Life on Mars is a BBC TV programme in which Sam Tyler (John Simm)a copper from 2006 gets hit by a car and wakes up back in 1973. His DCI in 1973 is the walking myth that is Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister).
As Sam Tyler says in the opening credits,
"My name is Sam Tyler. I had an accident and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, or in a coma or back in time? Whatevers happened it's like I've landed on a different planet. Now maybe if I can work out the reason I can get home."
"Is it 2007 yet? I need series two of Life on Mars!"
"Life on Mars is the best programme on the telly."
In Life on Mars the name used for the real modern world of 2006. A place very advanced from the Manchester of 1973 where they use tape recorders in police interviews, have search engines, Pulp, new CPR methods, women intergrated into the police force, central heating, psychological profiling, witness protection, anonymous identity parades and so on.
Plod to Sam Tyler when he first wakes up in 1973,
"Says here you are on transfer from C Division in Hyde."
Sam Tyler to Gene Hunt while having a curry,
"Most of my cases in Hyde were drugs related."