Survivors – BBC TV

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

Broadcast reports on remake confirmation

Posted by Rich Cross on November 29, 2007

Media weekly Broadcast publicises news of the Survivors remake confirmation in a brief news report:

BBC to revive cult 1970s plague drama Survivors

The BBC is making a modern version of cult 1970s drama series Survivors, writes Liz Thomas.

The BBC1 show will be set in the present day but will follow the post-apocalyptic premise of the original programme. BBC drama production has acquired the rights to develop Survivors from creator Terry Nation’s estate and has lined up Bafta-winning Adrian Hodges to pen the series.

Kate Harwood, BBC head of series and serials, told Broadcast: “There is so much in the concept to bring up to date, and all of the issues that made is such a success in the 1970s are still relevant now. It’s great to be bringing Survivors to a new generation.”

Terry Nation is credited as one of the creators of Doctor Who and architect of the Daleks. He also masterminded Blake’s 7and Survivors.

The programme launched in April 1975 and ran for 38 episodes over three series. It followed a group of individuals trying to survive after a plague wiped out most of the world’s population.

Hodges added: “While we will be staying faithful to many aspects of the original, we will also bring the story into the 21st century and make it accessible to contemporary audiences.”

The executive producer for BBC drama production is Susan Hogg.

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