Life On Mars: The Series Two DVD


IT’S out today with some great extras for fans.
Many will head straight for disc 4 and behind the scenes film: The End of Life on Mars.
Here are just a few extracts:
Matthew Graham on Sam’s return to 1973: “He chooses to go back to that world where he feels more alive than he’s ever felt.”
He adds: “We wanted him back in ’73, but it was how he got there. I think that was where the suicide thing really kicks in.
“Should he commit suicide. Is it suicide? I don’t think it’s suicide in his mind. It’s not suicide at all.
“He’s not running away from responsibility and from his life. He’s actually running towards responsibility. He’s running towards doing the right thing. He promised Annie he’d be there for her and he’s going back.”


Episode eight director SJ Clarkson comments: “I don’t want to see it as a guy committing suicide, where he just runs and jumps off.
“For me, I said. ‘I’ve got to create this leap of faith.’”
That also reflects how I viewed the scene.
In one sense, Sam leapt from a tall building so, of course, there can only be one inevitable consequence.
But all we saw after his leap was blue sky and then the fade to black, before he re-emerged from the 1973 shadow – we didn’t see him land.
There are other fascinating insights.

The “white light” scenes involving Sam in pain during episode one of series two were a taste of what was to come in episode eight – when Sam was drawn towards the bright white light in the rail tunnel.
John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster and co-creator Ashley Pharoah are also among those who talk about the final episode.
Producer Cameron Roach says: “Some people would like to have left the series on the jump and, perhaps, not seen any more.
“But to other people it was really important to see the coming together of Sam and Annie.
“I think that we have got the balance right in terms of answering questions, but also leaving some questions up in the air that the audience can take an ownership of the series as well.
“There are still some unanswered questions, but we have a satisfaction of knowing what is going on in Sam’s mind and what is important in Sam’s imagination.”
Other bonus features include Behind The Scenes of Episode 5 – Camberwick Green, which highlights the work of Altrincham’s HOT Animation.
If you missed play.com’s £17.99 limited special offer the other week, the series two DVD boxed set is selling for around £25 online and in some supermarkets, and £30 or more elsewhere. The full price is £39.99.
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10 responses to “Life On Mars: The Series Two DVD

  1. Chris

    Ian can i ask you a couple of questions regarding your interview with Matthew Graham? Firstly i’m sure i heard a rumour last year of the possibility of a life on mars film. I know the shows ended now but could it still happen? After all didn’t Porridge do a film after the series ended. Dad’s Army certainly made a film telling the story from the begining long after the original series had begun.
    And also Matthew Graham seems to indicate at the end of a previous blog that it might not be completey the end of Life on Mars.Was that an impression you also got or am i just reading too much into what he says in those final few sentences? Possibly one or two christmas specials, like they’ve done with Only Fools when the actual series ended?Thanks!

  2. Ian Wylie

    Chris – thanks for the comment and ask away. At one stage there was early talk of a possible Life on Mars film but, as far as I understand, the idea was later dropped and I don’t believe it will ever happen. I also think that last week saw the very end of Life on Mars. Again, there was talk of a possible two-part special (which could have been set at Christmas) to follow the end of the second series but that was also dropped in favour of the ending we saw on screen. What I don’t think has been ruled out is the option of involving Sam one day down the road in Ashes To Ashes…possibly to end a second series or whatever. But that’s just my own personal view, and I could be wrong. It would also, of course, need the agreement of John Simm, who might well want to leave Sam as he was. And it has to be remembered that the first series of A2A is still being written.

  3. Chris

    Thanks Ian. Whatever happens with Ashes to Ashes i do hope that they don’t try and tie up any of the remaining loose ends from the Life on Mars ending. I know some people didn’t like it because they wanted definitive answers but for me it was the perfect ending. So please Matthew Graham if you’re reading this keep the Life on Mars ending up to our own interpretation! Would also say though that i hope Sam and Annie get a mention in the series and are not simply forgotton. Hopefully happily married (now it would have been funny to see Gene organize Sam’s stag night!) and with a little one on the way-with Gene of course being named the godfather!

  4. George Sweetnam

    Regarding Episode 4, the Swingers episode, why has The Strawbs song “Lay Down” been replaced?

  5. Ian Wylie

    George – as I understand it, there are complicated issues involved when it comes to clearance of music tracks for DVD release as opposed to original TV broadcast. There were several music substitutions on the series one DVD, including the loss of the Rolling Stones’ Wild Horses. The series two DVD is missing both The Strawbs’ Lay Down and the Tom Waits’ track in ep eight. Both were crucial to the respective scenes and it’s a huge shame they are not on the DVD. But those who know far more about it than me say the world of music rights is very complex.

  6. George Sweetnam

    Ian, do you have any information on the boxed set of series 1 & 2 due out in late September, specifically on whether there will be extras in addition to those existing already on the two DVDs, or will these extra extras merely be trailers for Ashes to Ashes?

  7. Ian Wylie

    George – I believe it will simply be the existing two products packaged together with no further extras, but I don’t have any further official info as yet.

  8. Lawrence Harris

    Surely the ending saw Sam realise from the lack of pain (from cutting himself) that he was only *then* in a coma. Hence he jumped off the roof to force his jump into 1973 which was actually his reality. Or did get this all wrong somehow?

  9. Bob

    Actually, I feel so bad about Sam’s death. It was ending so roughly and I don’t think I’d like to watch “ashes to ashes” any more. It let me down though it “touched” me so much.
    Remember, most normal audiences did not graduate from the drama institutes.

  10. DAVE P[EACH

    I WAS NOT VERY HAPPY WITH THE ENDING OF LIFE ON MARS BECAUSE I THINK THAT SAM WHEN SAM WOKE UP HE SHOULD HAVE MEET UP WITH ANNIE IN 2006 AND I THINK IT ENDED TO SOON I MISS LIFE ON MARS THERE SHOULD BE A FILM OF LIFE ON MARS WITH THE TV CAST AND THE SHOULD BRING BAC SAM&ANNIE IN ASHES TO ASHES

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