The Russian Life on Mars finally sees the light of day as Dark Side of the Moon

They’ve been talking about it for years, but finally Russia’s version of Life on Mars – Обратная Сторона Луны (aka Dark Side of the Moon, since Bowie was unknown but Pink Floyd was big in those days) – has emerged, with a modern day Russian policeman travelling back in time 30 years to work with a KGB officer and work out what he’s doing there: is he mad, in a coma or back in time?

The big change, apart from it being set in Russia? The KGB lot very much played by the rules so it’s the modern-day cop who’s the fast-and-loose Gene Hunt to the KGB Sam Tyler. Here’s a trailer (no subtitles, I’m afraid).

And if your Russian is good, you can watch the entire first episode (and others), too:

Further reading: BBC Worldwide

[via @stuartamdouglas]


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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