THE SIXTH AND final episode of the second and last series of the BBC’s remake of Survivors was broadcast ten years ago today, on 23 February 2010.
The closing episode brings a dramatic conclusion to the story of Abby’s efforts to reunite with her son Peter. It also delivers a shocking revelation of the full extent of the conspiracy the scientists, and those behind them, are involved with.
While Tom Price tries to compel Whitaker to tell the family the truth about the scientists’ mission and Peter’s whereabouts, a grieving Al agrees to be a test subject for a new vaccine that his colleague Fiona Douglas has developed. When Al survives, all the evidence suggests that the scientists’ efforts have been successful. After Whitaker and Douglas flee to a rendevous with Landry at the airport, the hunt to find Peter intensifies. Alone and scared, Peter shoots Douglas dead and injures Price. On the tarmac of the runway, a showdown unfolds between Landry and his henchmen and the family. Whitaker is killed by Landry’s sniper, before Price in turn kills the assassin. A tense exchange is agreed and, in return for supplies of the new vaccine, Peter Grant is finally reunited with his mother. After Landry’s plane takes to the air, it is revealed that Price, armed with an automatic weapon, has sneaked aboard as a stowaway…
In the week that it was first broadcast, this site judged the episode:
A fast-paced and dramatic series finale which provides some satisfying payoffs to some long-established story arcs and brings the family to the point of a possible new beginning.
Confirmation of the show’s cancellation came a few weeks after the transmission of this final episode, in mid-April 2010. The BBC reported that the corporation remained: ‘committed to making a broad range of varied and ambitious drama, but in order to achieve this we do have to move on from some pieces in order to allow new work to come through. After two series Survivors will not be returning.’