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Trailer for new audio adventures (based on the 1975-1977 Survivors) released

Posted by Rich Cross on March 7, 2014

Big Finish have released the first teaser audio trailer for the new series of Survivors audio adventures, to be released on CD and via digital download in June 2014, and available for pre-order from the Big Finish online store.

The trailer is available to stream online and for free digital download.

Based on the original series of Survivors (1975-1977), this first set of new audio adventures will compromise four stories, featuring new characters and several of the leading characters from the original series.

Find out more about the release from the Survivors: A World Away blog (which focuses on the original series).

Big Finish - Survivors - Series One - CD cover

Big Finish – Survivors – Series One – CD cover

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Day of the Triffids – new film adaptation in the works

Posted by Rich Cross on March 2, 2014

A new film adaptation of the classic 1951 John Wyndham post-apocalyptic novel of ‘carnivorous plants in a world-gone-blind’ may soon enter production. The Day of the Triffids has already been adapted for the small-screen twice by the BBC (in 1981 and 2009), and a 1962 big-screen adaptation was helmed by director Steve Sekely. In addition, there have been three separate BBC radio adaptations.

Media reports suggest that the new film version is to be directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Donnie Brasco); with the script provided by Neil Cross (Luther, Doctor Who). It is reported that the film will be produced by Ghost House Pictures.

News of the putative new Day of the Triffids movie was carried on, Den of Geek, Total Film, and elsewhere.

Poster for the 1962 Day of the Triffids film

Poster for the 1962 Day of the Triffids film

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A Canticle for Leibowitz on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Posted by Rich Cross on March 1, 2014

Fans of post-apocalyptic literature (at least those based in the UK) can currently enjoy a radio adaptation of Walter M Miller Jr’s A Canticle for Leibowitz currently being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and available for a week following transmission on the BBC iPlayer. This adaptation, which covers the first Fiat Homo (Let There Be Man) section of the three-part Canticle story, is read by Nigel Lindsay.

First published in 1960, A Canticle for Leibowitz opens in the environs of a Catholic monastery deep in the south-western USA long after a nuclear war has devastated the planet. With a storyline spanning many thousands of year, the novel explores the efforts of an order of monks to discover, interpret and preserve the fragmentary remains of the scientific knowledge of humankind all-but-lost in the aftermath of the apocalypse as human society is rebuilt.

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Amazon revives cancelled BBC One show Ripper Street

Posted by Rich Cross on March 1, 2014

The Victorian crime drama Ripper Street, cancelled by the BBC due to falling viewing figures after two series, is to return to BBC screens for a third series following a deal with Amazon.

The announcement of the deal with Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service delighted fans of the series who had been lobbying the BBC to reverse its cancellation decision.

Amazon will cover the majority of the production costs, in return for the rights to premiere the series on Prime Instant Video. The BBC will retain the right to broadcast the show on BBC One some time later. Co-funding arrangements with BBC America and the Irish Film Board will also remain in place.

The BBC indicated that series three would retain the previous eight-episode format, and be produced on a similar budget to the first two series.

BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson commented: “This is an exceptional opportunity to bring back Ripper Street for a third series by working with the right partners […] This deal gives fans another series of the show they love at excellent value to the licence fee payer.”

The BBC News story commented:

Similar deals of its kind are not expected to follow. However, Amazon’s Tim Leslie said if audiences loved a cancelled show and wanted to bring it back, they would consider it.

Actress MyAnna Buring, who plays Long Susan, said fan reaction was “incredibly moving” in response to the BBC’s decision not to recommission the show.

“I don’t think without that kind of response everyone would have been inspired to create a deal like this,” she added.

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