Page last updated at 11:37 GMT, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 12:37 UK

Life on Mars 'will be US series'

Philip Glenister and John Simm
Philip Glenister and John Simm played DCI Gene Hunt and DI Sam Tyler

US network ABC has decided to press ahead with a full series of time-travel drama Life on Mars, which is being remade for American TV, reports say.

A pilot episode was written by Ally McBeal creator David E Kelley, who had bought the rights to the show.

The Hollywood Reporter said ABC had now ordered an extended run, with Irish actor Jason O'Mara in the lead role.

The programme starred John Simm and Philip Glenister when it was originally shown in the UK.

O'Mara will take Simm's role as a modern-day police officer who is transported back to the 1970s.

The original version of Life on Mars won a Bafta last year and the finale of the show was seen by more than seven million people in April 2007.

It spawned a sequel - Ashes to Ashes, set in the 1980s - starring Glenister, who has now signed up to appear in a second series.

Ashes to Ashes gets second series
28 Mar 08 |  Entertainment
Arresting start for Mars sequel
08 Feb 08 |  Entertainment
Spooks star cast in Mars sequel
04 Jul 07 |  Entertainment
Millions see Life on Mars climax
11 Apr 07 |  Entertainment
Almost 6m experience Life on Mars
14 Feb 07 |  Entertainment
Glenister joins all-star BBC cast
20 Apr 07 |  Entertainment


Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific