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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

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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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Max Beesley appears on ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show

Posted by Rich Cross on February 22, 2010

Max Beesley (Tom Price) appeared – briefly – on ITV’s teamtime Alan Titchmarsh Show today (22 Feburary) to discuss his work on Survivors; the release of series two on DVD; his musical career and his pre-production work on his screenplay Mr Goodnight. The interview begins just under 38mins into the episode; and includes a short clip from episode four of series two.

The episode is available to view on the ITV Player (select 22 February 2010 edition).

Posted in Cast interviews, DVD, DVD - new series, Episode four, Episode six, Press coverage | 1 Comment »

Survivors series two, episode four attracts 3.8m viewers

Posted by Rich Cross on February 13, 2010

The Media Guardian site reports that the fourth episode of series two of the new Survivors drew an audience of 3.8m viewers (a 15% audience share) on 9 February.

Posted in Episode four, Press coverage, Series two, Transmission | 1 Comment »

BBC post clip from Survivors series two episode four

Posted by Rich Cross on February 4, 2010

A 2m 5s clip from episode three of series two of Survivors has been posted on the BBC Survivors web site. Entitled ‘Finding Billy’, the clip is embedded below.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Episode four is broadcast on BBC One and the BBC HD Channel at 09:00pm on Tuesday 09 February 2010.

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Survivors series two episode four – photo gallery

Posted by Rich Cross on February 3, 2010

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

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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

Posted in DVD, DVD - new series, Episode five, Episode four, Episode one, Episode six, Episode three, Episode two, Series one, Series two, Survivors | 1 Comment »

BBC Press Office posts Survivors fourth episode preview

Posted by Rich Cross on January 23, 2010

The BBC Press Office has posted preview details of episode four of series two of Survivors (to be shown on 9 February 2010).

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

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

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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

Posted in Broadcast, Episode five, Episode four, Episode one, Episode six, Episode three, Episode two, Episodes online, Series two | Leave a Comment »

BBFC gives series two episode four a ’15’ rating

Posted by Rich Cross on January 5, 2010

The BBFC has today awarded episode four of series two of Survivors a ’15’ rating, with the ‘Consumer advice’ 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).

Posted in BBC Survivors mini-site, Episode five, Episode four, Episode one, Episode six, Episode three, Episode two, Episodes online | 2 Comments »

Survivors episode three and four reviews round-up

Posted by Rich Cross on December 11, 2008

Reviews of recent episodes of Survivors have been posted on the Digital Spy site (episode three and episode four); the Total SciFi site (episode three and episode four); and the Quiet Earth site (episode three and episode four).

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Audience picks up for Survivors fourth episode

Posted by Rich Cross on December 11, 2008

The Brand Republic site reports that viewing figures for the fourth episode of Survivors appear to have reversed the downward trend experienced in previous weeks – albeit modestly. According to unofficial overnight figures, 4.8m viewers tuned in to watch the programme (a 20.7% audience share), comfortably outdoing the competition on ITV1 from Champion’s League coverage of a Chelsea match. This puts the programme back into the ‘average’ band expected for the 9pm Tuesday slot on BBC One.

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Trailer for Survivors episode four

Posted by Rich Cross on December 8, 2008

A 40-second trailer for episode four has been added to the BBC Survivors mini-site. A different trailer for the episode is currently being broadcast on the BBC’s terrestrial and digital channels.

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

Posted in DVD, DVD - new series, Episode five, Episode four, Episode one, Episode six, Episode three, Episode two | 2 Comments »

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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