Life on Mars (UK)

Season 2 Episode 5

Episode 5

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 20, 2007 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Sam puts thoughts of returning home aside as he investigates the kidnapping of a man's wife and daughter.

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Alicia Hall (II)

Alicia Hall (II)

Schoolgirl 1

Guest Star

Hayley McGroarty

Hayley McGroarty

Stella Lamb

Guest Star

James Peter Wells

James Peter Wells

Mitch Bathurst

Guest Star

Noreen Kershaw

Noreen Kershaw

Phyllis Dobbs

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The opening sequence starts with the line: "This is a box, a magical box…" In the original Camberwick Green, the opening poem goes: "This is a box, a musical box
      Wound up and ready to play.
      But this box can hide a secret inside.
      I wonder who's in it today?"

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Annie: Sam's still out cold. Doc says he may need to go to hospital for blood tests.
      Hunt: I know what blood group he is: A rhesus-smug.

    • Hunt: Right, Scotty Yard is sending up some sort of cryptomaniac to look for hidden clues in the ransom note.
      Sam: Cryptographer!
      Hunt: Whatever.

    • Hunt: Where have you stashed them Mitchy boy?
      Mitch: Up my arse, copper.
      Hunt: Do you want us to take a look?

    • Hunt: Graham Bathurst told us everything. Scumbag got twenty years. And I hope he's sharing a cell with a nice big smiley bloke called "Honeysuckle".

    • Sam: You've become inert.
      Carling: I'm not a nert. [ to Skelton ] What is a nert?
      Skelton: It's like a nonce.

    • Hunt: Chris, what you writing down?
      Skelton: Statement.
      Hunt: Right, add this. Your son, Mrs Bathurst, is a cold-hearted killer, and if there's a hell, he's going there to be poked up the arse with sharp fiery sticks for ever and ever amen!
      Skelton: There's an 'e' in fiery isn't there?

    • Sam: Case files? More like a safari park for dust mites.
      Carling: Don't come in with us, we haven't been home all night, and we're eating out of cartons.
      Sam: Ray, that's your life.
      Carling: I haven't been to the pub for thirty-six hours.
      Sam: Shit.

    • Sam: Listen, you. I can just about handle you, driving like a pissed-up crack-head, and treating women like bean-bags, but I'm going to say this once, and once only Gene: stay out of Camberwick Green!

  • NOTES (1)


    • Hunt: Theft and fencing – and I don't mean the sort that Steed does in The Avengers.
      The Avengers was a fantastical spy series whose hero, John Steed, was something of a dab hand at fencing – both with an épée and with his trusty umbrella.

    • Hunt: I reckon the Munich games will be one for the history books.
      Hunt was not wrong – but not because of the games, rather because the Black September terrorist group kidnapped and murdered the Israeli team and officials and German police.

    • Hunt: Well done, Van der Valk!
      Van der Valk was a detective drama series based on the novels by Nicolas Freeling. The series was set in Amsterdam, and the hero was a Dutch policeman – although all the parts were played by Brits and the Ford Granada still featured strongly!

    • Hunt: I've come at this from more angles than Linda Lovelace!
      Linda Lovelace was the star of infamous 1972 porn film Deep Throat.

    • The episode begins with a faithful recreation of the opening sequence from Camberwick Green (1966), a stop-motion animated series featuring a village in the fictional county of Trumptonshire, with Sam as the figure in the musical box.

    • Hunt: Are we about to get a recital of The Female Eunuch?
      Feminist writer Germaine Greer posited in The Female Eunuch (1970) that (Western) women were oppressed and desexualised through social conditioning and the nuclear family.

    • Sam: Ok, well, which one of them lot do you wanna do this – Larry, Curly or Moe?
      Larry Fine, Curly Howard and Moe Howard were The Three Stooges, a famous slapstick comedy trio from the 1930s and 1940s. Their sketches often revolved around comedic violence, with Moe starting to hit one of the other two because of a stupid remark he had made.