It’s been reported today that hit BBC show Life on Mars is to be remade in Russia after the broadcaster struck up a deal with a broadcaster in the former Soviet Union.
The Daily Mail reports that the show, which of course featured Philip Glenister in the role of DCI Gene Hunt, is just one of host of UK shows that are being exported to Russia.
The paper adds, “Figures from the UK Television Exports survey show that British TV, with shows such as X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing is proving popular abroad.”
In additions, shows such as Downton Abbey and Sherlock have led to a 13% rise in export revenues, which amounted to more than £1.4bn last year, according to The Guardian…
However, getting back to Life on Mars, Philip Glenister is currently at the centre of a row over who created the famous catchphrase, “Fire up the Quattro”, with Glenister claiming it was his idea, and the show’s writer, Matthew Graham, saying likewise.
Graham, who wrote Ashes To Ashes and Life On Mars alongside Ashley Pharoah, took to his Twitter page to furiously declare that he came up with the line.
He tweeted, “In the Radio Times you will read that Phil created ‘Fire up the Quattro’.
“He didn’t. Nor did ‘the writers’. It was me.
“I have drafts of Ashes going back to before he was even shown the script. Originally it was ‘fire up the Princess’.
“I sat down and deliberately coined a phrase that might rival (Life On Mars catchphrase) ‘armed bastards’.
“Phil didn’t like the line. (He) wanted to drop it. Thanks Phil. Great timing mate. Thank you for that deluded ego trip. That sideways jibe. That public sneer after I sing your praises.”
At the time of writing, no resolution to the row has been reported.