The year 1973 was the 73rd year of the 20th Century and the 973rd year of the 2nd Millennium. It is the most prominent year featured in Life on Mars (UK).
After being sent into a coma by a high-speed hit-and-run in 2006, DI Sam Tyler found himself in 1973 working for DCI Gene Hunt. Even though he managed to get back to the 21st century, Sam discovered that he felt empty in the present day and threw himself off the roof of his police HQ, in order to return to the seventies. From then onwards, Sam continued working with Gene and the team until his own eventual 'death' in 1980.
The following songs were heard in 1973 in Life on Mars:
- David Bowie - Life on Mars? (Series 1: Episode 1, (Series 1: Episode 8 and Series 2: Episode 8)
- The Who - Baba O'Riley (Series 1: Episode 1)
- Paul McCartney and Wings - Live and Let Die (Series 1: Episode 2)
- Sweet - Ballroom Blitz (Series 1: Episode 3)
- Sweet - Blockbuster (Series 1: Episode 4)
- David Bowie - Starman (Series 2: Episode 1)
- Atomic Rooster - Decision/Indecision (Series 2: Episode 8)
- David Bowie - Changes (Series 2: Episode 8)
NB An interesting, and rather glaring, omission from the list is Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody, first released in 1973 and reissued many times since during holiday seasons.
|Years featured and mentioned in 'Life on Mars' and 'Ashes to Ashes'|
| UK: 1953 - 1969 - 1972 - 1973 - 1974 - 1979 - 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1995 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009|
US: 1973 - 2008 - 2035
ES: 1977 - 2009