John Simm tweets the truth. Life on Mars was the perfect show at 16 episodes. Then Ashes to Ashes came along to push more Gene Hunt on the public. And they kept stringing along the Sam Tyler fans, bringing up his name, burning his legendary leather jacket (what?), and, hey, who’s that on the other side of that door? Could it be …? Of course not. John Simm had/has too much integrity to appear on Ashes, so they came up with some “dream” commercial using Life on Mars clips. I felt like a fool after watching Ashes. I find it best to pretend it never happened. Just those two great years of one of the best programs ever, UK or US.