BBC Lands ‘Mars’ Sequel


BBC America has acquired the U.S. rights to Ashes to Ashes, the sequel to the original British Life On Mars, premiering in March 2009.

The U.S. adaptation of Life on Mars currently airs on ABC (returning in January) and the U.K. original, starring John Simm as Detective Chief Inspector Sam Tyler and Philip Glenister as Detective Chief  Inspector Gene Hunt of the Greater Manchester (England) Police, aired on BBC America. It told the story of how Tyler, after being hit by a car and flung into a coma, awakes to find himself in Manchester in the 1970s. In the U.S. version, Harvey Keitel plays Gene Hunt and Jason O’Mara plays Tyler.

In Ashes to Ashes, Hunt (Glenister) is transferred from Manchester to London and embraces the ‘80s. He is joined by a sexy psychological profiler, Detective Inspector Alex Drake from 2008, played by Keeley Hawes (MI-5), who finds herself stuck back in 1981 having been shot.

Ashes to Ashes is produced by Kudos Film & Television in association with Monastic Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide. BBCA will be airing two U.K. seasons of the show back to back. Season 1 aired on BBC 1 and season 2 is now in production.