The release date for the three-disc DVD of the first series of the new Survivors (which was previously announced as 5 January) has now been confirmed as 26 January 2009. The release is listed for pre-order on Amazon; the BBC shop, and on other online retailers. The listed price is £29.99, though several retailers are… Read More New series DVD – new release date and special features listed
*** EXCLUSIVE *** Pennant Roberts, who directed numerous episodes of the first and second series of the original Survivors – including the classic opening episode The Fourth Horseman – shares with this blog his initial reaction to viewing the first two episodes of the remake: “on the whole I enjoyed watching the first episode. Remakes… Read More Pennant Roberts, original series director, rates the new Survivors
Viewing figures for the second episode of Survivors are reported to have been around 5.3 million (a 22% audience share) – down on the 6.5 million audience (a 26% share) for the pilot episode according to “unofficial, overnight” figures. The strong showing for the opening episode was recognised as an “excellent performance” by viewing figures… Read More Viewing figures down for Survivors second episode – but still solid
The BBC has added a clip from episode three to the Survivors mini-site. The video can also be accessed from the Video page on this blog.
More reviews of (one or both of) the first two episodes of Survivors have been published: Den of Geek – episode one and two site; Quiet Earth – episode one; Quiet Earth – episode two; Digital Spy – episode two; Dreamwatch – Total SciFi – episode one; Dreamwatch – Total SciFi – episode two. Comment… Read More More reviews of Survivors episodes one and two
The BBC has today announced that a new version of John Wyndham’s classic tale of killer plants let loose in a world gone blind – Day of the Triffids – will be remade for the BBC One. The new small-screen version of Wyndham’s novel will consist of two 90-minute features, scripted by Patrick Harbinson (ER,… Read More Another post-apocalyptic TV remake is green-lit
The BBC Survivors web site has launched Survivors Interactive. This new site (which requires Flash software, and which seems to work far better in Internet Explorer than Firefox) includes interviews with actors; clips from the programme; and original in-character pieces-to-camera. The interactive component is based on visitors selecting characters from the show and then answering… Read More BBC launches Survivors Interactive
A one-minute-and-a-bit preview video for episode two has been added to the BBC Survivors web site (see screengrab below). A review of this episode will be added to the blog later this week.
As reported yesterday Adrian Hodges’ script for the first episode of Survivors (dated 05.06.08) has today been made available for download from the BBC’s Writers Room.
Lorna Lewis, who played the role of Pet Simpson in series two and three of the original Survivors describes her reaction to the revival of the programme in an interview in Kent News, published on 24 November 2008.
On the Digital Spy web site, show creator Adrian Hodges today explains his decision to ‘kill off’ the character of Jenny (played by Freema Ageyman) in the first episode. “There’s nothing wrong with the character,” he says, “and there’s certainly nothing wrong with the actress who played her, but I didn’t think she had a… Read More Adrian Hodges describes the demise of Jenny in episode one
Reviews of the first episode of Survivors appeared in The Guardian; The Independent; the Daily Record; Daily Telegraph; The Scotsman; and Digital Spy on 24 November 2008.
The BBC Press Office has released information about the sixth and final episode of Survivors, series one which is now almost certain to be shown on 23 December. ***SPOILERS*** Please note that this link reveals significant plot spoilers
Broadcast magazine reports that 6.5m viewers tuned in to the first episode of Survivors on BBC One on Sunday 23 November – a good showing, but one that – predictably – could not hold its own against ITV’s I’m a Celebrity. BBC1’s new apocalyptic drama Survivors got off to a fine start last night at… Read More Episode one: 6.5m tune in to Survivors
New video content has been added to the BBC Survivors web site, including: Episode one extract: ‘Abby searches for son Peter in the aftermath of the deadly viral attack’ Interview: ‘Actor Chanak Patel tells us why Najid’s faith is important to him Context feature: ‘Ecologist Joaquin Hortal gives us expert advice on how to survive… Read More BBC adds video content to Survivors web site
The first ninety-minute episode of Survivors is now available on the BBC’s iPlayer service (and was loaded within 20mins of the episode’s broadcast). The episode will be available until the transmission of the the sixth and final episode of the first series has been added to the iPlayer for seven days – under the Series… Read More First episode of Survivors available on iPlayer
A review of the first episode of Survivors has now been added to the blog.
A new interview interview with Paterson Joseph (Greg Preston) is available on the BBC News web site, Entertainment section.
The BBC has added a Survivors preview video to its YouTube Channel. The clip features an exchange between government minister Samantha Willis (played by Nikki Amuka–Bird) and a colleague, discussing the spread and seriousness of the virus, and ends with an image of the contagion at work in a victim’s bloodstream.
The BBC’s BBC Writers’ Room blog includes a post by Piers Beckley, introducing interviews by scriptwriters Adrian Hodges and Gaby Chiappe, who both discuss their craft on the programme. Beckley also announces that, to assist would-be scriptwriters in understanding how to translate ideas to screen-ready telescripts, the full-script for the first episode of Survivors will… Read More BBC Writers’ Room – Survivors