The Annotated Martian

Transcripts of the the BBC series Life on Mars, complete with lyrics, historical background, reference explanation, slang definitions, and reality markers.

This page is in-progress. Completed items are marked with a star. Star

The Episodes

Your guide to interpreting the annotations:

Unreality Key: Audial Visual Dream Ambiguous
Information Key: Reference Slang Music Explanation

Season One

Episode One In which Sam Tyler has a very bad day, and wakes up in a very bad year.
Episode Two In which evidence is the problem, and conviction the solution.
Episode Three In which there is a death at the Mill, and gay boy science vs armed bastards.
Episode Four Star In which favours are exchanged, and the bent must become unbent.
Episode Five In which there are City fans, United fans, and undercover cops in a boozer.
Episode Six In which Sam must thwart two deadlines at 2pm.
Episode Seven In which the police must police themselves.
Episode Eight In which Sam thinks he's found the reason.

The Extras

Test Card Girl Star A compliation of the appearances of the Test Card Girl.
The Doctors Star A compilation of the hospital- and doctor-related hallucinations.
Neil Star Just what's up with Neil, anyway?
Quotes Star Quotable dialogue from the show.

The Show

Looking for more Life on Mars? Try these sites. Top picks are in bold.

General Information

BBC: Life on Mars - The official site.
Wikipedia: Life on Mars (television)
IMDb: Life on Mars


LifeIn1973 - The LiveJournal Life on Mars community. Has a bit of everything.
The Railway Arms - Bulletin board-style forum community.
Yahoo!Groups: Life On Mars - Discussion mailing list.
TunedInto1973 - LiveJournal forum about the music of Life on Mars.
Television Without Pity Forum - Discussion thread.
Digital Spy Forums - Discussion thread.
The Sweeney Forums - Discussion thread.


John Simm Admirers - LiveJournal fan community for John Simm.
John Simm Unofficial Website - John Simm unofficial fansite.
Fans of Philip Glenister - LiveJournal fan community for Philip Glenister.
Liz-White.Net - Liz White unofficial fansite. - Dean Andrews' official site.

Fan Fiction

The Life on Mars Fanfiction Archive - Open to all types and pairings.


Internet Movie Cars Database - Vehicles used in the series.
If He Is In A Coma - Analysis of Sam's post-accident state, with helpful links.
Writing Resources - 1973 Manchester language, culture, and other resource links.


Season One DVD - Region 2 from the BBC Shop.
Huntisms - A collection of definitive Gene Hunt quotes, in mp3 format. - Screencaps, LJ user icons, and Gene/Sam slash.


Thanks to phantym_56 for the original transcriptions.