Beating up the wrong guy

Life on Mars, written and directed by Alan Bleasdale

Manchester DCI Sam Tyler is hit by a car in 2006 and apparently transported back in time to 1973, where he is by no means horrified by either his new colleagues’ antiquated forensic techniques and disregard for procedure, or their casual sexism, racism and tolerance of corruption. He immediately hits it off with his new guvnor Gene Hunt, and generally fits right in.

Life in Slough

Middle manager David Brent is hit by a car in 2006 and apparently transported back in time to 1973, where his casual leadership style and laid-back approach get him instantly sacked by his old-school superiors. Brent spends several carefree years on the dole, during which he pursues his musical interests, and eventually finds work as a plugger for Virgin Records. Brent’s contacts in the underground music scene lead Virgin to sign the Sex Pistols and eventually become one of the leading post-punk labels. He goes on to a succesful career as a record company executive.

Life in Cars

Onlookers in 2006 are shocked when synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan deliberately throws himself in front of a car and is apparently transported back in time to 1973. There, he lives in obscurity for five years before launching his musical career as synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan, who, as it turns out, was an uncreated synthetic humanoid all along, so being stuck in a time loop for all eternity doesn’t really faze him.

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