Survivors – BBC TV

The BBC's revival of the classic 1970s post-apocalyptic drama by Terry Nation

Survivors (2008-2010): a remake of the 1970s post-apocalyptic classic

Survivors is a two series (twelve episode) post-apocalyptic TV drama broadcast on BBC One and the BBC HD channel between November 2008 and February 2010, and broadcast on TV networks in the USA, Canada, Europe and beyond. This (entirely unofficial and independent) blog provides a guide to the production, promotion, transmission and reception of the BBC’s Survivors (2008-2010).

Brought to the screen by showrunner (and lead script writer) Adrian Hodges, the programme was a ‘re-imagining’ of the classic end-of-the-world drama Survivors, devised by Terry Nation shown on BBC1 between 1975 and 1977, and drew its initial inspiration from Nation’s 1976 Survivors novel.

The first series of the new Survivors was broadcast in the UK in November and December 2008. The second series began transmission in January 2010. At the conclusion of series two, the BBC declined to commission a third series.

In 2010 Survivors Series 3 please BBC group was set-up on Facebook to rally support amongst fans; and a Continue Survivors BBC petition was set up at PetitionOnline.

All three series of the original Survivors and both series of the new Survivors are available for purchase on Region 1 and Region 2 DVD.

Both series of the new Survivors are also available for purchase through iTunes. In 2011 both series of Survivors secured a French-language DVD release (with French and English audio-tracks and French subtitles) as Les Survivants de L’apocalypse.

The cancelled show attracted renewed audience interest in the US, when both series one and series two of Survivors were licenced by the Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu streaming services.

In the UK, in 2012, the BT Vision service began to offer both series for streaming download, as part of its range of TV channel packages and on a pay-per-episode basis.

An unofficial guidebook to the original Survivors was published in 2005. An unofficial guidebook to the new Survivors was published in 2010.

In July 2013, audio-drama publishers Big Finish announced that they would be producing two series of new audio dramas based on the original (1975-1977) Survivors, scheduled for release in 2014 and 2015.

Survivors - original series Survivors - new series Episode reviews
Frequently asked questions Unofficial Guidebook to the new Survivors 

23 Responses to “Survivors (2008-2010): a remake of the 1970s post-apocalyptic classic”

  1. Alicia said

    I love this show. What a crappy way to end it! Makes me want to watch more. What happens after Tom is in the airplane to the uncontaminated area?! Every show I have been watching on Netflix in the U.S. seems to end just as it is getting to a good turn of events. They could at least provide one episode to end it better. So much better then all the crap that has been on TV for years with nonsense. Please bring some sort of conclusion to this, I know I would watch it, or buy it even if it was only on DVD!!!

  2. Tom said

    This show was amazing, typical BBC canceling good shows and replacing them with crap.

  3. Down said

    Bring the show back. Simple as that

  4. will said

    i need to see more…
    i love the show and its been to long i need more now asap
    bring them back for session 3

  5. Peter fretto said

    I don’t under stand why they ended it that was by far the beat show I have watched in a long time way better then the walking dead I hope they make a new season if not I hope another company will start it up again

  6. Alexandria Kerr said

    please give us season 3

  7. John said

    Just watched this entire show on Netflix here in the states. Just like the Firefly, Jericho, and Feaks & Geeks, Survivors was a great show cut down in its prime. I’ll bet as more and more people discover it, BBC will come to rue the day they axed it. I hope anyway.

  8. Pat scrivener said

    Just watched Season 1 and 2 in the last three days. Please give us a Season 3!!! Tom is my favorite character.

  9. Destructor said

    I just watched 12 episodes in 12 hours. One of the best shows I have ever watched. Tom by far is my favorite character.
    Please give us a season 3!!
    Let me know when it starts and I will do whatever it takes to watch it.
    Whatever it takes Just like Tom!!!!

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