A Mars A Day…

THE boys are back in town – and here’s a new pic to prove it.
Sam Tyler (John Simm) and Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) return for the second – and final – series of the best show on TV.
The conclusion of Life On Mars will finally reveal just what present day detective Sam is doing in 1973, and what becomes of Gene.
This new image was released yesterday as part of BBC1’s launch of its winter/spring 2007 new season of programmes.
It shows our two heroes with the iconic Ford Cortina against the backdrop of the Stockport council building used as the exterior for the seventies’ nick.
Although schedules are always liable to change, the new series is due back on screen in a month or two.

In the meantime, if you’re searching for Christmas presents, look no further than Life On Mars: The Official Companion by Guy Adams and Lee Thompson.
It’s a cracking read and an essential item on every fan’s bookshelf – a real labour of love.
You may also want to save some of that Christmas cash for “Dated and Sexist”, the long-awaited first album by Magic Alex, the band which includes John Simm on guitar and backing vocals. It’s out early in the New Year.
You can catch a flavour of their music here – and very good it is too.

* THERE could be bad news on the way for Life On Mars star Marshall Lancaster, currently appearing as Slug in Coronation Street.
Actress Katherine Kelly, who plays Slug’s Weatherfield girlfriend Becky, says she’s just read her Corrie scripts for January.
“He’s back – and it breaks my heart. I can’t believe what she does. You’ll have to wait and see. But I don’t know if the audience will like me too much after that.”
RADA-trained Katherine also guest stars in episode four of the new Life On Mars series, playing a character called Heather…Sam’s auntie in 1973.
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