Life on Mars (South Korean TV series)
|Life on Mars|
|Hangul||라이프 온 마스|
|Based on||Life on Mars|
by Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah
|Developed by||Studio Dragon|
|Directed by||Lee Jung-hyo|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|Production company(s)||Production H|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||June 9 –|
August 5, 2018
|Related shows||Life on Mars (UK TV series)|
Life on Mars (Hangul: 라이프 온 마스) is a South Korean television series based on the 2006–7 UK series of the same name. It stars Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong, Go Ah-sung, Oh Dae-hwan and Noh Jong-hyun. The series aired on OCN from June 9 to August 5, 2018 on Saturdays and Sundays at 22:20 (KST).
Han Tae-Joo (Jung Kyung-Ho) leads a crime investigation team. He has experienced a rapid rise in his career and he trusts data over people. While investigating a serial murder case, he has an accident. When Han Tae-Joo wakes up, he finds himself in 1988. He does not know why, but he is now a detective appointed to work at a police station in a small city. To get back to the present day, Han Tae-Joo tries to solve a serial murder case.
- A modern day forensics scientist who travels back to the past and became a detective. He is a brilliant, principled individual who prefers to rely on scientific data and evidence rather than people.
- Park Sung-woong as Kang Dong-chul
- Head of the Homicide Team. A detective who is uninterested in evidence and instead uses his keen instincts and intuition to solve his cases.
- Go Ah-sung as Yoon Na-young
- A passionate ace investigator who dreams of becoming a star detective.
- A police sergeant in the homicide unit. He is described as unhinged and with a nasty temper.
- Noh Jong-hyun as Jo Nam-sik
- The youngest detective on the team.
- An elite head detective who cares more about his appearance than investigations.
- Lee Hee-won as Han Tae-joo
- Kim Ki-cheon as Manager Park
- Oh Ah-rin as Young-joo
- Moon Woo-jin as Kyung Ho (ep. 6)
- First script reading took place March 12, 2018 at Studio Dragon in Sangam-dong.
- Im Chang-jung was offered a major supporting role but he declined the offer.
- Seo Ji-hoon was cast in the role of Jo Nam-sik but dropped out of the project.
|Life on Mars OST|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released on July 1, 2018|
|Released on July 14, 2018|
|1.||"Wherever You Are" (너는 어디쯤)||Shin Hae-kyung||Shin Hae-kyung||Shin Hae-kyung||04:21|
|2.||"Wherever You Are" (Inst.)||Shin Hae-kyung||04:21|
|Released on July 14, 2018|
|1.||"Always Within Me"||Josef Melin, Park Geun-chul||RUNY, Kwon Deok-geun, IVeR||RUNY||03:25|
|2.||"Always Within Me" (Inst.)||RUNY, Kwon Deok-geun, IVeR||03:25|
In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||June 9, 2018||2.081%||1.911%||2.2%|
|2||June 10, 2018||3.122%||3.303%||NR|
|3||June 16, 2018||3.268%||3.432%|
|4||June 17, 2018||3.762%||3.968%|
|5||June 23, 2018||3.098%||3.001%||3.5%|
|6||June 24, 2018||3.969%||3.983%||4.9%|
|7||June 30, 2018||3.817%||3.794%||NR|
|8||July 1, 2018||4.681%||4.933%||5.1%|
|9||July 14, 2018||3.980%||4.525%||4.2%|
|10||July 15, 2018||4.170%||4.590%||5.2%|
|11||July 21, 2018||3.893%||4.353%||4.9%|
|12||July 22, 2018||4.834%||5.544%||5.7%|
|13||July 28, 2018||3.933%||4.388%||NR|
|14||July 29, 2018||4.695%||5.036%||NR|
|15||August 4, 2018||4.657%||4.787%||4.7%|
|16||August 5, 2018||5.851%||6.377%||6.0%|
- Note: This drama aired on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS & MBC & EBS).
Awards and nominations
|2018||6th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Jung Kyung-ho||Nominated|||
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Go Ah-sung||Won|
|2nd The Seoul Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
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