Life on Mars

From Manchester to New York

Editor(s): Stephen Lacey Ruth McElroy

Language: English

Genre(s): Media Film and Theatre

Series: Contemporary Landmark Television

  • March 2012 · 224pages · 234x156mm

  • ·Paperback - 9780708323595
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783161126
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708323601

About The Book

Life on Mars (2006-07), is one of the most talked-about television drama events of the last decade. Centring on Sam Tyler, a DI in 2006 who is inexplicably catapulted back to 1973 after an accident, the series mixes science fiction with police drama. This collection, the first extended account of Life on Mars, includes contributions by some of the most experienced television studies researchers, and extends the discussion to the series' follow-up, Ashes to Ashes (2008-10), set in 1981, considers the series' impact in the USA and the critical and popular response to the Spanish and American remakes.


This book offers new perspectives on the landmark drama Life on Mars, looking back at how it invokes the past, looking forwards to how it illuminates where British TV drama is going, and looking closely at how the series itself is structured. With insights from the makers of the programme as well as from academic experts, this book is essential reading for anyone concerned with what Life on Mars means for television. Professor Jonathan Bignell, Professor of Television and Film at the University of Reading.

About the Editor(s)

Stephen Lacey

Stephen Lacey is Emeritus Professor of Drama, Film and Television at the University of South Wales, and the author of several books on UK television drama; he is an associate editor of Critical Studies and Television.

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Ruth McElroy

Ruth McElroy is co-director of the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales and is a steering group member of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations.

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