Life on Mars premiered on TVOne the other night. It’s from the gang who gave us Spooks and Hu$tle, so I had to try it. The Goddess found it all a bit laddish but I enjoyed it immensely despite the broadcaster squeezing in ad-breaks every eight minutes or so.
It’s a typical cop show – the Gruff Old-Style Copper partnered with an Enlightened New Policing Detective, who butt heads with each other as they solve crimes with a mix of street-smarts and technical nous – except there’s three decades of policing between them. Aficionados of police procedurals – like myself – who remember 1970s-style t.v.-policing (The Sweeney‘s swashbuckling crime fighting, anyone?) should get a kick out of this.