THE FOURTH EPISODE of the first series of the BBC’s 2008 remake of Terry Nation’s Survivors was broadcast ten years ago today, on 9 December 2008.
The plot of episode four pivoted on a storyline lifted directly from the pages of Terry Nation’s 1976 novelisation, which the show’s creator himself adapted and reworked from his own script for the sixth episode of the original TV series Garland’s War. This meant that Simon Tyrell’s script for the 2008 remake was the third retelling of the story of Jimmy Garland’s efforts to win back control of his home.
While Abby’s determination to continue the search for her son leads her to an unplanned entanglement with Garland, her settlement begins to unravel in her absence. Many of her compatriots decamp to Samantha Willis’ settlement; where they soon find their sense of mutual loyalty coming apart; while, back at their own base of operations Anya and Greg find themselves under attack by marauders. By the end of the episode, Abby’s community learns the importance of genuine, unselfish collective commitment – and its fragility in this new world.
Abby also endures new disappointment in the search for her son; but finds some temporary solace in the moments of intimacy she enjoys with Garland.