John Simm describes Life on Mars as being a “game changer” in his career.
The BBC drama was part police procedural drama, part science-fiction fantasy. It followed John Simm’s Sam Tyler who after an accident, wakes up in 1973.
In the past, he teams up with Gene Hunt, memorably played by Glenister, and the pair clash as they try to solve crime and the biggest mystery of all – what took Tyler back to the past.
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Life on Mars ran for 16 episodes before Simm left. A sequel, teaming Gene Hunt with Keeley Hawes ran for a further three series but now plans are afoot to reunite the original team in a show called Lazarus.
Last week, creator and screenwriter Matthew Graham confirmed that he and Ashley Pharoah had finished a script for the pilot. “It contains the words – Hanging, Boogie, Creme Fraiche,” he tweeted via his production company’s account.
John Simm, currently starring in Sunday night detective drama Grace, revealed more details of those plans to The Big Issue.