The Straits Times
Published on Nov 10, 2012

Russia TV remakes British hit with Soviet twist


MOSCOW (AFP) - After a car crash, a tough Moscow cop is mysteriously transported back to 1979, with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev on the television, red-kerchiefed Young Pioneers still active and a far lower tolerance of police violence.

Russia's most popular television channel has remade the BBC's cult time-travel drama Life on Mars, moving the action from the gritty streets of 1970s Manchester to the sleepy era of late leader Brezhnev in Moscow.

It is not the first time Russian television has remade a popular Western show, though this remake is more unusual in taking on a darker drama with a complex concept.

A Russian channel had a huge hit with its remake of the originally Colombian show Ugly Betty, while the US sitcom Married ... With Children has been successfully transported to the city of Yekaterinburg.