Life On Mars

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Apr 12, 2007

Life On Mars by mr_blonde_88 at 9:02 PM (1,774 Views / 0 Likes) 19 replies

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    Did anyone watch the last episode?
    OMG how awesome!!

    Can't believe it's over though [​IMG] suppose we have the spin off Ashes To Ashes to look forward too, but still
    And the American version of it

    But still... this was one of the few examples the British television isn't all soaps, that there are still some creative minds at the BBC
     
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    Not many though... The only good things on now are Doctor Who and the Bill.

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    Sorry, don't watch tv so much myself, but I gotta ask.
    Does this have anything to do with David Bowie?

    Ashes to Ashes and Life On Mars are two of my favorite Bowie songs...
     
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    I haven't watched any Life On Mars. But I keep getting recommended it by mates,... May have to acquire some episodes.
     
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    The last episode was great, kinda like the twists "Oh wait he was actually in a coma in the 70's and went to the future, wow thats stupid", and then "Nope its the other way round" and then finally with him wanting to stay, loved it! Thought the first series was better though.

    Read this about the spin off:
    "The sequel, Ashes to Ashes, will see Philip Glenister return as DCI Gene Hunt - but this time in London in 1981.

    He will be joined by a female detective from the 21st Century who is stuck in the past after an accident.

    She will replace Life on Mars star John Simm, who was at the centre of the original mystery after apparently being catapulted back in time following a car crash in 2006.

    Viewers of Tuesday's finale finally saw the answer to his continual question: "Am I mad, in a coma or back in time?"

    'Sexy sidekick'

    The new character will be a modern woman who has risen through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police by using psychological profiling to capture suspects, producers said.

    But when she and her daughter are kidnapped, she is injured in a rescue attempt - and finds herself in 1981.

    Jane Featherstone, executive producer for TV production company Kudos, said the search was on for DCI Hunt's new "sexy sidekick".

    "It's a touch of Moonlighting teamed with a measure of Miami Vice," she said.

    Filming is due to begin this summer and the show will be broadcast on BBC One next year. "

    Sounds interesting, I wasnt sure about a spin off at first as I thought it will be at the same station but its in a different location so it wont be a retread of same characters and that.

    Something tells me the US version will go on for too long but could be decent I guess.

    I use to love the Bill but then it went into an hour long and was more about the characters than actual crime. Still love Doctor Who though at times it gets a bit Hollyoaksy. I write way too much.
     
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    Shizzle loads of Bowie songs are used on it, lol, listenin to Bowie now actually, made me wanna listen to him
     
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    Isn't the US office on like its 3rd series now?
    I like how Ricky Gervais leave's things on a high, doesn't drag a series down
     
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    Yeah The Office is on series 3, its on the 19th episode in that series! Theres actually more episodes in that series than all the UK ones put together! Its still very funny, probably the only succesful UK to US remake in a long time.
     
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    Off Topic - What other UK - US remakes have their been?
     
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    Maybe not the only, but pretty much the most succesful. It´s hilarious
     
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    Steptoe & Son / Samford & Son, was actually quite good.
    Fawlty Towers / Chateau Snavely big pile of shit, Fawlty character was a "lovable rouge" *cringe*
    Red Dwarf, two pilots were made, both were crap they made Lister into this macho hero...*cringes more so* had the same actor for Kryten though.
    One Foot In The Grave / Cosby, was as successful and shown over here, cant say I liked it.

    Rest of these I never saw:
    Are You Being Served? / Beanes of Boston
    Coupling
    Birds of a Feather / Stand by Your Man
    Ballykissangel / Hope Island
    Dad's Army / The Rear Guard
    Cracker (Called Fitz over here)
    The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin / Reggie
    Footballers' Wives / Football Wives
    George and Mildred / The Ropers
    The GRimleys / The Grubbs
    Love Thy Neighbour
    Men Behaving Badly / It's a man's world
    Never Mind The Buzzcocks
    Not the Nine O'Clock News / Not Necessarily the News
    On the Buses / Lotsa Luck
    Queer As Folk
    Spitting Image / D.C. Follies
    Porridge / On the Rocks
    Teachers
    The Vicar of Dibley/ The Minister of Divine
    Wild At Heart

    Theres loads more and most of them never make it past pilot as they dont actually get what made the shows popular in the first place. Most of the US shows are actually made up of our reality shows and game shows like Strictly Come Dancing, Wife Swap, How Clean Is Your House and all that, everytime I look at Tv.com I see what of our crap shows but remade. Theres more UK to US than US to UK as we accept foreign shows more, most famous are Blankety Blank, Apprentice, Price Is Right, Family Fortunes and The Upper Hand

    EDIT: There is a list of UK-US shows here.
     
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    new doctor who is very very good.
    it's spin-off, torchwood, wasn''t bad either.
    looking forward to more who and the 2nd season of torchwood.
     
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    Torchwood for me was just ok, the last two episodes were brilliant though, I did like the kiddy spin off Sarah Jane Investigates, it was you know...fun.

    *stands back as I may be trolling*
     
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    Nah, bollocks to Gervais; he's not all he's been talked up to be so he dumps each programme after 2 series and claims he's only following in the footsteps of Fawlty Towers.

    As for Life on Mars, I got the impression from reading interviews that the decision to stop at 2 series was John Simm's; if they had told all the stories they wanted to then why would they be doing what seems to be pretty much the same series but set 8 years later?

    Also, much as I loved the series I felt that they pretty much crammed all the exposition into the last two episodes; hopefully the US series will pace the plot arc a bit better.

    hadrian: That's a nice comprehensive list there. There are a few more listed at http://www.eskimo.com/~rkj/weekly/aa102500b.htm

    Till Death Do Us Part / All in the Family
    Fawlty Towers / Amanda's (the first attempt at a remake, before Payne)
    Pop Idol / American Idol (comes under the category of "US remakes of UK reality programmes" but it's been a huuuge success so is deserving of a specific mention I reckon)
    As If (why bother? It's Hollyoaks but shitter)
    Cold Feet
    Dear John
    Don't Forget Your Toothbrush (I believe this is the show that really made Chris Evans money 'cos he sold the format to every country in the world ever. Twice.)
    This Life / First Years
    Tom, Dick and Harriet / Foot in the Door
    Holding the Baby
    Agony / The Lucy Arnaz Show
    Masterchef
    Max Headroom (I didn't realise that the original TV movie was British but the spin-off series was American)
    The Young Person's Guide To Becoming A Rock Star / My Guide To Becoming A Rock Star
    The Kumars At No. 42 / The Ortegas
    That Was The Week That Was (I had no idea this was remade. "David Frost appeared, as well as Alan Alda, Henry Morgan, Buck Henry, and guests such as Woody Allen.")
    Robin's Nest / Three’s A Crowd
    Man About The House / Three's Company
    Keep It in the Family / Too Close For Comfort
    Touching Evil
    The Weakest Link
    Mind Your Language / What a Country
    Whose Line Is It Anyway?
    Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

    PS. Torchwood was cack. The last two episodes were decent but other than that... ugh. And I'm speaking as a staunch defender of RTD's Doctor Who (apart from the one with Peter Kay. That was pure gash.)
     
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    I got the feeling the arc was just thrown in just for the sake of having a 70's style cop show and compare what was done then to what what is done now, I hope that the US version wont have the usual 20 odd episdoes like most series do, that way we wont get any dull filler episodes. If done right I reckon it would do well, just hope it keeps the grittiness of our one.

    Oh and on the remake thing, what happened to the Father Ted US remake? Last I heard Steve Martin was linked to it and some Seinfeld writer was adapting the original scripts.
     
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    yeah, have to agree there, it was the last two eps the brought this whole Hunt must be brought down shiz
     
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    Watched the last episodes. I watched most of the first and second series but not every episode. Probably appeals to people who lived in the 70's more.

    Glad that Gene Hunt will return for the Ashes to Ashes one since he was awesome as the, "fuck it, we ARE the law" character.

    Ending for the finale seemed about right but it is strange for him to dream about the 70's when he's in a coma.
     
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    LEGEND
     
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    Okay, the spastic in a magnet factory one just flew over my head.
     

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