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Total SciFi set visit report from series two location filming

Posted by Rich Cross on March 4, 2010

The Total SciFi site’s Paul Simpson has posted (3 March 2010) a report from a set visit he made during the latter stages of the filming of Survivors second series in 2009. During the visit to various locations, Simpson interviews Phillip Rhys (Al), Chahak Patel (Najid) and showrunner Adrian Hodges – who concludes:

“In some ways we feel that we’ve barely begun with Survivors, but in other ways I have to accept that this might be its final series… What I’ve tried to do with this series is give a satisfying conclusion so that if it proves to be the last episode, at least it will feel like a series that has finished in an appropriate way, but at the same time, almost every door is left open.”

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iF magazine – Adrian Hodges interview

Posted by Rich Cross on February 22, 2010

The iF magazine website has published an interview with Survivors showrunner Adrian Hodges, in which he discusses (for a US audience now following series one on BBC America) the process of reviving Survivors; the post-apocalyptic genre; updating characters from Terry Nation’s novel; and the challenges of filming an ‘end of the world’ drama.

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The Daily Beast – Adrian Hodges interview

Posted by Rich Cross on February 14, 2010

The Daily Beast site has published an interview with Survivors showrunner Adrian Hodges, as the publicity surrounding the premiere of series one on BBC America gathers pace.

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Max Beesley interviewed on ITV’s ‘Loose Women’

Posted by Rich Cross on February 13, 2010

Following on from Julie Graham’s appearance (3 February), Max Beesley (Tom Price) appeared on ITV daytime chat show Loose Women on 12 February. A video of Beesley’s interview is available on the Loose Women web site (select ’12 Feb 2010 – Max Beesley’ from the video highlights list).

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Premium Hollywood – Adrian Hodges interview

Posted by Rich Cross on February 10, 2010

The Premium Hollywood site has published an interview with Survivors creator Adrian Hodges, in which he discusses the writing of the scripts; the casting of the main characters; comparisons between the original series and the new; and many other aspects of the show.

Adrian Hodges

Adrian Hodges

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Survivors interview and features – Manchester Evening News

Posted by Rich Cross on January 17, 2010

Manchester Evening News journalist Ian Wylie (who covered series one of Survivors extensively in 2008) has an interview with Julie Graham (Abby Grant) on his Life of Wylie blog; and a preview feature on the new series (featuring interviews with cast and crew) on the main Manchester Evening News site.

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Total SciFi interviews Survivors producer Hugh Warren

Posted by Rich Cross on January 17, 2010

The Total SciFi site has posted an interview with Survivors producer Hugh Warren, in which he talks about shifts in storytelling in series two; the move to Birmingham; audience and BBC feedback; viewing figures for series one; and the team’s plans for the future of the show.

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Video interview with series creator Adrian Hodges

Posted by Rich Cross on January 13, 2010

As promoted on BBC One at the end of episode one, the BBC Survivors site now offers a video interview with showrunner and lead writer on the series Adrian Hodges.

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TV listings magazines preview Survivors series two

Posted by Rich Cross on January 6, 2010

The print TV listings magazines have, between them, previewed Survivors second series extensively. Coverage includes:

  • ‘The viral countdown’ (Total TV Guide)
  • ‘The last action heroes’ (TV & Satellite Week)
  • ‘Apocalypse now?’ (TV Quick)
  • ‘Abby’s lab terror’ (What’s On TV)
  • ‘Pick of the Day: Survivors’ (Radio Times)
  • Survivors’ (TV Easy)
  • ‘Pick of the Day: Survivors (TV Times)

The Radio Times once again takes the opportunity to sustain a proud thirty-five year long tradition by not granting Survivors front cover billing (and this time round not even dignifying the show with a feature). In sharp contrast, Total TV Guide makes Survivors second series its front cover lead (as it did with series one back in 2008).

Total TV Guide, 9-15 January 2010

Total TV Guide, 9-15 January 2010

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BBC Press Office publishes Survivors series two press pack

Posted by Rich Cross on December 18, 2009

The BBC Press Office has now published its press pack for Survivors series two – including brief interviews with Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph, Phillip Rhys, Zoe Tapper and a guide to ‘additional characters’ (new and returning).

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Digital Spy posts Adrian Hodges S2 preview interview

Posted by Rich Cross on December 14, 2009

The Digital Spy site has posted a Survivors series two preview interview with showrunner and lead script writer Adrian Hodges.

The interview, which was recorded during the Survivors series two press day in October – quite naturally – includes revelations about series two characters and plot developments which could be treated as ***SPOILERS***.

Thanks to the eagle-eyed Adrian H for spotting that this had been posted.

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Adrian Hodges discusses reception for series one and plans for series two

Posted by Rich Cross on January 2, 2009

In an interview for the Total SciFi site showrunner and main scriptwriter Adrian Hodges discusses the reception of the first series of the new Survivors and his plans for series two.

There are no specific series two spoilers, but in the interview he reveals the following:

I read Terry Nation’s book very carefully, and I’ve read it again since, and I will read it again before I start working on the second series. There was a lot at the front of the book that I wanted to use directly or indirectly, and there was a lot in the second half that I wanted to use, but over a long period of time…

We will be resolving the cliffhanger relatively quickly, at least one part of it… All the characters are coming back, but I can’t say for sure how long Paterson [Joseph (Greg Preston)] is back for because that’s the cliffhanger…

[A]s the structure of the world begins to disintegrate, you’ll see more of the world collapsing. It will gradually become more tribal, in the sense that people will form alliances and groups.

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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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BBC Writers’ Room – Survivors

Posted by Rich Cross on November 23, 2008

The BBC’s BBC Writers’ Room blog includes a post by Piers Beckley, introducing interviews by scriptwriters Adrian Hodges and Gaby Chiappe, who both discuss their craft on the programme.

Beckley also announces that, to assist would-be scriptwriters in understanding how to translate ideas to screen-ready telescripts, the full-script for the first episode of Survivors will be uploaded to the BBC Writers’ Room site and available on Monday 24 November. Budding scriptwriters can then compare the submitted script with the final televised version of the episode…

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Broadcast: producer Hugh Warren on filming Survivors

Posted by Rich Cross on November 23, 2008

In Broadcast magazine – ‘On location: Survivors’ (19 November 2008), producer Hugh Warren describes the triumphs, challenges and tribulations of bringing the new Survivors to the screen.

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