The British time-traveling police drama Life on Mars is one of the most mindbending, memorable shows in recent memory. The show starred DCI Jon Simm as Sam Tyler, a modern-day cop who was suddenly hit by a car and woke up in 1973 London, where lawmen played it fast and loose. Unsure if he was dead, in a coma, or had actually time-traveled, Tyler struggled to get back to the present. The show ran for two satisfying series before concluding, while a sequel series (not focusing on Sam) ran for three.
But if you're still looking for more Gene Hunt, worry not. A new book titled 'Life on Mars: Blood, Bullets, and Blue Stratos' is slated to be released next month. Here's the official description for the book, which contains spoilers from the Life on Mars finale:
It’s time to pull on the stringbacks, leap into the Cortina, and whack on some Bowie as DI Sam Tyler and DCI Gene Hunt roar back into action in a brand new instalment of the ground-breaking Life on Mars series.
“If you think I’m gonna stand here listening to yet more of your Mary, Mungo and Midge about waiting for back-up, you’re even dopier than the front of your head suggests, Tyler. I’m going right up them stairs to nail me a villain – and that, Sammy-boy, is called law enforcement!”
When detective Sam Tyler was catapulted into the alien world of 1973, he could think of nothing but getting home. It was a world where men swigged scotch before breakfast, smoked fifty Embassy No. 6’s day and where birds put the kettle on.
But when at last Sam got home, he realized he’d left his heart back in the seventies amongst the fly-wing collars and pints of Skol. And he missed Annie Cartwright, the woman he had fallen in love with, and perhaps – just perhaps – he even missed The Guv, that nicotine-stained, sexist, homophobic caveman who was his DCI.
Now Sam is back in ’73 for good, but is this the greatest mistake he’s ever made? The creepy little girl from the TV test card seems to think so. As Sam dodges bullets, deals with what appears to be a IRA bombing campaign, and clashes with the irrepressible Gene Hunt, the test card girl keeps warning him, “you should never have come back here, Sam. It’s all going to end in tears. You’ll see… you’ll see…”
It looks like we'll be venturing into the time between the Life on Mars finale and the Ashes to Ashes premiere. The 320-page book, out from HarperCollins on September 6, will be available in eBook format in both the US and the UK for $5.99/£3.99.
It's the first of four scheduled Life on Mars eBooks, though the rest haven't received release dates or even titles.
What do you think? Are you excited to take a look at the lawman beating up the wrong guy again? Or are you going to skip some more nonce-bashing with Gene Hunt?
'Life on Mars: Blood, Bullets, and Blue Stratos' hits virtual shelves September 6.