OBSESSED? Never. OK, I’ll confess to watching the first episode in the new series five times, and the next three at least twice each.
And where will I be at 9pm next Tuesday? Do you even need to ask? Is there a Life On Mars counselling line?
There’s another news story on the series in today’s MEN. You can read the online version here, along with yesterday’s latest features here and here, plus a longer chat to John Simm here.
Not all of the copy made it into today’s paper. For example:
Copies of a spoof booklet from North West District CID – The Rules Of Modern Policing 1973 Edition – are also being traded on eBay, after thousands of free copies were snapped up at cinemas across the country.


SO much to report about the final series of Life On Mars.
Interviews and background material, all held for several months until the Manchester drama returns to the screen.
Now there’s just 14 days to go before Sam (John Simm), Gene (Philip Glenister) and the rest of the A-Division team are back on BBC1.
The first feature on the second series is in today’s MEN – click here for the online version.
There’s more from that interview with John to come, along with others, including Phil, Liz White (Annie) and Marshall Lancaster (Chris).


LIFE on Mars star Philip Glenister wanted to take it home to speed up the weekly shop.
John Simm was frustrated he never got to play with it.
A bottle of Old Spice in the glove box, David Bowie playing on the radio and a screeching sound coming from the tyres?
Yes, we’re talking about the real star of the award-winning Manchester drama, which is to be auctioned for charity.


IT’S the best-selling show heading for a heart-stopping climax.
The return of Life On Mars is now just a matter of weeks away, with eight hotly-anticipated episodes ready to roll.
A viral marketing campaign has already begun and TV trails start on BBC1 this Saturday.
Fans will know how Sam Tyler (John Simm) and Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) were transformed into puppets for a surreal sequence in episode five.


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.


CONGRATULATIONS go to two Manchester TV shows today, shining on the global stage.
Both Life On Mars and Vincent won International Emmys in New York last night.
I was up long before dawn to report on a night of triumph for British TV. You can read the online version of today’s MEN report here.
BBC1’s Life On Mars was named Best Drama ahead of fellow nominees, including Vincent.
Co-creator and writer Matthew Graham was among members of the TV team who collected the award.
He said: “We have had such a fantastic response to Life On Mars from viewers and critics alike and this award is the icing on the cake.
“I’m sure, somewhere, Sam Tyler, Gene Hunt and the gang are splashing on the Old Spice, donning their flares and opening the Party Seven – celebrating in proper, seventies style.”
Executive producer and joint managing director of production company Kudos Jane Featherstone was also delighted.
She said: “We are thrilled that the exploits of a man who doesn’t know if he’s in a coma or mad and his sexist brute of a partner have been recognised with an Emmy.”


LIFE On Mars star Marshall Lancaster may surprise a few fans in the second series of the classic TV show.
The Macclesfield actor, who plays clumsy Detective Constable Chris Skelton, will be back on screen with Sam, Gene and co in the New Year.
My interviews with the cast are embargoed until nearer transmission, so I’m unable to reveal what’s in store for Chris and the rest of the team.
But there is some news for viewers, including me, who simply can’t wait for the new – and final – BBC1 series to start.
Firstly, Marshall is about to pop up in Coronation Street as Slug, a character linked to bad girl Becky, played by Katherine Kelly.
He’ll be on screen next week as Life On Mars: The Official Guide To Series One (pictured) goes on sale at a book shop or online retailer near you.
It’s an absolute must for fans of the Manchester and Stockport filmed drama, which gets my vote for the best TV show of 2006.


LIFE On Mars may be ending as we know it but there’s good news for fans of the hit TV drama set in 1973.
BBC1 bosses today confirmed they are developing a spin-off show – also to be named after a David Bowie song – which could be filmed in Manchester next year.
Ashes To Ashes is set in the 1980s and is due to feature some cast members from the original show, if it gets the go-ahead.


THEY filmed the final scenes 11 days ago. Life On Mars as we know it is no more.
When I spoke to cast members on set in August, it was clear that the new second series would be the last.
The only question was whether it would be followed by a final two-part special.
Now it’s been confirmed that the eight episodes in the new BBC1 series – due on screen early in the New Year – will be the end of the story.
The news came just hours before Life On Mars was nominated for an International Emmy.
It’s up for Best Drama in the awards, which take place in New York on November 20.


THE bottles of Old Spice and Hai Karate aftershave are still in Gene’s office and a jar of pickled eggs sits behind the bar of The Railway Arms.
Earlier this week I spent a day on set in Manchester during filming for the second series of BBC1’s Life on Mars – the best drama on TV last year by some distance. And that includes Bleak House.
The main interviews with cast and crew have to be held back until nearer transmission. But from what I saw and heard, fans of the show won’t be disappointed when it returns early next year. Even the most avid student of Life on Mars should be satisfied.
It’s been hot in the city for the TV team this summer. The heatwave has caused problems for Philip Glenister, who plays Det Chief Insp Gene Hunt in a big camel coat. “It’s been pretty nightmarish,” he told me.
But there’s another reason why the Gene Genie has been getting hot under the collar while making the second series of the hit drama set in 1973.