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

Ten years since the first episode of the Survivors remake premiered on BBC One

Posted by Rich Cross on November 23, 2018

Survivors series one promo

ON 23 NOVEMBER 2008, the BBC broadcast the first episode of Adrian Hodges’ remake of Survivors, the first instalment of the six-part series one.

Starring Julie Graham (as Abby Grant), Paterson Joseph (as Greg Preston), Zoë Tapper (as Dr Anya Raczynski), Max Beesley (as Tom Price), Phillip Rhys (as Al Sadiq), Nikki Amuka-Bird (as Samantha Willis) and Chahak Patel (as Najid Hanif), the series was adapted from original series creator Terry Nation 1976 novel Survivors although it was reset in the then-present day.

Reviewing the opening episode at the time, this blog reported:

The opening episode of Adrian Hodges’ reworking of Survivors is a startlingly good piece of work. Surprisingly, unexpectedly good – even… [O]verall this is a hugely impressive debut which successfully navigates the remake minefield to produce a drama that is both acutely contemporary and true to the spirit and ethos of Terry Nation’s original vision.

The opening episode was watched by 6.5m viewers in its 21:00 slot on BBC One, and was widely reviewed in the British press. The evening of transmission, this site enjoyed more than 10,000 hits.

Ahead of the transmission of the opening episode, the BBC backed an extensive publicity and promotion campaign. As we mark the tenth anniversary of the transmission of the first series, we’ll be republishing some of the promotional and press materials from the time over the next days and weeks.

Below are images from one of the BBC’s TV teaser advertising campaigns (shown at a time when the series’ logo include a human figure, before this design decision was reversed ahead of the series’ full launch).

Survivors 2008 - promo - what if there was no-one...

Survivors 2008 - promo - what if tonight....

Survivors 2008 - promo - One Virus

BBC One - station ident - Survivors - series one - episode one
A BBC One station ident featuring a still from episode one of series one of Survivors.

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One Response to “Ten years since the first episode of the Survivors remake premiered on BBC One”

  1. Malcolm Edeson said

    I suspect like many fans of the original series I was a little disappointed in this series at the time of airing. It was ‘good’ but a bit ‘too different’. By the end I was a fan and of course devastated when it was canned. I have since re-watched it 2 or 3 times and am now of the opinion this was a masterpiece of TV. Yes, it was promoted extensively but I feel it should have been re-aired within 2-3 years like many shows are these days. It has a very enthusiastic following in the US an overseas and I’m convinced a follow up series, even with a reduced cast (if not all are available) would be financial viable/successful.

    If anyone is desperate for a ‘potential’ follow on from the end of series 2 there is an excellent Fan Fiction story from Bella Barbaric here : https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5648003/1/Letting-Go

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