AS 2018 DAWNS, marking ten years since the first series of Adrian Hodges’ reimagining of Terry Nation’s Survivors premiered on BBC One, here’s a quick catch-up on the current state of play with a host of different readings of the post-apocalyptic idea on the small screen. Hard Sun The BBC’s new ‘pre-apocalyptic’ series Hard Sun… Read More Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – January 2018
The Walking Dead Fox have released a teaser trailer for the upcoming fifth series of post-apocalytic zombie serial The Walking Dead (Note: the trailer contains *many* plot spoilers). The new season of The Walking Dead will launch (in the UK) on the Fox channel on Monday 13 October 2014. The Strain The Strain… Read More Walking Dead season five preview and other post-apocalyptic TV news
Revolution axed Loss-of-electric-power TV series Revolution has been the latest high-profile post-apocalyptic TV drama to be axed, being dropped by the NBC network after completing its second season run. After a strong initial showing, with 11.65m million viewers tuning-in in the US for the series’ premiere in September 2012 Revolution had struggled to retain ratings… Read More Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – end of June 2014
Fans of post-apocalyptic literature (at least those based in the UK) can currently enjoy a radio adaptation of Walter M Miller Jr’s A Canticle for Leibowitz currently being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and available for a week following transmission on the BBC iPlayer. This adaptation, which covers the first Fiat Homo (Let There… Read More A Canticle for Leibowitz on BBC Radio 4 Extra
The Victorian crime drama Ripper Street, cancelled by the BBC due to falling viewing figures after two series, is to return to BBC screens for a third series following a deal with Amazon. The announcement of the deal with Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service delighted fans of the series who had been lobbying the BBC… Read More Amazon revives cancelled BBC One show Ripper Street
Series one and two of Survivors are now available for streaming download on the Hulu service (only currently available in the US). Hulu is an alternative and competitor to the Netflix service (which also offers Survivors for online streaming). Until 17 October 2013, all six episodes of series one are available free (to US residents… Read More Survivors being shown on the streaming Hulu service
The research efforts of Survivors‘ enthusiast Adrian H have uncovered good evidence that the Earth-from-space sequences used in the opening and closing sequences of each episode of Survivors were drawn from existing HD (High-Definition) footage created two years earlier for the 2006 BBC documentary series Planet Earth. This footage was itself an integral part of… Read More Survivors ‘Earth-from-space’ footage – sourced from BBC documentary series Planet Earth?
The number of countries in which Survivors has now been shown continues to grow with the show’s broadcast on Portuguese pay-TV station Black AXN Series one of Survivors was shown in December 2012, with series two premiering this month (February 2013) on Saturday evenings. The AXN trailer (with Porteguese subtitles) for series one is… Read More Survivors shown on Portuguese pay-TV station Black AXN
The new eight-part BBC One science fiction series Outcasts begins this evening (7 February 2011) at 21:00. Outcasts follows the travails of a disparate group of survivors sent from Earth to create a new frontier community on the distant planet of Carpathia, leaving behind a world that has suffered an (initially unexplained) apocalyse. More information… Read More Outcasts – new BBC One ‘post-apocalyptic’ off-world drama
Although BBC America is presenting the twelve existing episodes of Survivors as a single ‘season’, the scheduling of the show was moved between episode six (the series one finale) and episode seven (the series two premiere) this week. The series one finale of Survivors was shown on Saturday 20 March, with the opening episode of… Read More BBC America – Survivors second series moves to Tuesday
Survivors‘ international reach extends down under, with the news that the series will premiere on Channel Nine in Australia, begining on 21 March.
The Media Guardian reports that the overnight figures for episode five of series two of Survivors show that the programme drew an audience of 3.4m viewers (a 12.9% audience share).
As the premiere of Survivors on BBC America continues to attract press attention on the other side of the Atlantic, the IESB.net site has published an interview with Julie Graham (Abby Grant) and Paterson Joseph (Greg Preston), in which the pair discuss working together before Survivors; the development of their characters in series one of… Read More IESB.net interview with Julie Graham and Paterson Joseph
The BBC America web site has launched a Survivors mini-site ahead of the premiere of episode one of series one in the United States on Friday 13 February 2010. The mini-site includes: a guide to show and its characters; an episode guide; video previews (multimedia content is only viewable from within the US); photo galleries;… Read More BBC America launches Survivors site ahead of series one premiere
Film Review Online has posted a gallery of eighteen BBC publicity stills from episode three of the second series of Survivors.
All six episodes of series two of Survivors will be available for streaming (or time-limited download) on the BBC iPlayer service. Rather than the standard seven-day access to a single episode (after which a new episode replaces the previous one) the entire series will be ‘stacked’ on the iPlayer, with each new episode joining those… Read More Full Survivors series to be available on BBC iPlayer
Episode one of series two of Survivors is repeated on the BBC HD channel at 23:15 on Saturday 16 January 2010 and on BBC One at 01:10 on Tuesday 19 January 2010. Details are provided on the ‘Episodes coming up’ section of the BBC Survivors website.
The BBC Press Office has confirmed that the showing of the second episode of series two of Survivors will be delayed by a week, because of a rescheduled Carling Cup football match. The semi-final fixture between Manchester City and Manchester United was due to take place on 6 January, but was postponed because of the… Read More Survivors second episode delayed a week by live football
Three different trailers for Survivors series two are being shown on the BBC: the ‘original’ (first shown on 29 December 2009) which remains the most heavily used; and alternate versions focusing separately on the characters of Greg and Anya. The BBC is trailing Survivors extensively at present – running trailers in slots throughout the day,… Read More BBC – three Survivors trailers being shown
Broadcast on BBC One just before 9pm on Tuesday 29 December 2009 (ahead of episode two of the new The Day of the Triffids adaptation), the first 40-second Survivors series two trailer offered a montage of images from episode one and the tag-line ‘Fighting to Survive’. The trailer confirms that episode one of series two… Read More BBC shows first Survivors series two trailer