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Survivors remake episode five series one was broadcast ten years ago

Posted by Rich Cross on December 24, 2018

Survivors - BBC - 2008 - series one - episode five

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 encounters, the travellers upset Al’s sense of himself as a romantic “player”, and compel Anya to reveal the full extent of her medical expertise (talents she has deliberately hidden until now). John’s fragile mental state is brought into sharp relief during a manic episode in which he becomes an immediate threat to members of Abby’s group. The episode ends with the scientists in the hidden bunker discovering the identity of someone who might be their most valuable test subject yet: Abby Grant. It’s a revelation that will set in motion the explosive and bloody events of the series one finale.

Writing back in 2008, this site observed many parallels between the plot motifs of this story and those of the original 1970s’ show:

The return of Adrian Hodges to scriptwriting duties signals another incredibly strong character piece, replete with any number of reference points from the original series. In just fifty minutes, Hodges serves up: a religious zealot who claims to have access to the word of god (akin to the isolated disciples of Gone to the Angels); a group of survivors with a strong repopulationalist drive (see Corn Dolly); a pregnant woman who needs the help of Abby’s community to safely deliver her baby (see The Future Hour); a new mother who falls ills immediately after delivery, who is saved by expert medical intervention from Abby’s group (see Greater Love); a doctor who is abducted soon after her skills are made known (Lights of London); travellers who seek shelter in a church (Gone Away); a former mental patient who is forced to face up to an unmedicated life in the post-plague world (Face of the Tiger) and more besides…

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Survivors – all six series two episode available on iTunes

Posted by Rich Cross on May 9, 2010

All six episodes of the second series of Survivors are now available for digital download from the iTunes shop.

For UK customers, individual episodes cost £1.89 to download, or £9.99 for all six – using a ‘Series Pass’. (To use the service, you will need to download the free iTunes client and register an iTunes account).

Survivors series two on iTunes

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Survivors series two, episode five attracts 3.4m viewers

Posted by Rich Cross on February 17, 2010

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).

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Survivors series two episode five preview

Posted by Rich Cross on February 13, 2010

The BBC has released a preview clip from the fifth episode of series two of Survivors (which is embedded below). Entitled ‘Running into trouble’, the clip is 1m 31s duration. Although advertised as being available on the BBC Survivors web site, the clip is only currently available through the BBC’s official YouTube channel

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Survivors series two episode five – photo gallery

Posted by Rich Cross on February 10, 2010

Film Review Online has posted a gallery of fourteen BBC publicity stills from episode five of the second series of Survivors.

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BBC Press Office posts Survivors fifth episode preview

Posted by Rich Cross on January 28, 2010

The BBC Press Office has posted preview details of episode five of series two of Survivors (to be shown on 16 February 2010).

The Press Office’s guide to episode five contains major plot ***SPOILERS***.

Read the BBC Press Office’s introduction to episode five>>>

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Survivors – new DVD cover designs released

Posted by Rich Cross on January 23, 2010

The cover designs for the Survivors series two DVD and series one and two DVD boxsets have been released. Both DVDs have a current release date of 22 February 2010 (the day before episode six of series two is shown on BBC One and BBC HD). The DVDs are available for pre-order on Amazon (series two and series one and two boxset) and Play (series two and series one and two boxset) .

Survivors - series two DVD

Survivors - series two DVD

Survivors - series one and two DVD

Survivors - series one and two DVD

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Full Survivors series to be available on BBC iPlayer

Posted by Rich Cross on January 14, 2010

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 already available (until a week after the last episode is shown, at which point all six episodes will be withdrawn from the iPlayer).

The service currently indicates that episode one of Survivors series two will be available until 23 February (which would have been a week after episode six had broadcast). With a two-week gap now separating the broadcast of episodes one and two, it is certain that this date will be revised – meaning that episodes will be available until 2 March 2010.

Please note: access to programme content on the iPlayer service is only available in the UK

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BBFC rates final two episode of Survivors series two

Posted by Rich Cross on January 8, 2010

The BBFC has now rated episode five and episode six of Survivors second series; awarding both a ’15’ rating.

The BBFC ‘Consumer advice’ for episode five is that it: ‘Contains strong violence and threat’; and for episode six that it: ‘Contains strong violence’.

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Survivors – all six series one episodes available on iTunes

Posted by Rich Cross on January 1, 2009

All six episodes of the first series of the new Survivors are now available for digital download from the iTunes shop.

Individual episodes cost £1.89 to download, or £11.34 for all six. (To use the service, you will need to download the free iTunes client and register an iTunes account).

Survivors - available for purchase on iTunes

Survivors - available for purchase on iTunes

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Last day of series stacker iPlayer option for Survivors series one

Posted by Rich Cross on December 30, 2008

Access to all six episodes of the first series of Survivors on the BBC’s iPlayer service will cease at 9:29pm on Tuesday 30 December, when the ‘series stacker’ option for the programme comes to an end.

The series one DVD will be released for sale on 26 January 2009.

(2 January update: Although all Survivors episodes have now been withdrawn from the main iPlayer, episode six is still available from the BBC Survivors mini-site until 5 January. This version is the one with in-screen sign-language).

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Survivors fifth episode nets 5m viewers

Posted by Rich Cross on December 21, 2008

The Media Guardian reports (17 December) that the fifth (and penultimate) episode of Survivors netted 5m viewers and a 22% audience share – its best result for three weeks.

Elsewhere Broadcast magazine indicates that, although the viewing figures are (predictably enough) down on that secured by the opening 90-minute pilot, Survivors “is still performing above the channel’s slot average for the year so far of 4.8m (20.5%)”.

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Trailer for Survivors episode five

Posted by Rich Cross on December 11, 2008

A 54-second trailer for the fifth (and penultimate) episode of the first series of Survivors has been added to the BBC Survivors mini-site.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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New series DVD – new release date and special features listed

Posted by Rich Cross on November 30, 2008

The release date for the three-disc DVD of the first series of the new Survivors (which was previously announced as 5 January) has now been confirmed as 26 January 2009.

The release is listed for pre-order on Amazon; the BBC shop, and on other online retailers. The listed price is £29.99, though several retailers are discounting this to less than £18.00 (for pre-order).

The (unconfirmed) list of ‘special features’ on the release are as follows:

  • Making of Survivors
  • Character Profiles
  • Survivors Special Effects Featurette
  • Easter Egg

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BBC Press Office reveals details of episodes four and five

Posted by Rich Cross on November 15, 2008

The BBC Press Office has published plot details of the fourth and plot details of the fifth episodes of Survivors.

***SPOILERS*** Please note that these links reveal significant plot spoilers.

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