British tabloid the Daily Mirror is claiming the BBC has asked for a spin-off from time-slip cop drama Life on Mars. The show is returning for its second and final series early in 2007, as post-millennium cop Sam Tyler tries to find his way back from either 1973, a coma or insanity, depending upon what's actually happened to him. The Mirror says the new series will set in the 1980s and be named Ashes to Ashes, after David Bowie's big hit from 1980.
If you believe the hype, the spin-off will have Sam appear in the 1980s, where he'll catch up with his old friends from 1973 and discover how they've changed. If he arrives in the same year as the theme tune was a hit - as he did with Life on Mars - then Ashes to Ashes would see him transported to 1980. That would mean ska bands, two tone and new romantics. But the Mirror seems to think the show will have a Miami Vice feel, which is much more 1985.
Grud forbid somebody decides to make a 1990s version, as Bowie didn't have many great or iconic hit singles in the 1990s. I mean, can you see anybody making a TV show called Jump They Say? As least, one without Nigel Harman in the lead role?