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Life on Mars: Season 2, Episode 5

When a desperate man whose family has been kidnapped attempts to hang himself in the division offices, the crew is forced to re-examine an old case believed closed. The result is a Rashomon-like overview of the case interviews and information, even as Sam attempts to deal with a accidental drug overdose to his comatose body in the here-and-now future.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x5
Airdate: Tuesday March 20th, 2007

Director: Andrew Gunn
Writer: Matthew Graham

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Jan 01, 2008
NL (NPS) Apr 10, 2008

Guest Stars
Noreen KershawNoreen Kershaw
As Phyllis Dobbs
Adam BeresfordAdam Beresford
As Graham Bathurst
James WellsJames Wells
As Mitch Bathurst (as James Peter Wells)
Jonty StephensJonty Stephens
As Don Witham
Lesley Clare OLesley Clare O'Neill
As Mrs. Bathurst
Olwen MayOlwen May
As Mavis Witham
Reece DinsdaleReece Dinsdale
As Simon Lamb
Main Cast
John SimmJohn Simm
As DI Sam Tyler
Philip GlenisterPhilip Glenister
As DCI Gene Hunt
Liz WhiteLiz White
As WPC/WDC Annie Cartright
Dean AndrewsDean Andrews
As DS/DC Ray Carling
Marshall LancasterMarshall Lancaster
As DC Chris Skelton
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
ELO10538 Overtureat the closing credits
HawkwindYou Shouldn't Do That 
Roxy MusicJust Like Youas Sam recovers, after the arrest

Cultural References
Gene: You've got convictions datin' back to your twelfth birthday. Theft and fencing -- I don't mean the sort that Steed does in The Avengers.

John Steed, played by Patrick Macnee, was the central character in both The Avengers and The New Avengers, a popular British spy/mystery series in the sixties and seventies (no relation of any kind to the American comic book super hero group).

Utilizing light comedy deriving from tongue-in-cheek humor and a sense of self-deprecation, mildly science fictional plots, a mature sensuality, and engaging characters The Avengers and its revival remain camp favorites from the sixties and seventies. The series was also the subject of a rightfully poorly received 1998 movie staring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman.

John Steed was the quintessential John Bull form of spy -- impeccably tailored and cleanly stylish, imperturbable, and always at ease. Just as much an alpha male as James Bond, but not a lothario, Steed was popular with ladies but he was always a complete gentleman. Among Steed's trademarks were a bowler hat and a black umbrella. He was, as suggested by the comment, also an expert fencer.

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