BBC One’s time-travelling police procedural Life on Mars could’ve had a two-part revival, according to co-creator Ashley Pharaoh.
The cult hit ran for two series between 2006 and 2007 and follows DCI Sam Tyler (John Simm), who is involved in a car accident and wakes up in 1973. After an ambiguous ending and a spin-off series – Ashes to Ashes, which ended in 2009 – fans have been left wanting more from the drama.
And now it seems like they *almost* got it too.
Responding to a fan’s question regarding a “one-off / two parter” of Life on Mars on Twitter last night (August 13), the series’ co-creator Pharaoh has shared that he has thought about returning to the Life of Mars world before.
“We thought about a 2 parter back in the day but it didn’t make financial sense for the BBC,” he explained. “I wanted to do a 1970s Xmas special!”
Pharoah has spoken before about wanting to making a Christmas special for the TV series, telling Digital Spy back in 2016 that he’d “never say never” to making more.
“But we always thought we were going to do three series of Life on Mars – and then it became two,” he said. “I always wanted to do a Christmas special, with Morecambe and Wise and Mud… so never say never, I suppose.”
Earlier this year, Philip Glenister (who played the politically incorrect DCI Gene Hunt, Sam’s boss in the ’70s) shared that he doesn’t think a big-screen revival movie would ever happen.
“I can’t see it happening if I’m honest,” he said on This Morning. “Because we are all dead as characters! I don’t know. We are all a bit older now. It’s quite a long time ago.”
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