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John Simm teases ‘a lot of travelling in time and car chases’ in Life on Mars sequel Lazarus

Time travelling and car chases… we love to see it (Picture: BBC)

John Simm has teased fans over what’s to come in the highly-anticipated Life on Mars sequel Lazarus.

The BBC drama – which ran from 2006 to 2007 – followed Detective Inspector Tyler, (John) struggling to come to terms with waking up in 1973 following a near-fatal car crash.

The show’s success led to the 2008 spin-off, Ashes to Ashes, which was set in London and featured Keeley Hawes as DI Alex Drake.

Both John, and his co-star Phil Glenister (DCI Gene Hunt) previously hinted that they wouldn’t turn down the opportunity of reprising their iconic roles, as the 51-year-old actor hinted that bosses came up with a ‘brilliant idea about how it could come back.’

Series creators Matthew Graham and collaborator Ashley Pharoah recently confirmed they have penned the pilot for the follow-up series, and now John, 51, has vaguely teased what fans could expect.

‘I’m not allowed to say much but it’s the same characters,’ he said.

The hit series ran from 2006 to 2007 (Picture: KUDOS)
John confirmed the return of our favourite characters (Picture: KUDOS)

‘They’re writing the pilot and apparently, it has been picked up so me and [co-star] Phil plus [writers] Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham are going to meet up and have a chat.’

‘The idea is really good – there’s a lot of travelling in time and car chases,’ he told The Big Issue.

‘So I think it is happening, fingers crossed. But in this business, you never know.’

Confirming the upcoming sequel on social media, screenwriter Matthew shared: ‘So Ashley Pharoah and I have completed the pilot script for Lazarus. It contains the words – Hanging, Boogie, Creme Fraiche.’


Although a pilot has been written, the BBC are yet to confirm whether the series will be commissioned by the broadcaster.

The supernatural drama nabbed the prestigious pioneer audience award for the best programme at the Bafta TV awards in 2006.

It’s A Sin actress Keeley starred as DI Drake who was shot in 2008 by a man called Arthur Layton and inexplicably regains consciousness in 1981.

Series one and two of Life on Mars is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.


Credit: Original article published here.

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