There is no need for the word “Vinyl” in the shop’s name. “Heaven” just about describes any good record shop for me. Sadly, they are disappearing. It’s depressing.
By the way, Life on Mars is my favorite show to have come out in the last 10 years.
Vinyl Maybe the ‘Vinyl’ refers to the computer-done vinyl-cut lettering on the signage. Which would not have existed in 1973. The words ‘Record Shop’ are in ITC Bauhaus, from 1975. I am reading too much into this. And I love Life on Mars.
Ralph Brown guest-stars on Life on Mars I remember this scene. This is right after DCI Frank Morgan (Ralph Brown) tells Sam, ‘So there I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at about 3 o’clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn’t go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head ’round the door, and mentions there’s a little sweets shop on the edge of town. So, we go. And, it’s closed. So there’s me, and Keith Moon, and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweets shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they’ve got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shopowner and his son—that’s a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really. But, sure enough, I got the M&Ms, and Ozzy went on stage and did a great show.’
Virgin Mobile There was so much that was right about the ﬁrst Life on Mars episode.
Sam Tyler: I need you to connect me to a Virgin mobile number …
Operator: Don’t you start that sexy business with me, young man. I can trace this call.
New Life on Mars short story, The Scorpion’s Sting in The Daily Mail written by ‘Tom Graham’.
It’s the BBC cop show that laughed in the face of political correctness and made a cultural icon of DCI Gene Hunt. Life on Mars tells the story of a modern detective, Sam Tyler, who’s involved in a car crash and appears to be flung back in time to 1973.
There, he finds himself working in CID once more, but this time with Hunt and his colleagues.
Here, in the first part of a gripping, exclusive three-part Christmas story created for the Mail, Life on Mars writer Tom Graham describes how a chilling threat against a clutch of beauty queens arrives in Hunt’s office on Christmas Eve…
Beauty queens? I know the feeling Gene Hunt is back. Another example of why Life on Mars is way cooler than Ashes to Ashes. And surely they mean Matthew Graham?
Gene: Oh you made it then? ‘Bout bloody time!
Sam: As for you, I can just about handle you. Driving up like a pissed up crack head and treating women like bean bags! But I’m gonna say this once, and once only Gene, stay out of Camberwick Green!
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Stay out of Camberwick Green The number of times I have said this. Really.
We all feel like jumping sometimes, Sam, only we don’t Rachelle Lefèvre puts in a great performance as the ﬁrst actress cast as the American Annie in US Life on Mars. Pity about the direction, the script, the set design … you get the idea.
It could have been worse I’m one of the ﬁrst to condemn how naff the ﬁnalé of US Life on Mars was. But it could have been worse had the original US remake been green-lighted. Set in Los Angeles in 1972, there are no characters we would recognize as Ray or Chris, and Irish star Jason O’Mara plays it straight American-beefcake. Some preferred Colm Meaney to Harvey Keitel as Gene Hunt, while Rachelle Lefèvre of the Twilight ﬁlms was the original American Annie Cartwright. The direction is terrible, and there’s none of that dissonance that we saw from the John Simm original (which made it so special).