Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Life on Trumpton?

I wonder, have you caught the truly inspired promotional teaser trailer for the second series of BBC 1's Life on Mars yet? If not, you are in for a real treat:

I was in stitches when I saw that. The drama series of course is set in the 70's - the Golden Age of Trumpton and Camberwick Green... and although the programme is much grittier than the trailer implies (although it does have extremely comedic moments too), lampooning Trumpton is a very appropriate way to promote it.

Whoever dreamed up the concept of Life on Mars, must be a genius. You get to do a cop show with all the 70's prejudices and nostalgia... yet maintaining the moral high ground as we see it through the eyes of Sam Tyler, a detective who is either in a coma, insane... or quite possibly trapped 33 years in the past. Although this is the second series, we will definitely find out the truth... because it is also rather sadly, the final series.

My personal belief is that Sam has travelled in time... in his mind. He is in the body of an entirely different Sam Tyler from 1973. He has been sent back to put right a few wrongs... and when they are accomplished, he will awake from his coma in 2007. He will get back to his office and check the records and discover the truth. That he was in the body of another man from the past. I believe they have borrowed several ideas from Quantum Leap. Nelson the barkeeper seems very important... and it wouldn't surprise me at all if he were God... and the test card girl were Satan.

Whatever the truth is, we will find out together from February 13th as once more we'll be "'avin 'oops", whilst watching the adventures of Gene Hunt and Sam Tyler.

Oh and I couldn't resist uncovering this little gem of an advert from Quaker Oats, which is not wholly unconnected:

Good old Windy Miller and his Uncle Goober!


  1. Anonymous2:11 pm

    Was that Quaker Oats with whole nuts!

  2. Glad you found that trailer for Life on Mars on YouTube, it cracked me up when I saw it. I can watch it over and over now!


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