I mumbled a bit about the first series of Life on Mars last year, and as Sam pointed out in a comment, the second and final series started this evening. And it started with a bang. No, not an explosion, it’s more that they’ve taken what they did last year, turned all the knobs up to 11, and managed to make an already great show even better.
In the pre-titles sequence, Sam appears to be almost conscious in a hospital bed, where he is menaced by a shadowy figure who declares his intention to kill him. Then he wakes up, still in 1973.
But the stakes are higher now. Sam keeps getting migraines. He finds himself unable to breathe. And the voices and sounds that nobody else can hear are becoming clearer.
This episode centred around Tony Crane, a dodgy casino owner. Sam knows him from the future, where he’s arrested him for murder. Sam also believes that Crane is the man who’s trying to kill him in the future. Err, in the present. Sam is determined to stop Crane before he can kill anyone…
It’s really very well done. The dialogue is sharper than a very sharp thing that’s just back from being sharpened, with a near as damn it perfect balance between drama and humour.
And Sam gets a phone call which tells him his job is nearly done. Lots more fun and games to come. If you’re not watching this, you really should. So there.
 No, not that Sam!
 At least
 That’s Sam Tyler, not Sam Judson
 The infinitely wise Douglas Adams once pointed out that the real trouble with time travel isn’t so much becoming your own grandfather, which is the sort of thing any reasonably well-adjusted family should be able to deal with, as the grammar. Getting the tenses right is a real problem.
 Hi Sam!