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

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Survivors – series one and two DVD set – Region one

Posted by Rich Cross on April 25, 2010

A five-disc series one and two Survivors DVD set viewable in the US (Region one) will be released on 27 April 2010 – the day that the final episode of series two is broadcast on BBC America. This edition is currently available for pre-order from the US site.

The Region one release features a different cover design to the Region two (UK and Europe) release:

Survivors S1 and S2 DVD - Region One

Survivors S1 and S2 DVD - Region One

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Survivors – Region one DVD – video promos

Posted by Rich Cross on April 25, 2010

The site is offering two brief promotional videos to support the release of the Survivors series one and two DVD set on April 27 2010. The videos are embedded below:

Survivors: An Inside Look

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Survivors – Behind-the-scenes clip

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Survivors premieres on French TV on Orange Cine

Posted by Rich Cross on April 19, 2010

Series one and two of Survivors has begun transmission on French TV on the Orange Cine channel.

With several repeat showings for each episode, transmission continues through April and into May 2010.

Interestingly, the French broadcasters have opted to give the episodes individual titles – such as Nouvel eden (New Eden, series one, episode three) and Le prophète (The Prophet, series one, episode five).

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Survivors series two concludes on BBC America on 27 April

Posted by Rich Cross on April 19, 2010

The broadcast of series two of Survivors on BBC America concludes in just over a week’s time – with episode five being shown on 20 April and the concluding episode six being broadcast on 27 April.

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Fans complain to BBC of Survivors’ cancellation

Posted by Rich Cross on April 14, 2010

Many fans of Survivors are registering their displeasure at the cancellation of the show through the BBC’s online contact form.

To join them select:

  • Type of contact: Comment
  • Topic: TV
  • Channel/platform: BBC One
  • Programme title: Survivors

Then complete the remaining mandatory fields, and add your comment about Survivors‘ cancellation.

Please continue to add comments to this blog, and to the ‘Wall’ on the Survivors series three please Facebook group.

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News of Survivors’ cancellation spreads…

Posted by Rich Cross on April 13, 2010

The news that the BBC has opted not to commission a third series of Survivors has been picked up by the Press Association; the Metro newspaper; The Guardian; Scottish Daily Record; the Digital Spy site; the ATV network site; The Independent; the Birmingham Post; the Daily Mail; the Morning Starr; the Daily Telegraph; the New Stateman; The Mirror; and more…

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Total SciFi reports BBC says ‘no’ to Survivors series three

Posted by Rich Cross on April 13, 2010

The Total SciFi site reports ‘exclusively’ that the Survivors production team has learnt that the BBC will not be commissioning a third series of the show.

Total Sci-Fi has learned that the BBC has decided not to commission a third series of Survivors, the reinvention of Terry Nation’s 1970s post-apocalyptic series.

“Sadly the BBC aren’t going to do any more Survivors,” a source close to the production told Total Sci-Fi. “They expressed genuine affection for the show and a real desire to go again but felt that with the ratings having slipped a little since the first series they couldn’t take the risk. The sad truth is that we’re somewhat the victims of having gone out on the main channel – in some ways the exposure is wonderful but in other ways it’s a mixed blessing.

“Shows like Torchwood and Being Human benefitted from growing their audiences on the digital channels where it’s easier for this kind of genre show to grow and develop without being judged. With ratings over 4 million, Survivors would be considered to have a very substantial audience almost anywhere else except BBC1 and perhaps ITV.”

The source added that the cast and production team felt they had “truly begun to hit our creative stride in series 2” and were upset at not getting the chance to develop the series further.

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Worlds Apart Survivors book – now published

Posted by Rich Cross on April 10, 2010

The first copies of Worlds Apart: The unofficial and unauthorised guide to Survivors have now been received from the printers by publishers Classic TV Press. All pre-order copies have now been despatched.

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Dramatist Phil Redmond slates Survivors remake

Posted by Rich Cross on April 4, 2010

Well-known British TV dramatist Phil Redmond (creator of children’s show Grange Hill and soaps Brookside and Hollyoaks) has heavily criticised Adrian Hodges’ Survivors remake in a belated series review in the Liverpool Daily Post.

Revealing that the original 1970s Survivors “was one of the things that drew me to the power of television”, Redmond dismisses the new Survivors as an acute “disappointment”. He argues that: “Survivors may have been entertaining, but it contributed little to ethical or social debate” and suggests that the new series “proved that not many remakes work.”

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