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Life on Mars

Episode #104

When the body of a beautiful young woman is found, DCI Gene Hunt fears a serial killer he thought he'd sent down in the late '60s may still be at large. For Sam, the victim, a beauty rep like his Aunt Heather, triggers vivid recollections of childhood. Utilizing his knowledge of modern surveillance techniques, Sam is led to middle-class suburbia, where a local car dealer is throwing private parties employing the poorly paid make-up girls to "help out" when the lights go down and the wife-swapping begins. Sam and Annie go undercover as a young swinging couple to infiltrate the swinging world of Blue Nun and lava lamps.
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Series Description: Smart, savvy, sharp-suited detective Sam has his world turned upside down when the hunt for a cold-blooded murderer becomes a desperate rescue mission for his own girlfriend and fellow cop Maya. After a near-fatal car accident, Sam is mysteriously transported back to 1973 - only four years after he was born. Confused by his new and outdated surroundings, Sam impatiently tries to return to the present. But the police force of long ago needs his help, not least in solving a parallel crime. Can Sam overcome their rough and ready ways and maddening lack of forensic technology? Will he be able to get back to the present day and find Maya? Has Sam gone crazy? Is he in a coma? Or has he really travelled back in time?

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  • Episode #101

    DCI Sam Tyler’s world is about to be turned upside down. Moments after his girlfriend and colleague, Maya, is kidnapped by a serial killer, Sam is knocked unconscious by a car and wakes up… in 1973. [52 minutes]

  • Episode #102

    At a loss to discover the guilty party in a spate of armed robberies, A-Division goes to prison to escort notorious safe-cracker Dickie Fingers (Steve Evets) back to CID. However, as they transport him out of jail, they are set upon by a dangerous gang who will stop at nothing to get their hands on Fingers. As his mentor, Superintendent Harry Woolf, presides over the investigation, DCI Gene Hunt is keener than ever to show off his team's effectiveness, and they head straight for chief suspect Arnold Malone (Stephen Bent) who tips them off about the next robbery. Jaws drop in the CID unit when their first black team member arrives, DC Glenn Fletcher. Sam is taken aback - not because Fletcher's black, but because Fletcher's his mentor from his old life. Glenn becomes the butt of Ray's shockingly racist jibes, and yet seems happy to put up with it - something the present-day, older Glenn Fletcher would never do. [51 minutes]

  • Episode #103

    When a bomb warning is reported, A-Division goes on red alert. According to the caller, the IRA has brought their mainland bombing campaign to Manchester. DI Sam Tyler soon realizes the bomb warning reported doesn't fit with his understanding of IRA methods. However, when Sam's modern know-how fails, they turn his back on him. As his own team's trust in him evaporates, Sam fights to prove that blaming the IRA is too obvious. Desperate to regain the faith of his colleagues, Sam realizes he must also stop a fearful, bigoted CID going after the Irish community with typical "Gene Hunt" aggression. Sam begins to show his colleagues what trying times lie ahead for them and how forming genuine bonds of trust with their communities could be the only way to ensure peace in the city - a concept Gene finds hard to adopt! [51 minutes]

  • Episode #105

    The murder of a football fan near his local pub sends the team undercover on the eve of a big match. [51 minutes]

  • Episode #106

    Sam Tyler has been on sick leave for a couple of days, but he still feels strange - at least, stranger than normal. While trying to work out why he's having vivid hallucinations about what his CID colleagues are doing, he also has to take command of an urgent investigation. Sam stumbles into A-division, dazed and confused, and sees a man about to hang himself from the canteen ceiling. He learns the man's wife and daughter have been kidnapped, and are being held hostage. Knowing that time is ticking away on the women's lives, Sam is determined to shake the demons from his head, focus on the investigation and help the desperate family. He starts by interviewing all of A-Division, gaining a privileged insight into their perspectives. Sam learns of the murder of a young girl in 1972, and the speedy, aggressive apprehension of her boyfriend for the crime. In unpicking the details he begins to work out who might be motivated to hold these two vulnerable women hostage. When a clearly worse-for-wear Sam slips, Annie is left exposed as she deduces for herself the true identity of the kidnapper. Meanwhile, Sam's overview of the investigation has brought unwelcome information to light about the initial murder and hurried conviction. Now Sam and the rest of CID may have to see two dangerous individuals are brought to justice. [52 minutes]

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  • Episode #107

    Sam Tyler has been on sick leave for a couple of days, but he still feels strange - at least, stranger than normal. While trying to work out why he's having vivid hallucinations about what his CID colleagues are doing, he also has to take command of an urgent investigation. Sam stumbles into A-division, dazed and confused, and sees a man about to hang himself from the canteen ceiling. He learns the man's wife and daughter have been kidnapped, and are being held hostage. Knowing that time is ticking away on the women's lives, Sam is determined to shake the demons from his head, focus on the investigation and help the desperate family. He starts by interviewing all of A-Division, gaining a privileged insight into their perspectives. Sam learns of the murder of a young girl in 1972, and the speedy, aggressive apprehension of her boyfriend for the crime. In unpicking the details he begins to work out who might be motivated to hold these two vulnerable women hostage. When a clearly worse-for-wear Sam slips, Annie is left exposed as she deduces for herself the true identity of the kidnapper. Meanwhile, Sam's overview of the investigation has brought unwelcome information to light about the initial murder and hurried conviction. Now Sam and the rest of CID may have to see two dangerous individuals are brought to justice. [51 minutes]

  • Episode #108

    At the start of the season finale, Sam gets some messages from the future. The first is from his mother at his bedside. The next, more nefarious message is, "It's time. You must destroy Gene Hunt." Hang on for a thrilling final episode. [51 minutes]

  • Episode #109

    DCI Sam Tyler remains in the '70s--where he encounters the young incarnation of a ansty villain he put away in 2006. [52 minutes]

  • Episode #110

    With his mentor presiding over an armed robbery investigation, DCI Gene Hunt is keen to show off his team. [52 minutes]

  • Episode #111

    When a bomb warning is reported, A-Division goes on red alert. The IRA has begun its mainland bombing campaign. Now the terror has arrived--or has it? [50 minutes]

  • Episode #112

    The body of a young woman is found and the investigation takes the team to suburbia. [52 minutes]

  • Episode #113

    Sam feels strange--stranger than usual--but he must shake the demons from his head to help a desperate family. [51 minutes]

  • Episode #114

    When investigating the murder of a Ugandan Asian man, Sam battles against the bigoted reaction of his DCI. [52 minutes]

  • Episode #115

    Sam is woken in the middle of the night by Gene--drunk, and apparently having killed someone. [51 minutes]

  • Episode #116

    All Sam has to do, Morgan promises, is one more job and he can "come home." Sam's presumptions about his past, future, and his very soul unravel in a heart-stopping climax. [53 minutes]

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