Life on Mars

Nelson, Robin (2010) Life on Mars. In: Essential Cult TV Reader. Essential Readers in Contemporary Media and Culture . University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, pp. 142-148. ISBN 9780813125688
Creators:Nelson, Robin

'Life on Mars' is a British series made by the independent producer Kudos for BBC Wales. Like a number of groundbreaking television programmes, 'Life on Mars' came to be produced somewhat by chance. Some seven years prior to production, the writers came up with the idea for a different kind of cop show with the working title 'Ford Granada'. They had developed the script for what was now called 'Life on Mars' to quite an advanced stage when Channel 4 summarily decided that it was too risky. By chance, the BBC had a vacant slot for an innovative cop show, and extraordinarily, Jane Tranter (BBC controller, drama commissioning) gave 'Life on Mars' the green light within days. Under executive producers Julie Gardner (head of drama, BBC Wales) and Claire Parker (for Kudos), the first season of 'Life on Mars' consisted of eight episodes (January - February 2006); the second season, commissioned before the first one aired, was also eight episodes (February - April 2007). 'Life on Mars', pitched as a cop show with a twist or "added depth", was finally in the right place at the right time.

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Additional Information:Library Code: 791.457 LAV ----- HBK ISBN: 978-0813125688 ----- EBK ISBN: 978-0813150208
Uncontrolled Keywords:Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, TV drama, cop show, BBC, British TV
Date:11 July 2010
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