AS 2018 DAWNS, marking ten years since the first series of Adrian Hodges’ reimagining of Terry Nation’s Survivors premiered on BBC One, here’s a quick catch-up on the current state of play with a host of different readings of the post-apocalyptic idea on the small screen.
The BBC’s new ‘pre-apocalyptic’ series Hard Sun premieres on BBC One today (6 January). This new six-part drama, created by Neil Cross, blends elements of the police drama, science fiction and thriller formats. Charlie Hicks and Elaine Renko are detectives who, while investigating a murder in the inner city, stumble upon proof that the world faces certain destruction – in five years. The series follows their attempts to uncover the truth and evade the efforts of the state’s security forces to silence them. Made by Euston films, the series is produced by Hugh Warren and executive produced by Kate Harwood (both of whom played similar roles on the 2008-2010 version of Survivors). The cast also includes Nikki Amuka-Bird (who played the character of Samantha Willis in Survivors) as security services’ agent Grace Morrigan.
The Walking Dead
Zombie post-apocalytic serial The Walking Dead is currently on its usual seasonal hiatus. The second half of series eight of the show will begin broadcasting in the UK on the Fox network on 26 February 2018, following closely behind its transmission on the AMC network in the US.
Fear the Walking Dead
Spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead has now been renewed for a fourth series, with the broadcast of the third series completing in October 2017. In the UK, Fear the Walking Dead is available on the AMC cable channel and for purchase through the Amazon Prime service.
The Last Ship
The fourth series of of The Last Ship, which follows the adventures of the US Navy vessel Nathan James and its crew who seek a cure that might save the remnants of humanity of the impact of a deadly pandemic, finished transmission in October 2017. A fifth series had already been given the green light, and will reach TV screens in the UK and US some time in 2018.
The “action/horror/comedy-drama/post-apocalyptic drama” Z-Nation which aims to “put the fun back into zombies” was renewed for a fifth season which will broadcast on the SyFy channel in the UK later this year.
The Last Man on Earth
Post-apocalyptic adult comedy The Last Man on Earth was renewed for a fourth series in May 2017, which began transmission in October 2017. The remaining episodes of the fourth season will continue to screen in the US this month. In the UK, the most recent series to transmit – season three – was shown on the Dave channel in 2017. No decision on the renewal or cancellation of the show has yet been made public.
The US remake of the Belgium television mini-series Cordon, which explores the authorities’ attempts to contain a deadly plague inside a quarantine zone and the struggles of those trapped inside its limits, was not renewed at the end of the first season, leaving the drama with a series of unresolved cliffhangers and the cordon still in place.