Ashes to Ashes – Nothing More than a Life on Mars Clone?

Is anyone else as amazed as I am about the un-originality of the Life on Mars follow up? Not only is there going to be a US remake but it looks like the British team are doing the same. According to the article on the BBC news website the new series focuses on a 21st century police officer who has an accident and wakes up in the past, working with DCI Gene Hunt. The key differences is that the 21st century police officer is a woman, and this time it’s London in the eighties rather than Manchester in 1973. Is there going to be some sort of underlying plot linking Sam Tyler’s 1973 experience to this new characters 1981 experience, or was the production team just caught out by John Simm wanting to leave after two series and don’t have any new ideas?

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