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Life on Mars

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] Closed Captioning

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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 Confused by his new and outdated surroundings, Sam impatiently tries to return to the present.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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