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BBC axes post-apocalyptic off-world Outcasts

Posted by Rich Cross on March 19, 2011

The BBC has confirmed that the post-apocalyptic off-world science-fiction drama Outcasts has been cancelled after one series.

Outcasts‘ opening episode attracted 4.45m viewers (a 17.9% audience share), but by episode three viewing figures had slipped to 2.95m, and to 2.6m for episode four, amidst a largely hostile critical reception.

In response to the weak viewing figures, the BBC moved the drama from its 9pm Monday night slot to 10.25pm on Sunday – an indication that it had effectively abandoned its support for the show. The BBC explained:

“BBC One commissions a large number of new drama series each year and inevitably there will be some that do not engage as wide an audience as we would like them to […] We are proud to have brought this original and high quality drama to the audience but unfortunately it did not engage enough of them to justify playing the full series out in a 9pm slot.”

On 13 March 2011, the final episode of the eight-part series drew 1.56m viewers (11.6%). The following day the BBC confirmed that Outcasts would not be returning.


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Survivors ‘Jennys’ to appear on screen together

Posted by Rich Cross on March 1, 2011

The actresses who played the character of Jenny in the original Survivors and in the 2008 remake will appear together on screen later in 2011 in an episode of the ITV crime drama Law & Order.

Law & Order regular Freema Agyeman (Jenny Walsh, Survivors, 2008) will be joined for a one-episode guest-star role by Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards, Survivors, 1975-1977). In the original Survivors, the character of Jenny survived all 38 episodes of the show. In the remake of Survivors, the character of Jenny was killed off in the opening episode.

Bob Meade has published a behind-the-scenes photo of the two actresses on his Survivors site (republished below):

Freema Agyeman and Lucy Fleming, Law & Order

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BBC cameras visit Survivors’ locations

Posted by Rich Cross on March 1, 2011

The 27 February 2011 edition of BBC One’s Countryfile magazine show included a feature on developments Croome Park, Worcestershire – the filming location used extensively for episode four of the second series of Survivors, which provided, amongst other things, the stately home headquarters for ruthless mine owner Smithson.

Countryfile films at Croome Park, Worcestershire

The episode is available (to UK viewers) on the BBC iPlayer until Sunday 6 March.

One week earlier, on 20 February 2011, BBC One’s perennial Antiques Roadshow came from Hampton Court, Herefordshire, the signature filming location for series one of the original Survivors in 1975.

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