Survivors remake episode five series one was broadcast ten years ago

THE FIFTH EPISODE of the first series of the BBC’s remake of Survivors premiered on BBC One ten years ago, on 16 December 2018. The central storyline explored how Abby’s nascent community reacted to the arrival of a nomadic group of survivors, led by the charismatic and self-proclaimed spiritual visionary John. Through a series of… Read More Survivors remake episode five series one was broadcast ten years ago

Original Survivors novelisation – review of the audio-book

Over on the original Survivors (1975-1977) series blog, I’ve just posted a review of the new audio-book version of the 1976 Survivors novel written by the show’s creator Terry Nation. This is the novel that provided the inspiration for the BBC’s remake of Survivors in 2008-2010, and acted as the sourcebook for showrunner Adrian Hodges… Read More Original Survivors novelisation – review of the audio-book

Big Finish to release audio-book version of original Survivors novel

Audio-drama specialists Big Finish have confirmed their intention to release an audio-book version of Terry Nation’s 1976 Survivors novel – the book which was the inspiration and source material for the 2008-2010 BBC Survivors TV series. The audio version will be read by Carolyn Seymour (who played Abby Grant in the original 1975 TV version).… Read More Big Finish to release audio-book version of original Survivors novel

New mini-site for new Big Finish Survivors audio adventures

The Survivors: A World Away site (the companion site of this blog, which focuses on the original 1975-1977 series) has launched a new mini-site dedicated to the new Survivors audio adventures from Big Finish. The new site is still being actively developed, but already includes reviews of all four episodes in the first series, and… Read More New mini-site for new Big Finish Survivors audio adventures

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

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

Roger Lloyd-Pack dies (15 January 2014)

Roger Lloyd-Pack (the only actor to appear in both the original Survivors [1975-1977] and the Survivors remake [2008-2010]) has died. The well-respected character and comedy actor passed away from pancreatic cancer on 15 January 2014, at the age of 69. In the original series, Lloyd-Pack appeared in a memorable guest-starring role in the two-part story… Read More Roger Lloyd-Pack dies (15 January 2014)

Blue Plaque marks birthplace of Survivors creator Terry Nation

A commemorative ‘blue plaque‘ has been added to the birthplace of Survivors‘ creator Terry Nation, to acknowledge his role as scriptwriter and ‘creator of the Daleks’ (the perennial arch-enemies of The Doctor in Doctor Who). The plaque, added to the former Nation family home in Fairwater Grove West, Llandaff, Cardiff, was unveiled at a ceremony… Read More Blue Plaque marks birthplace of Survivors creator Terry Nation

Original series episode Genesis features in BBC ’70s documentary

Several extracts from the original Survivors first series episode Genesis feature in Dominic Sandbrook’s new BBC 2 documentary TV series The ’70s. In the third of four episodes, which focuses on the mid-1970s [‘Goodbye Great Britain 75-77’], Sandbrook makes reference to the resonances between the widespread ‘pessimism and paranoia’ gripping Britain at the time and… Read More Original series episode Genesis features in BBC ’70s documentary

Original series episode Law of the Jungle (with Brian Blessed) on the big screen in Derby

A rare opportunity to enjoy an episode from the original Survivors on the big screen is provided during the ID Fest film festival in Derby later in May. The series three episode Law of the Jungle, which features a memorable guest appearance by Brian Blessed is being screened on Saturday 26 May at 12:45pm. The… Read More Original series episode Law of the Jungle (with Brian Blessed) on the big screen in Derby

Original Survivors in Sky’s top post-apocalyptic shows

Sky TV’s celebration of six of the top post-apocalyptic shows features the original Survivors (alongside The Walking Dead, Firefly, Red Dwarf, The Day of the Triffids, and Battlestar Galactica (original series)). Sky liked the description of the original Survivors found on this blog and the Survivors: A World Away site so much, they *borrowed* from… Read More Original Survivors in Sky’s top post-apocalyptic shows

Author of forthcoming Terry Nation book interviewed

An interview with Alwyn W Turner, author of a new study of the screen work of Survivors creator Terry Nation has been added to the Survivors: A World Away site. Also added to the site (which focuses on the original Survivors [1975-1977]): * A guide to the newly accessible interior Survivors filming locations at Hampton… Read More Author of forthcoming Terry Nation book interviewed

Survivors mentions in SFX September 2010

In a round-up of his “top five non-Who sci-fi shows from the Beeb’s history” in this month’s SFX, comedian Tony Hadoke celebrates the original Survivors (alongside Doomwatch, Quatermass, Being Human, and Torchwood: Children of Earth). Survivors Post-apocalyptic drama is great: human depravity, injustice, moral dilemmas and thrilling drama. Yes, it was occasionally a tad middle… Read More Survivors mentions in SFX September 2010

Iain Cuthbertson (actor, original Survivors) dies aged 79

Small-screen stalwart Iain Cuthbertson, who memorably appeared in the role of Laird McAlister in the final episode of the original Survivors, has died aged 79. Probably best known for his roles in Sutherland’s Law and Budgie, Cuthbertson’s numerous genre credits include ITV children’s supernatural drama Children of the Stones, the adapted M R James’ chiller… Read More Iain Cuthbertson (actor, original Survivors) dies aged 79

Beesley promotes Survivors series one in Italy

Survivors actor Max Beesley (Tom Price) appeared at the Italian film and TV festival RomaFictionFest being held in Rome between 6-11 July. Beesley was in attendance to promote series one of Survivors, which is an Official Selection for the Series strand in the International competition. RomaFictionFest is also an opportunity to promote international TV sales,… Read More Beesley promotes Survivors series one in Italy

BBC Four to repeat ‘Cult of… Survivors’ – 16 December 2008

The well-received 2006 BBC documentary on the original series The Cult of… Survivors is to be repeated on BBC Four at 10.00pm on 16 December 2008. The transmission will follow straight-on from the broadcast of the penultimate episode of the new series on BBC One. As well as clips from across the three series, the… Read More BBC Four to repeat ‘Cult of… Survivors’ – 16 December 2008

Richard and Judy – Watch TV – Survivors feature

Survivors actors Zoë Tapper and Nikki Amuka-Bird were interviewed on Watch TV’s Richard and Judy’s New Position on Friday 5 December, in a slot which featured clips from episodes one and two of the new series. Original series actor Lucy Fleming (who played the role of Jenny Richards) was also briefly interviewed, alongside a clip… Read More Richard and Judy – Watch TV – Survivors feature

Original series writer Martin Worth interviewed on Radio 4

Martin Worth, who wrote scripts for the second and third series of the original Survivors, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House on Sunday 30 November, discussing how the real-world survival skills of current day survivors would compare with those expected of the public thirty years ago. (The episode is available on the BBC’s… Read More Original series writer Martin Worth interviewed on Radio 4