Dreaming, delusional, or displaced in time? Police detective Sam Tyler (John Simm, State of Play) must decide which describes him in this intriguing twist on the police procedural that has won two International Emmys® and rave reviews from critics and fans.
Hot on a killer's trail in modern-day Manchester, Tyler gets struck by a passing car and wakes up in 1973. The high-tech tools and respect for proper procedure have vanished. Instead, he finds himself working on a homicide squad where hard drinking replaces hard thinking. Forensics takes weeks to analyze, and his boss, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister, Clocking Off), has no qualms about roughing up suspects-or Sam himself. Still, Tyler has real-world crimes to solve, even as strange voices call him back to his 21st century life. But when he bonds with sympathetic policewoman Annie Cartwright (Liz White, The Fixer), Sam wonders: does he really want to return? 8 episodes on 4 DVDs, approx. 466 minutes, SDH.
While investigating a murderer in present-day Manchester, Detective Sam Tyler gets run down by a car. He wakes up in 1973, where he's the new DI at his old police station, but all the rules are different. Soon they're hunting the same serial killer from 2006. If Sam catches him, can he save lives in his own time--including his girlfriend's?
Commentary by co-creator and writer Matthew Graham, director Bharat Nalluri, and producer Claire Parker
Over Gene's objection, Sam insists they let a robbery suspect go due to lack of evidence. When an innocent woman gets hurt as a result, Sam works to arrest the culprit and redeem himself. He uncovers a crucial witness, but protecting him may put Annie's life in danger.
Commentary by director Bharat Nalluri and producer Claire Parker
The team investigates the death of a textile worker found stabbed on the factory floor. Betting his instincts against Sam's forensics, Gene immediately sets his sights on union leader Ted Bannister. Sam, however, thinks the case may be more complicated than it appears.
Commentary by star Philip Glenister and director John McKay
Sam arrests a man working for Stephen Warren, the local crime boss, and realizes most of the force is on the take. Undeterred, he finds further motivation when he witnesses a henchman harassing his mother. But he's soon caught in a sticky situation with one of Warren's girls.
Commentary by stars John Simm and Philip Glenister, co-creator and writer Ashley Pharoah, director John McKay, and producer Claire Parker
When a Manchester United fan is murdered, Gene insists it's a case of football hooliganism turned deadly. Unconvinced, Sam suggests they go undercover as barmen in the United pub to learn more about the victim. As the match between the teams approaches, tensions within the city explode into violence.
Commentary by co-creator and writer Tony Jordan, director S.J. Clarkson, and producer Claire Parker
A gunman takes hostages at the Manchester Gazette, threatening to execute victims starting at 2:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Sam learns that his own life may be in danger. Believing that saving the hostages will also save himself, Sam struggles to defuse the situation when Gene's negotiation tactics prove less than subtle.
Commentary by co-creators and writers Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah and director John Alexander
While Gene and Sam are out, a suspect dies in a holding cell under peculiar circumstances. Although Gene wants to protect his squad, Sam refuses to allow a cover-up and finds himself in the uncomfortable position of investigating his fellow officers. Commentary by stars Dean Andrews and Marshall Lancaster, writer Chris Chibnall, director S.J. Clarkson, and producer Claire Parker
A new gang has infiltrated Manchester's criminal element. In pursuing them, the team encounters Vic Tyler--Sam's father, absent since he was four. Is Vic an innocent man who stumbled into illicit dealings? Or is he a willing participant? And if Sam prevents his father's imminent departure, can he return home himself?
Commentary by star John Simm, director John Alexander, and producer Claire Parker
- Audio commentaries for every episode with cast and crew.
- "Take a Look at the Lawman," and hour-long documentary with cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
- Interview clip with director Bharat Nalluri
- "The Music of Life on Mars" featurette with composer Ed Butt
- "Get Sykes" featurette with production designer Brian Sykes
- Outtakes reel
Run Time: 466 minutes
Number of discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
SDH: Yes (including some bonus programming)
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"An intoxicating treat"--Variety
"Compulsive viewing"--Daily Mail (UK)
"Terrific performances"--Los Angeles Times
"Intelligent...refreshing...brilliant...seductive...cool"--San Francisco Chronicle
"The bottom line here: get it. Well-acted, well-written trip with some fabulous chemistry between the actors."--Blogcritics Magazine
"Enthralling saga recommended for mystery and time-travel fans alike!"--Midwest Book Review
"Top 5 crime dramas to watch this summer includes Life on Mars and Prime Suspect."--Examiner.com
"A genre-bending show of the best sort: character driven, intriguing, and full of conflict."--Examiner.com
"Clever, funny and tough, a truly unique addition to the genre"--Venice Magazine
International Emmy Winner for Best Drama Series 2006
International Emmy Winner for Best Drama Series 2008
Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner for Best Television Episode Teleplay (Matthew Graham, Episode 1, 2007)
BAFTA Audience Award Winner (2007)
Broadcasting Press Guild Award Winner for Best Drama Series (2007)
Television and Radio Industries Club Awards Winner for Best TV Crime Program (2008)
Banff Rockie Award Winner for Best Continuing Series (2006)
BAFTA Nomination for Best Actor (John Simm, 2007)
BAFTA Nomination for Best Director (2007)
BAFTA Nomination for Best Drama Series (2007)
BAFTA Nomination for Best Editing (2007)
BAFTA Nomination for Best Production Design (2007)
BAFTA Nomination for Best Sound (2007)
BAFTA Nomination for Best Writer (2007)
BAFTA Nomination for Best Production Design (2008)
Saturn Award Nomination for Best International Series (2008)
Saturn Award Nomination for Best Presentation on Television (2007)
National Television Award Nomination for Most Popular Drama (2007)
Royal Television Society Award Nomination for Best Actor (Phil Glenister, 2007)
Royal Television Society Award Nomination for Best Drama Series (2007)