Access to all six episodes of the first series of Survivors on the BBC’s iPlayer service will cease at 9:29pm on Tuesday 30 December, when the ‘series stacker’ option for the programme comes to an end. The series one DVD will be released for sale on 26 January 2009. (2 January update: Although all Survivors… Read More Last day of series stacker iPlayer option for Survivors series one
Survivors features in BBC Four’s Screenwipe’s review of 2008, presented by Charlie Brooker. The programme is available on the iPlayer service until the evening of 31 December. (iPlayer access to this programme has now been extended to 12:24am on Thursday 8 January 2009.)
Reviews of the final two episodes of Survivors‘ first series have been posted on the Digital Spy site (episode five and episode six); the Total SciFi site (episode five and episode six); and the Quiet Earth site (episode five and episode six). Digital Spy has also published its verdict on Survivors series one.
The Total SciFi site has published interviews with Zoë Tapper (22 December 2008) and Paterson Joseph (15 December 2008)
In a press release issued on 22 December, the BBC Press Office confirms that a second series of Survivors has been commissioned. In the release, Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning is quoted as saying: “I am delighted Survivors will be returning in 2009 with Adrian Hodges at the helm – it’s been a thrilling… Read More BBC Press Office confirms Survivors recommissioned
In the 14 December issue of The Sunday Times, Survivors actor Phillip Rhys (Al) discusses some of his favourite family and solo holidays growing up; while in the January 2009 issue of Arena magazine (cover below) features a photo-shoot and brief interview with Zoë Tapper (Anya). The web version of the shoot features more photos… Read More Survivors actors in the press
The Media Guardian reports (17 December) that the fifth (and penultimate) episode of Survivors netted 5m viewers and a 22% audience share – its best result for three weeks. Elsewhere Broadcast magazine indicates that, although the viewing figures are (predictably enough) down on that secured by the opening 90-minute pilot, Survivors “is still performing above… Read More Survivors fifth episode nets 5m viewers
The Guardian media section (of 19 December 2008) has confirmed that the BBC has commissioned a second series of Survivors, and that a further set of six episodes will go into production early next year for transmission later in 2009. The story in full: Survivors gets second series on BBC The BBC has commissioned a… Read More Survivors – BBC commissions series two
A trailer for the sixth and final episode of the first series of Survivors has been added to the BBC Survivors mini-site.
The BBC Shop is displaying the finalised cover design for the three-disc Survivors DVD set. The sleeve is based on the original motorway-set promotional group shot, and features Abby, Greg and Tom as its principal characters (see below). The release date is set at 26 January 2008, with an RRP of £29.35 (fractionally down on… Read More Cover artwork for Survivors DVD sleeve confirmed
A 54-second trailer for the fifth (and penultimate) episode of the first series of Survivors has been added to the BBC Survivors mini-site.
Reviews of recent episodes of Survivors have been posted on the Digital Spy site (episode three and episode four); the Total SciFi site (episode three and episode four); and the Quiet Earth site (episode three and episode four).
A new interview with Survivors actor Nikki Amuka-Bird (Samantha Willis) is available on the Total SciFi web site. In it she suggests: In Survivors, you don’t know who to trust. The other survivors could be dangerous. Everything has now become a luxury, whether it’s food, water or shelter, and while you’d expect people to all… Read More Tota SciFi – Nikki Amuka-Bird interview
The Brand Republic site reports that viewing figures for the fourth episode of Survivors appear to have reversed the downward trend experienced in previous weeks – albeit modestly. According to unofficial overnight figures, 4.8m viewers tuned in to watch the programme (a 20.7% audience share), comfortably outdoing the competition on ITV1 from Champion’s League coverage… Read More Audience picks up for Survivors fourth episode
A 40-second trailer for episode four has been added to the BBC Survivors mini-site. A different trailer for the episode is currently being broadcast on the BBC’s terrestrial and digital channels.
The well-received 2006 BBC documentary on the original series The Cult of… Survivors is to be repeated on BBC Four at 10.00pm on 16 December 2008. The transmission will follow straight-on from the broadcast of the penultimate episode of the new series on BBC One. As well as clips from across the three series, the… Read More BBC Four to repeat ‘Cult of… Survivors’ – 16 December 2008
In an article entitled ‘Apocalypse? Wow!’ in the Sunday People (7 December 2008), Jon Wise interviews Survivors actress Julie Graham, who describes her work on the show, along with her attitudes to family, relationships, children and the vagaries of the acting profession. ***SPOILER*** In the article, Graham reveals a plot development in an upcoming episode.
Survivors actors Zoë Tapper and Nikki Amuka-Bird were interviewed on Watch TV’s Richard and Judy’s New Position on Friday 5 December, in a slot which featured clips from episodes one and two of the new series. Original series actor Lucy Fleming (who played the role of Jenny Richards) was also briefly interviewed, alongside a clip… Read More Richard and Judy – Watch TV – Survivors feature
A one page interview with Survivors actor Max Beesley (Tom Price) appears in the new issue of TV & Satellite Week (6-12 December). Asked about the likelihood of a second series for the show, says Beesley: I hope so, and I’ll be surprised if there isn’t. The stories are interesting and people are really going… Read More Max Beesley interview – TV & Satellite Week
Broadcast magazine reports that the viewing figures for the third episode of Survivors were down on the numbers for episode two. Survivors third episode attracted 4.6m viewers (18.2% audience share). The average figure for BBC shows in the 9pm Tuesday slot for the year is 4.8m (20.5%), so episode three came at just under that… Read More Ratings slip again for episode three – to just below average