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Survivors’ Birmingham filming begins

Posted by Rich Cross on June 21, 2009

Filming on the second series of Survivors is now underway, with sequences set in central Birmingham locations amongst the first to go in front of the cameras earlier this month.

On Sunday 14 June, several streets in inner-city Birmingham were closed to the public and dressed by the production crew to record sequences featuring the core series two cast. The Birmingham Mail (15 June) reported that the crew “made the most of the area yesterday – by filling the streets with tons of rubbish”, and published a photo of the litter-strewn area. As well as local journalists, the filming process was observed by several passers-by, tourists and fans of the programme.

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Adrian Hodges ITV fantasy Primeval cancelled

Posted by Rich Cross on June 21, 2009

Primeval, the ITV dinosaur fantasy adventure series created by Survivors’ showrunner Adrian Hodges, has been cancelled in a decision that appears to have come as an unwelcome surprise to the show’s producers.

Three series of the Saturday tea-time family-friendly genre show had been broadcast, and pre-production work was already underway on series four when ITV made its announcement.

ITV made clear that the decision to drop Primeval was part of a general reallocation of the drama spend that would see the channel focus most of its funding on post-9pm (and therefore post-watershed) programming.

Clearly stung by the shock move, a spokesperson for the show indicated that the producers would not have gone ahead with the series three cliff-hanger ending had they been made aware that the third series would be the show’s last.

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Survivors cast pictured at charity social event – June 2009

Posted by Rich Cross on June 7, 2009

Survivors cast members Phillip Rhys, Robyn Addison, Julie Graham, Max Beesley and Zoë Tapper all attended a charity fund raising event for the 5 Stars Scanner Appeal on 1 June 2009 held at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, hosted by Ryan Giggs and fellow 5 Stars Ambassador Beesley.

The 5 Stars Scanner Appeal aims to raise £1m to buy a new MRI scanner for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital which can greatly enhance early detection and diagnosis of cancer – the appeal currently stands at £750,000 and aims to raise the remaining £250,000 by this summer.

A photo of the group can be seen on the Getty Images site (the free-to-view preview is watermarked).

More information about the Appeal can be found in a promotional video for the charity presented by Max Beesley.

In the photo from the charity event, Beesley is sporting a signature ‘Tom Price haircut’, far shorter than that on seen during his recent appearance on the Paul O’Grady show – an indication that filming on series two of Survivors is either imminent or already underway.

Thanks to Adam and Adrian H for locating the Getty Images photo of the event.

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