Thursday, February 09, 2006

These are the voyages… of a seventies cop
I can't remember the last time that I actually watched something that was on BBC One on a regular basis or heard people talk about it in and out of the office like I have with 'Life on Mars'.

It's compelling, brilliantly made TV. This sentence is usually followed by the words "from America". As in recent years that's where all the ground-breaking, brilliantly written, strong drama has come from, be it 'Buffy', 'Alias', 'Lost', 'Sex and the City', 'Six Feet Under' or 'The Sopranos' to name a few.

  The better news is that it the show is coming back for a second season and BBC Worldwide looks likely to sell a slice of 70s Britain, with chopper bikes and Ford Cortina Mk1s, around the world with talk of a slot on US TV.

The partnership of John Simm's modern-day copper Sam, with technology and political correctness running through his veins, is a dream TV partnership with Philip Glenister's Det Chief Insp Gene Hunt, who is moulded in 'The Sweeney''s school of slags and hard knocks.

The BBC has been pulling in 6m, with a big-screen spin-off a possibility as well, which the idea would be ideally suited to.

If I only have one gripe, it's the way, as with 'Lost', that the show is dragged out. Is he in a coma and the 70s all a vivid childhood dream? Or something else entirely. I'd kind of like to know. Posted by Picasa

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