, I also contributed to some of his other sites as well. Other noteworthy people include, Dawn from (Fab Cards), Jack Harkness X2 (the one from & the one from DrWho News), Mark from Tardis & Torchwood Treasures, Rhys, Gaz, Cpotey and last but not least George Frangeskakis. George came as quite a surprise, as he hasn't even watched the show!

If I have missed anyone, I am truly sorry. Before I go any further, I'll point out the obvious. The P1 on the end of the post title, its there for a reason. There will be several posts this week to celebrate the occasion, the majority of them will be site related and will include downloads for you all to enjoy. Desktops, avatars and even a jigsaw are some of things set for the next couple of posts. Series 1 breakdowns too, of course.

'Til next time Martians, peace and may the countdown to A2A commence right . . . . . . . . . . . . now!


Sunday, December 30, 2007

Pre and Post Xmas pressies from "The Daily Mail"

Greetings Martians, I hope you all had a great Xmas and are looking to 1974. Did I say 1974? I meant 1981, sorry. We've already celebrated 1974 over at BBC America, just joking. The wonderful folk over at The Daily Mail, have posted a short Life On Mars story in 2 parts for us. The first part was posted on the 23rd of December, with the second part being posted on the 29th, bit of a gap there but I guess we can live with that.

The story is written by none other than series creator and writer Matthew Graham, thanks Matt we needed something while we all wait for Ashes To Ashes cheers. If you want to read the story yourself, you can find it at the links below. Although it is a Christmas story, it is Life On Mars so don't expect it to be a happy one. The only way this could have been improved on, would have been if it was posted as an mp3 audiobook and read by the cast or possibly a LOM or A2A Christmas special.

(Gene Hunt & Sam Tyler both got a Party 7 for Christmas, lets hope they don't drink it in the Cortina or they'll have to bust each other for drink driving)

Maybe that's and idea for next Christmas, note that down Matt. The BBC throw countless millions at Doctor Who for Christmas, so why not the same for LOM / A2A? Any way I'm straying you want the story, here it is . . . . . . . .


Well Martians I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. Before I go I would like to mention that is celebrating its first birthday in just under a week, the 5th of January is the day to remember, so mark it on your calendars. There should be a bit for me to post then, as well as some downloadables for you all to enjoy. 'Til next time Martians peace and if you're British, keep an eye out for speeding Cortinas or Audis and Deloreans.


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