February 11th, 2007

life on mars

I usually hate Loose Ends but...

Radio 4's Loose Ends is a programme which has reached the end of its life IMO but yesterday I stuck with it, hearing that Philip Glenister would be on. I was doubly rewarded as, instead of the usual dire singer-songwriter (where do they find them?) they had wonderful Eddie Reader.

Yes folks, the Gene Genie
returns to our screens in Life on Mars on Tuesday evening and I can't wait. My worry is how on earth they will keep Sam's story interesting? For the whole of the last episode of the first series I was shouting at him to for goodness sake stop crying and arrest his awful father. No question who is the star here and there was a hint yesterday that Gene may go on to have an independent series, set in the eighties. How will that work? Life on Mars depends a lot on the tensions between attitudes then and now. Without 'now' there's no irony, so it's just retro. Hmm, we shall see. I'm also wondering if there will be any explanation of the Twin Peaks elements in the series, by which I mean the girl in the TV and the Jamaican barman.