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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

 
Guest Stars
Tony MarshallTony Marshall
As Nelson
Recurring
Tony MarshallTony Marshall
As Nelson
Recurring
Ralph BrownRalph Brown
As Frank Morgan
Recurring
Noreen KershawNoreen Kershaw
As Phyllis Dobbs
Recurring
Philip LightfootPhilip Lightfoot
As Security Guard
Philip LightfootPhilip Lightfoot
As Security Guard
Jack DeamJack Deam
As Donald Sykes
Sean GilderSean Gilder
As Leslie Johns
Sean GilderSean Gilder
As Leslie Johns
Judi JonesJudi Jones
As Ruth Tyler
Main Cast
John SimmJohn Simm
As DI Sam Tyler
John SimmJohn Simm
As DI Sam Tyler
Philip GlenisterPhilip Glenister
As DCI Gene Hunt
Philip GlenisterPhilip Glenister
As DCI Gene Hunt
Dean AndrewsDean Andrews
As DS/DC Ray Carling
Dean AndrewsDean Andrews
As DS/DC Ray Carling
Marshall LancasterMarshall Lancaster
As DC Chris Skelton
Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
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 
Tom WaitsI Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You 


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..."



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