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Life on Mars


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5/8. When local businessman Simon Lamb finds his wife and daughter have been kidnapped, he threatens to hang himself in the station's canteen.
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Life on Mars 9.00pm BBC1
The second series has frequently had a bit of a woozy David Lynch feel, as if the avant-garde director had sneezed on the scripts. This episode is dark, odd and unsettling; it even feels a bit like Lynch's TV masterpiece Twin Peaks. Though I can't recall Lynch ever using Camberwick Green puppets in his work - there's a delightful opening as a representation of Sam emerges from the musical box in a special, very adult Life on Mars version of the much-loved children's TV programme.
It's all linked to Sam's 21st-century coma and is yet another manifestation of his nightmares. Sweaty and shivering, he's called back to work after a mother and daughter are kidnapped. Their disappearance is linked to a young man's conviction for the murder of a teenage girl.
Most of the story is told, from different viewpoints, in flashback. It's quite effective, but might leave you feeling decidedly strange. Maybe it's not just Sam who's in an altered state... (Alison Graham)


Writer: Matthew Graham
Producer: Cameron Roach
Director: Andrew Gunn
DI Sam Tyler: John Simm
DCI Gene Hunt: Philip Glenister
WDC Annie Cartwright: Liz White
DS Ray Carling: Dean Andrews
DC Chris Skelton: Marshah Leicester
WPC Phyllis Dobbs: Noreen Kershaw
Simon Lamb: Reece Dinsdale
Mrs Bathurst: Lesley Clare O'Neill
Mavis Witham: Olwen May
Don Witham: Jonty Stephens
Graham Bathurst: Adam Beresford
Mitch Bathurst: James: Peter Wells
Stella Lamb: Hayley McGroarty
Schoolgirl one: Alicia Hall

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