Life On Mars creator reveals ‘Final Chapter’ details

We thought it was all over with Ashes To Ashes, but Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah’s time-travelling saga – that began with Life On Mars – looks set to return for a ‘final chapter’.

During a live watch-along of Life On Mars, Graham issued a number of tweets that revealed details about what would be a third and final instalment of the story.

Graham told fans that he’s expecting all the main stars – John Simm, Phillip Glenister and Keeley Hawes among them – for the instalment, and see it as as ‘four or five episodes’.

The groundbreaking show told the story of present-day detective Sam Tyler (Simm) who suffered a near-fatal car crash and woke up in 1973. There he was forced to work with reductive police chief Gene Hunt (Glenister) solving crime in and around Manchester while trying to get back ‘home’. The show ran from 2006 to 2007, and for two series.

The follow-up, Ashes To Ashes, saw a similar conceit: Met officer Alex Drake (Hawes) was near-fatally shot and woke up, this time in 1981 London, and is similarly forced to work with Hunt. It ran for three series from 2008 to 2010.

Back in 2016, Pharoah said ‘never say never‘ to a reunion.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Dan Campling says:

    Personally I loved both Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes. Well written and great soundtracks but, for me, the story ended perfectly at the end of Ashes. I’m hoping it’s not a case of over egging the pudding because I’ll be gutted if Final Chapter is inferior. To quote Gene Hunt, I’m as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.

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  2. Jane says:

    Well seeing as we’re all living in an alternative NOW already, it’ll be very appropriate ☹️


  3. James says:

    I was disappointed by the ending to Ashes to Ashes. I thought the Keely Hawes character should have take over the role of Phillip Glenister so he could move on. Looking forward to the final episodes!


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