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Is he mad, in a coma… or has Detective Sam Tyler really travelled back in time?


A detective chief inspector from 2006 is investigating a serial killer when he is knocked over by a speeding car. Waking up, he finds himself mysteriously transported back in time to 1973. Initially struggling to come to terms with his situation, he has to come to terms with the old-fashioned technology and attitude of the day, while figuring out how he came to be trapped in the past.

  1. Ashley Pharoah


  2. Matthew Graham


  3. Tony Jordan


Series Cast

  1. John Simm as Sam Tyler

    John Simm

    Sam Tyler

    16 Episodes

  2. Philip Glenister as Gene Hunt

    Philip Glenister

    Gene Hunt

    16 Episodes

  3. Liz White as Annie Cartwright

    Liz White

    Annie Cartwright

    16 Episodes

  4. Dean Andrews as Ray Carling

    Dean Andrews

    Ray Carling

    16 Episodes

  5. Marshall Lancaster as Chris Skelton

    Marshall Lancaster

    Chris Skelton

    16 Episodes

  6. Noreen Kershaw as Phyllis Dobbs

    Noreen Kershaw

    Phyllis Dobbs

    16 Episodes

  7. Tony Marshall as Nelson

    Tony Marshall


    12 Episodes

  8. Joanne Froggatt as Ruth Tyler

    Joanne Froggatt

    Ruth Tyler

    2 Episodes

  9. Rafaella Hutchinson

    Test Card Girl

    2 Episodes

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Last Season

Series 2

2007 • 8 Episodes

Sam learns that an operation is to be conducted on him in 2006 to try and revive him from his coma. However, he believes that to return to the twenty-first century, he has to betray his colleagues in 1973 — but can he regard them as imaginary, or are they real - at least for him?

Episode 8

(2x8, April 10, 2007) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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