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John Simm In Talks To Return As DI Sam Tyler In Life Of Mars Season 3

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John Simm In Talks To Return As DI Sam Tyler In Life Of Mars Season 3

Life on Mars star John Simm has confirmed that he's 'in talks' to appear in a third series of the show.

The 50-year-old said that discussions were taking place for him to reprise his role as DI Sam Tyler, who was knocked over by a car in the opening scene of the time-travelling BBC detective series.

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

According to whatsontv, Simm said: "We are in talks about making more. But I can't say any more than that, I'm afraid."

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What a tease.

Back in April 2020, the programme's co-creator Matthew Graham revealed that a third and final series was on the cards, and also hinted DCI Gene Hunt (played by Philip Glenister) would be back.

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During a Life on Mars live Twitter session, Graham said: "We'd never make another Mars unless we really had something to say and could push the envelope all over again.

"Finally, we have something."

Speaking about the forthcoming series, he said it will be set in the '70s and '80s, as well as an 'alternate now'.

This is very much in keeping with the show's initial plotline, which followed the adventures of DI Sam Tyler (John Simm), who after being involved in a road accident in the present day (which, at the time of filming, was 2006) woke up in Manchester in 1973.

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Although Graham didn't give much away beyond when the new season will be set - and that it will be set in both Manchester and London - he did hint that viewers should expect a bumpy road for the characters involved.

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Graham went on: "There are bad things and there are monsters. These things are real.

"But to get to you they have to get through the Guv [Gene Hunt]. And the Guv is putting his driving gloves on."

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He also said the third season will be comprised of four or five episodes, and even hinted there might potentially be a show-within-a-show format, featuring a programme called Tyler: Murder Division.

Exciting times.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, BBC

Rebecca Shepherd
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