Monday, 15 January 2007

There IS Life on Mars!

John Simm and Philip Glenister are to return in a second 8-part series of Life On Mars to be shown on BBC ONE in 2007. An exact transmission date has not yet been announced.

The second series will mark the thrilling finale of the show, as we finally learn the truth about Sam's situation.

"We decided that Sam's journey should have a finite lifespan and a clear-cut ending," explains writer and co-creator Matthew Graham. "We feel that we have now reached that point after two series; so, although it is sad that we have finished filming Sam's final scenes, it's also been incredibly exciting!"

Executive Producer Jane Featherstone adds: "Obviously, we will not be revealing in advance what eventually happens to Sam as we wouldn't want to spoil everyones enjoyment of series 2.

"But they can certainly expect some shocking revelations. We have even filmed two endings because we want to keep everyone guessing."

Executive Producer Claire Parker says: "We were blown away by the reaction to the first series and of course it was tempting to go beyond two series. But we felt strongly that Sam's story reaches its natural and explosive climax after two.

"Hopefully, we will leave the audience wanting more yet having fond memories of Life on Mars for years to come."

Returning for the second series are Liz White as the intelligent and resourceful WPC Annie Cartwright, Dean Andrews as recently demoted DC Ray Carling and Marshall Lancaster as the keen to learn DC Chris Skelton.

The new series will reunite the same team of writers who worked on the critically acclaimed Series 1: co-creators and writers Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah and writer of Episode 7 Chris Chibnall, alongside two new writers to the series, Julie Rutterford (Hustle) and Guy Jenkin (The Private Life of Samuel Pepys) Claire Parker, producer of Series 1, is co-executive producer with Jane Featherstone and Matthew Graham, with Cameron Roach (Footballers Wives, Bad Girls) producing.

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