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 a Series 3 please BBC group was set-up on Facebook to rally support amongst fans to lobby the BBC to overturn the cancellation decision. The group has since been dissolved. At around the same time a Continue Survivors BBC petition was set up at PetitionOnline and attracted several thousand signatures. PetitionOnline has since wound up operations.

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 collections of new audio dramas based on the original (1975-1977) Survivors. The first series of new Survivors audio adventures was released (on CD and as a digital download) in June 2014. A further two series of Survivors audios have been commissioned; with series two scheduled for release in June 2015, and series three in November 2015.

An audio-book of the 1976 Survivors novel (on which the 2008-2010 remake of Survivors is based), voiced by Carolyn Seymour (who played Abby Grant in the 1975 TV series) was released by Big Finish productions in December 2014.

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Frequently asked questions Unofficial Guidebook to the new Survivors 

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

  1. Lorraine Treadwell said

    Lorraine said,
    Maybe Big Finish productions would work with Survivors writers and cast ,to do audio stories. BF has done great work with Dark Shadows, Dr Who and many more.
    They are doing audios with the Survivors -1970 cast,I have purchased them. They can do it with the Survivors 2010 cast.

  2. nicholas said

    This show had me stuck in it for the whole two episodes I did nothing else but watch it. I found it searching for survival shows and was hooked. They canceled it wth thats not right. Air this show again!!!!!!! Netflix is were I found this show totally recommend.

  3. Miguel A Espada said

    I can’t believe they would cancel such an amazing series! It’s as good as The Walking Dead in my opinion. I’m very desapointed in the cancellation decision just when it was at its highest intensity of drama and my favorite character (Tom) being on the plane in the infected area. I really hope the writer gets the necessary help to continue making many more seasons ahead. The fans here in the states should push for the continuation of Survivors. I really look forward on them doing the right move, not just for the fans, but the talented cast as well. Good job everyone, you performed your roles perfectly and this comes from a two times veteran of the US Army. I’ll miss you all if things don’t go the way i hope and thank you for your brilliant performance!

  4. Nick said

    My wife and I just finished watching Survivors, and can’t believe the show was not continued. I think it is as good if not better than most of the stuff made in the States. Perhaps they should have made it here, because I’ll bet it would run for at least four or five seasons.

    • John said

      As an American who has worked in the industry, why do you think SURVIVORS would have lasted that long here (or even been put on the air at all)?

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