John Simm is back as DI Sam Tyler as Life On Mars returns to our screens next month for its much anticipated second, and sadly final, series.
Despite eerie visions that suggest a tantalising proximity to 2007, Sam once again awakes to find himself very much amongst the pale brown hues of the technologically prehistoric, politically incorrect world of 1973 Manchester – alongside his equally antiquated colleagues DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister), DC Ray Carling (Dean Andrews), DC Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster) and WPC Annie Cartwright (Liz White).
And, what’s more, he has a murder to solve.
Sam encounters the young incarnation of Tony Crane (Marc Warren – Hustle), a murderous villain he locked up in 2006, and soon realises that he is faced with the chance every copper dreams about – stopping the killer before he kills.
Gambling everything on ensuring Crane is sent down, Sam’s flagrant disregard for procedure stuns his colleagues in CID. But they can’t appreciate what Sam is starting to fear – that, since his car accident, Crane has been released and has found his way to Sam’s hospital bedside where he is exacting his revenge on Sam’s vulnerable body.
Still desperate to discover how he got to 1973, why he remains there and how he may return to the present day, Sam has to race against the clock to capture a killer who is trying to murder him in the future.