Life on Mars (UK)

Season 1 Episode 2

Episode 2

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 16, 2006 on BBC
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Episode Summary

When Sam discovers that DCI Hunt plans to plant evidence to secure the conviction of an armed robber, he decides to release him.

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Jane Relph

Jane Relph


Guest Star

Rafaella Hutchinson

Rafaella Hutchinson

Test Card Girl

Guest Star

Frank Walmsley

Frank Walmsley

Ambulance Driver

Guest Star

Tony Marshall

Tony Marshall


Recurring Role

Noreen Kershaw

Noreen Kershaw

Phyllis Dobbs

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Sam has asked Leonard for a car registration number.)
      Leonard: E… Dunno.
      Hunt: Sorry, was that you saying the letter E and then you don't know the rest, or was that you saying "Ee, I dunno!"?

    • Sam: You have the right to remain silent, er… you do not have to say anything, but if you fail to mention something now that you later rely on in court… uhm… er…
      (Hunt looks at Sam, then back at the suspect.))
      Hunt: …You're nicked!

    • (Opening sequence quote, repeated throughout the series.)
      Sam: My name is Sam Tyler. I had an accident and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever's happened it's like I've landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.

    • Sam: Why does it have to be now, Nelson? Why this particular year?
      Nelson: What you saying, mon brave?
      Sam: '88 was a good vintage, year I graduated from the force. Colour television, central heating. It was like bloody Star Trek compared to this. [ looking up ] Can I change it? I'll have 1988, please. Quick as you like… See, I don't mind staying if that's how it's got to be, but please can I have a year that's A.D. as opposed to B.C.!

    • Sam: This place is like Guantánamo Bay.
      Hunt: Give over, it's nothing like Spain.

    • Skelton: Gerroff 'im! He's got a verruca!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music used in this episode.
      Live and Let Die by Wings
      No One Came by Deep Purple
      Drum Song by Willie Lindo & The Charmers Band
      Saga of the Ageing Orphan by Thin Lizzy
      Lazy by Deep Purple
      One of These Days by Pink Floyd
      Dream Land by The Upsetters


    • When Sam and Hunt fight in the hospital, Sam does a couple of "Karate-Style" moves ending up with the "come-on" hand gesture used by Neo and Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy.

    • Hunt: Is that the Wizard of Oz? The Wizard will sort it out, because of the wonderful things he does.
      The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) is a classic children's book telling the tale of a young girl who, whilst she may or may not be dreaming, is swept away to a distant land and spends the rest of the book trying to get back home where she belongs, and she seeks the aid of the magical Wizard of Oz. In The Wizard of Oz (1939), a musical based on the novel, the Wizard is described as "a whiz of a wiz because of the wonderful things he does."

    • Hunt: It's him, Lt. Uhura.
      In the original Star Trek television show, Lt. Uhura served as communications officer aboard the Enterprise on its five-year mission, under the command of James T. Kirk. She was often pictured with her communications device protruding from her ear, similar to the hearing aid worn by Leonard.

    • Trent: Cookery class, I'm having it off with Fanny Cradock.
      Fanny Cradock was a television cook who appeared from the mid-50's until 1976 on a variety of BBC cookery shows and she is credited with the invention of the modern prawn cocktail. She published over 100 cookbooks and a 96-part magazine cookery series during the course of her career.

    • Hunt: You know if you were Pinocchio, you would have just poked my eye out.
      Pinocchio is the eponymous character from the children's classic by Carlo Collodi. It is about the adventures of the mischievous Pinocchio, an animated marionette, in his quest to become a real boy. One of the central images of the book and later films is the fact that Pinocchio's nose grows longer every time he lies.

    • Sam: This place is like Guantánamo Bay.
      This is a reference to the U.S. detainment camp established there that currently holds suspected terrorists from Afghanistan and Iraq, many without charges ever having been filed. There have also been accusations of questionable evidence used to justify the arrests and of torture during interrogations. Cases are currently making their way to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the legality of these procedures.