MEN Reports: The Railway Arms – Life On Mars 2007 Meet

Two reports by the Manchester Evening News about The Railway Arms’ Life On Mars 2007 Meet held September 1& 2 (I was there!)

City trail of cult series
Don Frame

John Simm as DI Sam Tyler

John Simm as DI Sam Tyler

IT was the series that had people glued to their TVs as they struggled to work out whether cop Sam Tyler was in his own words ‘mad, in a coma, or back in time’.

Even after watching the final episode of the nail-biter, many were still unsure of the answer – but the award-winning drama has become a cult show, with fans around the globe.

And this weekend a group of them from as far afield as the USA, Germany and Finland, will meet up in Manchester to get closer to their heroes by touring locations across the city where Life On Mars was filmed. 


Trip to Life on Mars
Paul R Taylor

Fans at Victoria Baths

Fans at Victoria Baths

FANS of drama series Life on Mars took a nostalgic trip back to Manchester in the 1970s.

Fabulous Ford Cortinas, kipper ties and backdrops such as Victoria Baths, the Northern Quarter and Stockport’s Stopford House made the show an international hit.

Fifty fanatical fans of the award-winning series came from around the world for a tour of those filming locations. And to learn that Victoria Baths is the secret star of the show – used for a variety of scenes including an Irish community centre, a criminals’ hide out, the scene of a chase sequence, and as a mortuary – as seen in a series of on-location photos which have been released for the first time.

The group of devotees travelled from America’s west coast, Finland, Germany and across Britain for the event, which was organised by a website run by the fans themselves. more