When the series was cancelled midway through the first season, in March 2009. Producers had time to make the last episode the series finale, solving the mystery and answering most of the outstanding questions.

The original BBC series took its name from the David Bowie song, "Life on Mars".

Despite having a successful start, the show was cancelled before the end of the first season. This is because after the pilot, ratings and viewers dropped dramatically, causing its cancellation.