Life on Mars confirmed in North Texas


Two points to ponder

One, I’m guessing you’re already done with Red Carpet Premiere Week. The Event really wasn’t that “eventful” and the 33rd season of Survivor just isn’t that compelling. After all, they all survive.

Second, there’s no more need for the Mars Exploration Rover Mission. The two robotic space mission rovers, Spirit and Opportunity have been searching since 2003 for proof positive that there is life on Mars.

All anyone has to do is look at the TV schedule tonight (Thursday) in North Texas at KERA Channel 13 and they would see there is definite proof of Life on Mars from 7-10p CT. The first three episodes of this brilliant series from Kudos Film and Television, producers of MI5, will save lots of NASA bucks in the future and end the traditional Fall commercial television doldrums for another year.

For those that are saying that they remember this as an American series starring Harvey Keitel, put this out of your mind. The British version, which stars John Simm as Sam Tyler and the great Philip Glenister as DCI Gene Hunt, is light years ahead of the American version, as is the usual case for any and all American re-makes of quality British comedy and drama.

For those unfamiliar with the series, in a nutshell, Sam Tyler is a 21st century Manchester detective that survives a near-fatal car accident….or, does he?  He “wakes up” in the middle of 1973, dazed and confused, wondering if he’s gone insane, in a coma or simply gone back in time.  It’s brilliant…and, the music is great judging from the teaser clip below.

Would love to know what you think of the series if you feel so inclined to post your reviews here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqSzV1MPi0w&feature=related

  • I didn’t watch it regularly, but when I would stumble across it on BBC America I would stop. I thought it was excellent, and now having the opportunity to start watching from the beginning I am worried about getting all my school work done. 🙂

    • Jessica: That’s what DVR’s are for. Remember, no TV until you’re school work is done.

  • Dana

    I absolutely LOVE this show!! However,…it seems as though it’s been taken off of PBS/KERA (Dallas-Fort Worth. ???? I’ve watched it every week since it’s come on KERA and last week it didn’t come on. And I’ve looked at the TV guide for this week and to no avail…

    What’s happened?? Does anyone know if the series will recommence??

    • Dana: rest assured that LOM is only off during the current membership campaign. It will pick up next Thursday, Dec 16 at 9:00pm right where we left off in November. Glad you are enjoying. FYI, we just acquired the broadcast rights to Ashes to Ashes, the sequel to Life on Mars for a Spring 2011 broadcast.

  • Glenda

    I have really loved the series and characters of Life on Mars. It doesn’t seem to be on this Thurs. Jan. 13th. I’m very disappointed.

    I really loved the line-up of British shows on 1-8-2011. They all were excellent and I want to keep seeing Doc. Thanks for the great programming! Glenda

    • @Glenda: Glad you’ve been enjoying LOM and also the new Saturday line-up. Unfortunately, the Jan 6 broadcast of “Mars” was the series finale and no more were produced. There is, however, a follow-up sequel to the series, Ashes to Ashes that moves DCI Hunt and all the gang into the 80’s. It essentially picks up where Life on Mars ends. KERA will broadcast this series in the spring/summer of 2011.