The list was compiled by the editors of the magazine and is based on their own personal opinions. Still, it shows what a massive impact the show had, and still has, for it to make it. Especially when you consider the calibre of the other dramas on the list (the full list can be found at the end of this article.
In it's analysis of the show, the website says,
Picture the scene. Police officer Sam Tyler is hit by a car. He survives, comes round and gets back to work – except inexplicably he has been transported from 2006 back to a world of sexism, racism and bad dress sense. Sounds like another world? It could well be but in fact it’s Manchester in 1973. Unable to find his way back, Tyler gets on with the job in hand, drawing stark contrasts between the policing methods and social framework of the same country 30 years apart.
The creation of the desperately politically incorrect DCI Gene Hunt, played by Philip Glenister, provides a fascinating vehicle through which to explore some of the more gritty issues of 1970s England, while random coincidences and bizarre communications maintain the intrigue as Tyler clings on to the hope of one day returning to his parallel life.
Stars: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster
Created by: Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan, Ashley Pharoah
Verdict: Out of this world
- The Wire
- Downton Abbey
- Mad Men
- Life on Mars (UK Version)