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Life on Mars: Season 2, Episode 8

Sam is confronted with a fateful decision: to abandon his mates and return to the present, or to stand with them and take life as it is in 1973.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x8
Airdate: Tuesday April 10th, 2007

Director: S.J. Clarkson
Writer: Matthew Graham

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Jan 22, 2008
NL (NPS) May 01, 2008

  • Currently 9.7/10
9.7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Noreen Kershaw
As Phyllis Dobbs
Ralph Brown
As Frank Morgan
Tony Marshall
As Nelson
Jack Deam
As Donald Sykes
Jacqui Boatswain
As Officer 1
Judi Jones (1)
As Ruth Tyler
Philip Lightfoot
As Security Guard
Sean Gilder
As Leslie Johns
Main Cast
John Simm
As DI Sam Tyler
Philip Glenister
As DCI Gene Hunt
Liz White
As WPC/WDC Annie Cartright
Dean Andrews
As DS/DC Ray Carling
Marshall Lancaster
As DC Chris Skelton
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alvin StardustMy Coo Ca Choo 
David BowieLife On Mars 
David BowieChangesOn the roof and in the closing sequence
Elton JohnLove Lies Bleedingduring the initial driving sequence
Israel Kamakawiwo'oleOver The Rainbow 
Mott The HoopleOne Of The Boys 
Tom WaitsI Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You 

Episode Quotes
Gene: You up for a bit of play-acting, Raymondo?
Ray: It's all good, guv. It's not Hamlet.
Sam: That's good because Hamlet is a tragedy.
Ray: Trust you to know that... Poof.

Cultural References
Sam: Bloody 'ell, 'e looks like Andy Capp

Andy Capp is a now-classic British comic strip character, the subject of a self-titled strip since 1957. He represents a sort of British lower-class everyman, a drinker, carouser, fighter, gambler and general ne'er-do-well. He is known for his trademark flat cap over his head, which eternally hides his eyes from view, and, originally, for a cigarette always dangling "Bogart-like", from his lip (which stopped in the 80s), as well as continual fighting with his wife, Florrie (who gave as good as she got), though this stopped in the 90s over concerns it promoted domestic violence. While their relationship has always been dysfunctional and tumultuous, it was often depicted as based on deeper feelings badly executed and behaved.

Sam: This is not The Famous Five, Chris...

The Famous Five is a referent to a series of children's novels written by British author Enid Blyton. The tales center around four children and a pet dog, and take place during school holidays when home from boarding schools. Each time they met, they wind up in an adventure of some sort.

Ray: It's all good, guv. It's not Hamlet.
Sam: That's good because Hamlet is a tragedy.

Hamlet is the most well known of Shakespeare's plays, with many of its lines having worked their way into the general meme pool, most notably "To be, or not to be..."

Warning: Life on Mars season 2 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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