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

Posted by Rich Cross on March 7, 2014

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 series of Survivors (1975-1977), this first set of new audio adventures will compromise four stories, featuring new characters and several of the leading characters from the original series.

Find out more about the release from the Survivors: A World Away blog (which focuses on the original series).

Big Finish - Survivors - Series One - CD cover

Big Finish – Survivors – Series One – CD cover

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Roger Lloyd-Pack dies (15 January 2014)

Posted by Rich Cross on January 18, 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 Lights of London (series two, 1976), taking on the part of the young rebel Wally, who is exiled from the 500-strong London community for voicing discontent with the authoritarian rule of dictator Manny. He rescues Greg and Charles when they are attacked by rats on arriving in London to search for the abducted Ruth. Wally travels (off-screen) to the Whitecross community to take news of the whereabouts of Greg, Charles and Ruth. When he returns and joins in a recce mission to search for petrol supplies, he is shot by the ruthless Manny and left for dead in wasteland near the Thames. At the end of the story, a wounded Wally returns to rescue Ruth, Charles and Greg, who are trapped in the underground tunnels by gunfire from a murderous Manny when attempting to flee. After he shoots Manny dead, Wally agrees to rejoin the London community in the hope of encouraging the London survivors to adopt a more equitable, tolerant and democratic form of organisation. He also commits himself to finding a volunteer doctor to take the place of abductee Ruth – who is now free to return to Whitecross with Charles and Greg.

Some thirty-four years later, in the second series of the remake of Survivors, Lloyd-Pack took on the far less heroic role of truck driver and trader Billy Stringer; who appears in episodes three and four. Initially appearing to be a benign figure, Stringer rescues Greg and the family from a Land Rover breakdown by providing them with a replacement fan belt. But Stringer later reveals to settlement leader Samantha Willis that he know knows the whereabouts of Tom Price (the man at the top of her most-wanted list) and sets in motion the events which culminate in Price’s detention, trial and conviction for murder. Stringer is revealed to be a slave trader, abducting survivors from around the country as forced labour for the brutal coal mining operation being run on Smithson’s estate: a fate which soon befalls Greg and Tom. Later, after Stringer’s truck is stolen by an escaped Tom, he is left tied to a tree in the woods. It is there that he realises that the young captive who helps to free him from his binds is Abby’s missing son Peter. Unseen off-screen, Stringer later hands Peter over to the Whitaker’s group of research scientists; setting the scene for the final showdown of the second series. Stringer’s own fate remains unknown.

Lloyd-Pack was born in 1944 in Islington, London, the son of Hammer horror actor Charles Lloyd-Pack. Early in his acting career her appeared in such shows as The Avengers, Jason King, Crown Court and Softly Softly: Taskforce, whilst enjoying a varied career in the theatre. Lloyd-Pack later found considerable fame and popular acclaim through his recurring roles in sit-coms Only Fools and Horses (as Trigger) and The Vicar of Dibley (as Owen Newitt) – roles so prominent they sometimes overshadowed his other work. More recently he appeared in Doctor Who (in 2006), The Old Guys (2009-10) and Inspector George Gently (2012) and on the big-screen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Made in Dagenham (2010) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).

News of Roger Lloyd-Pack’s passing was widely reported, including on the BBC News site (which also published an obituary and a photo gallery of his on-screen career). Obituaries appeared in The Independent, The Telegraph, The Guardian and in many other places.

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Lights of London II, 1976

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Lights of London II, 1976

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Wally, Lights of London

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Wally, Lights of London

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Survivors (2010), Billy Stringer

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Survivors (2010), Billy Stringer

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Survivors (2010), Billy Stringer

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Survivors (2010), Billy Stringer

Posted in 1975-1977, Episode four, Episode three, Series two | 1 Comment »

Blue Plaque marks birthplace of Survivors creator Terry Nation

Posted by Rich Cross on January 5, 2014

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 on 20 November 2013, to coincide with celebrations marking the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who. Terry Nation was born at 113 Fairwater Grove West in 1930. The unveiling was undertaken by Tim Hancock (the nephew of late actor and comedian Tony Hancock, and now responsible for the management of the the Nation estate) and was attended by Nation’s widow Kate.

The successful campaign to have the plaque added to the property was initiated by The Llandaff Society. The unveiling event was covered by the BBC News site, Wales Online, the Doctor Who News site, Living Magazines and many other news services.

Photos (c)

The Terry Nation 'blue plaque' at 113 Fairwater Grove West, Llandaff, Cardiff

The Terry Nation ‘blue plaque’ at 113 Fairwater Grove West, Llandaff, Cardiff

Tim Hancock is joined by a Dalek at the unveiling ceremony

Tim Hancock is joined by a Dalek at the unveiling ceremony

The unveiling event for the new 'blue plaque'  outside 113 Fairwater Grove West, Cardiff

The unveiling event for the new ‘blue plaque’ outside 113 Fairwater Grove West, Cardiff

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Original series episode Genesis features in BBC ’70s documentary

Posted by Rich Cross on May 12, 2012

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 the post-apocalyptic preoccupations of Survivors.

Sandbrook’s commentary (33ms 20s – 35ms 04s) is illustrated with extracts from Genesis (showing Anne Tranter’s first meeting with Greg Preston; and Abby Grant’s encounter with Arthur Wormley) and an oddly irrelevant aerial shot of some moorland (sourced from some other show).

Viewers in the UK can catch the episode on the BBC iPlayer service (until 9.59pm on Monday, 21 May 2012)

BBC - The '70s - 3 - ‘Goodbye Great Britain 75-77’ - Survivors

BBC – The ’70s – 3 – ‘Goodbye Great Britain 75-77’ – Survivors

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

Posted by Rich Cross on May 10, 2012

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 ‘Brian Blessed Television Showcase’ also includes an equally rare cinematic outing for one of the earliest installments of the Tales of the Unexpected anthology Lamb to the Slaughter, in which Blessed also co-stars.

At 7:00pm on the same day, the festival plays host to Brian Blessed: live in conversation, an opportunity to hear the actor and raconteur reflect on decades of work on the big and small screen.

Blessed’s appearance is followed by a screening of the kitch 1980s space-opera Flash Gordon, which features a scene-stealing peformance from Blessed as Prince Vultan.

Tickets for the Brian Blessed Television Showcase and Brian Blessed: live in conversation events are available from the Quad venue web site.

Brian Blessed - Brod, original Survivors Law of the Jungle - Lamb to the Slaughter

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Survivors in Total Sci-Fi’s ‘top 100 shows’

Posted by Rich Cross on November 21, 2010

The original Survivors ranks at the paltry position of 54 in Total Sci-Fi‘s rundown of its ‘top 100 Greatest Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows’ published on 15 November.

54) Survivors (1975-77)

A pandemic wipes out modern society as we know it, leaving a small group of people facing life in a desolate Britain in Terry Nation’s downbeat and thought-provoking ‘70s drama. When the show started going in directions he didn’t like, Nation departed and penned a Survivors novel – which became the basis for Adrian Hodges’ not-bad 2008 reinvention.

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Original Survivors in Sky’s top post-apocalyptic shows

Posted by Rich Cross on November 18, 2010

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 it without attribution and claimed it as their own.

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Author of forthcoming Terry Nation book interviewed

Posted by Rich Cross on September 6, 2010

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 Court, Herefordshire, used in 1975

* A brief appreciation of original series Survivors director Pennant Roberts

* An updated comparative guide to the release of the original three series of Survivors on DVD (Region 1 and Region 2)

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New study of the work of Terry Nation

Posted by Rich Cross on August 7, 2010

A new work by author Alwyn Turner will provide a fresh perspective on the televisual works of Survivors creator Terry Nation in the 1960s and 1970s. Due for publication in the spring of 2011, The Man Who Invented the Daleks: The Strange Worlds of Terry Nation, will be the first book-length study of the writing career of Nation since Jonathan Bignell and Andrew O’Day’s Terry Nation (Manchester: Manchester University Press) published in 2004. Publishers Aurum Press announced the publication of Turner’s new study as follows:

The Man Who Invented the Daleks

Sam Harrison of Aurum has acquired The Man Who Invented the Daleks: The Strange Worlds of Terry Nation by Alwyn W. Turner.

Cardiff-born Terry Nation was one of the most successful, prolific and celebrated writers for popular television that Britain has ever produced. His science fiction series Survivors and Blakes 7, from the late-1970s, have been durable cult and critical hits, one being re-made thirty years on and the other constantly rumoured for return, while his villainous creations the Daleks ensured, and at times eclipsed, the success of Doctor Who.

Scheduled for Spring 2011, The Man Who Invented the Daleks will focus on Nation’s work in the 1960s and 1970s, charting a career that also saw him join the legendary Associated London Scripts, become chief writer for a troubled Tony Hancock and play a key role in hit international adventures series such as The Avengers, The Saint and The Persuaders!.

Sam Harrison said: In his acclaimed histories Crisis? What Crisis? and Rejoice! Rejoice! Alwyn has proven himself one of the most stylish and authoritative writers on British popular culture working today. By drawing together the various strands of Terry Nation’s life and career, this book will offer a captivating window onto the creative melting pot without which British television today would look very different.

Anyone who knew and wishes to share their memories of Terry Nation can contact the author at:

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Survivors mentions in SFX September 2010

Posted by Rich Cross on July 29, 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).


Post-apocalyptic drama is great: human depravity, injustice, moral dilemmas and thrilling drama. Yes, it was occasionally a tad middle class, but some real issues were tackled. I wasn’t as aghast at the new series as some, but Julie Graham unwisely mocked the original for doing episodes about knitting jumpers: a bit rich considering (a) they didn’t, (b) she was in Bonekickers and (c) as it turns out it ran for longer and with greater success than the remake. So ner.

Toby Hadoke. 2010. ‘Beeb Cool’. SFX. September. p.22.

In the same issue (in fact on the same page) comedian and author David Baddiel reveals:

Favourite SF/Fantasy TV

When I was a kid I was obsessed with Survivors, and slightly disturbing things from the ’70s, like Children of the Stones.

David Baddiel. 2010. ‘My Sci-Fi’. SFX. September. p.22.

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Iain Cuthbertson (actor, original Survivors) dies aged 79

Posted by Rich Cross on September 12, 2009

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 Casting the Runes, and the Doctor Who story The Ribos Operation.

In the finale of series three of the original Survivors, Cuthbertson’s Laird was determined to assert the interests of Scottish survivors and challenge any plans that Agnes’ new ruling council might have to take the country’s resources for granted.

Obituaries appeared in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Scotsman.

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Survivors series one to be shown in Italy

Posted by Rich Cross on August 30, 2009

The first series of Survivors (2008) will be shown on the RAI-TRE station in Italy, beginning with a broadcast of the 90-minute opening episode at 21:10 on Thursday 3 September 2009.

The first and second series of the original Survivors were extremely popular when shown in Italy by RAI (1979-1982) and TMC (1983). Transmission of the new series is certain to encourage renewed interest in the original Survivors – all three series of which have been released on DVD in Italy (as both a series of box-sets and a multi-part serial) for the first time.

Many thanks to Luca and Riccardo for alerting the blog to this news.

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Beesley promotes Survivors series one in Italy

Posted by Rich Cross on July 11, 2009

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, in the European market in particular.

Three promotional shots of Beesley’s appearance can be viewed (in thumbnail format) on the Bruno Press web site. (Deep-linking is not supported, so carry out a search for Max Beesley Fiction Festival to retrieve the relevant images).

The original 1975-1977 series of Survivors was a major TV hit in Italy, and all three series of the show have just been released on DVD in Italy for the first time – in a set of three box-sets and also as a series of ongoing ‘part-works’.

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

Posted by Rich Cross on December 8, 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 documentary features interviews with Ian McCulloch (Greg), Carolyn Seymour (Abby), Lucy Fleming (Jenny), director Pennant Roberts and scriptwriter Martin Worth.

The documentary is also included as a special feature on the three-series DVD boxset released in November.

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Richard and Judy – Watch TV – Survivors feature

Posted by Rich Cross on December 6, 2008

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 from the series three episode Manhunt (featuring Jenny, Charles [Denis Lill] and Hubert [John Abineri]). Asked for her view on the new series, Fleming said:

I’m really enjoying it. I find it really difficult to judge, actually, because I know the characters a bit and I know the story a bit, but it’s all different. It’s brilliant for the modern generation to do it [like that], to make it real for them. Good luck to them.

Zoë Tapper, Nikki Amuka-Bird (left); Lucy Fleming (right)

Zoë Tapper, Nikki Amuka-Bird (left); Lucy Fleming (right)

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Original series writer Martin Worth interviewed on Radio 4

Posted by Rich Cross on December 2, 2008

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 iPlayer until the next episode broadcast at 10am on 7 December).

Elsewhere on Radio 4, Survivors was also the theme for the spiritual Thought for the Day slot on the morning news show Today on 25 November.

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Pennant Roberts, original series director, rates the new Survivors

Posted by Rich Cross on November 29, 2008

*** EXCLUSIVE *** Pennant Roberts, who directed numerous episodes of the first and second series of the original Survivors – including the classic opening episode The Fourth Horseman – shares with this blog his initial reaction to viewing the first two episodes of the remake:

“on the whole I enjoyed watching the first episode. Remakes often have a chequered history, but writer Adrian Hodges never permitted his audience to lose the plot. Terry Nation’s storyline was faithfully reproduced, even some of his actual lines recycled. The timing of the remake appears perfect. We find ourselves challenging ‘difficult times’ once more, as Gordon Brown is so fond of saying. What a relief! Things could be far, far worse for us all.

I didn’t enjoy the second episode as much, because it contained more of Terry Nation’s bish-bash-bosh philosophising, which thankfully I was able to avoid first time around. Nevertheless, I’ll be watching the new series to the bittersweet end.”

Pennant Roberts, 28 November 2008

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Lorna Lewis comments on the Survivors remake

Posted by Rich Cross on November 24, 2008

Lorna Lewis, who played the role of Pet Simpson in series two and three of the original Survivors describes her reaction to the revival of the programme in an interview in Kent News, published on 24 November 2008.

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BBC Breakfast news Survivors feature

Posted by Rich Cross on November 19, 2008

A 2min-20sec news-story on Survivors was broadcast several times during today’s morning news programme BBC Breakfast on BBC One.

The story featured interviews with cast members including Philip Rhys (Al), Julie Graham (Abby Grant) and Paterson Joseph (Greg Preston); clips from the main BBC promotional trailer; and a brief extract from the opening episode of the original series The Fourth Horseman, focusing on the original Abby Grant – Carolyn Seymour.

Julie Graham, BBC Breakfast, 19 November 2008

Julie Graham, BBC Breakfast, 19 November 2008

Posted in 1975-1977, Cast interviews, Episode one, New series preview, Press coverage, Terry Nation | 1 Comment »

SciFiNow – original and new series features

Posted by Rich Cross on November 17, 2008

The four-page full-colour guide to the original Survivors (authored by the editor of this blog) which first appeared in the April 2008 of SciFiNow, has been republished in Volume One of the SciFiNow – Timewarp collection, which is now available in newsagents. The 256-page ‘special’ [ISBN: 978-1-906078-19-5] retails for £9.99.

The five-page feature on the the new series, which appears in the current issue of SciFiNow (Issue 21) (also written by this blog’s editor), will be available in shops until 27 November (cover price, £4.00).

SciFi Now - 21 and Timewarp Collection Vol 1

SciFi Now - 21 and Timewarp Collection Vol 1

Posted in 1975-1977, Cast interviews, New series preview, Press coverage, Production series one, Remake, Survivors, Terry Nation | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »


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