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Julie Graham (Abby Grant) returns to world of Survivors – in original series audio

Posted by Rich Cross on January 17, 2017

Julie Graham (Abby Grant, 2008-2010) will return to the world of Survivors later this year when she guest-stars in series six of new Survivors audio adventures (set in the time and place of the original 1970s’ BBC TV series) being released by Big Finish.

Graham features in the sixth series episode “Revenge of Heaven”, one of four standalone stories within the timeline of the third original BBC TV series, playing the character of Katherine Tanner. Graham’s episode focuses on the trip undertaken by Greg Preston (played by Ian McCulloch) to Norway in the hope of bringing hydroelectric power stations back on line and encouraging a new era of trade and federation between the two countries. Series six will be released in June 2017, and is available for pre-order (in both CD and download formats) on the Big Finish site.

Julie Graham is the second cast member from the 2008-2010 remake of Survivors to appear in the Big Finish Survivors audio stories. Zoë Tapper (Anya Raczynski) appeared in series four and series five of the Survivors audio adventures playing the role of former junior civil servant Evelyn Piper.

Five series of Survivors audio adventures have already been released by Big Finish (all of which are available to buy on the Big Finish site), along with a complete audio-book version of the 1976 Survivors novel (which provided the inspiration for the BBC’s 2008-2010 remake of the series). The company has committed to releasing (at least) nine series of original Survivors audios.

Read reviews of every episode released so far across all five series and check out interviews with cast and crew members.

Julie Graham joins the cast of series six of Survivors audios

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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – July 2016

Posted by Rich Cross on July 13, 2016

Containment - promo

Containment

The first of episode of new virus-outbreak drama Containment has its UK premiere on E4 tonight (13 July 2016) at 21:00 (and thereafter on all4 catch-up services).

Described as a “tense US drama exploring what happens when a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, Georgia, and a quarantine covering a vast urban area is quickly enforced”, Containment is an American TV remake of the Belgium television mini-series Cordon (which was shown on BBC Four in 2015).

The twelve-episode series is in mid-season in the US, but makers the CW network confirmed in May 2016 that it would not be renewing the show for a second series. It has not yet been confirmed if the current (and now only) run concludes with an unresolved cliff-hanger, or whether the show provides a degree of resolution in its final episode

The Last Ship

Season three of post-apocalyptic US Navy drama The Last Ship begins screening in the UK on Sky One on 17 July 2016 at 20:00. The series continues to following the efforts of the captain and crew of the USS Nathan James to restore civilisation and discover a vaccine that can protect the remaining survivors of a pandemic. Transmission of the opening episode of the third series in the US was scheduled for 12 June, but was delayed for a week, due to the inclusion of a shooting scene in a nightclub (the Orlando nightclub shooting outrage occurred earlier the same day).

The Last Ship - season three

The Last Man on Earth

Acerbic post-apocalyptic comedy The Last Man on Earth was renewed for a third season in March 2016. Transmission of series three begins in the US on 25 September 2016. No UK transmission date has yet been announced; but series one and two were shown on cable channel Dave.

The Walking Dead

Season seven of the the hugely successful zombie post-apocalyptic serial The Walking Dead will broadcast in the UK in the autumn of 2016 (taking its now traditional mid-season break part way through the run, and returning in the spring of 2017). The show is continuing to expand its reach into new areas of the entertainment industry, and may be the first post-apocalyptic TV show ever to secure its own theme-park ‘ride’. ‘The Walking Dead Attraction‘ is now open at the Universal Studios Hollywood site, and is a ‘walk-through experience’ (visitors travel on-foot through an extensive ‘set’, encountering zombies and other threats as they progress). A brief video promo gives a hint of what’s in store for visitors.

Fear the Walking Dead

In the UK, series two of spin-off show Fear the Walking Dead is broadcast on the AMC channel, only available to BT TV customers; but is also available on paid-for streaming video services. After a mid-season break, the remaining episodes of series two begin transmission on AMC (in the UK) on 22 August 2016. In April 2016, AMC confirmed that it had commissioned a third series of Fear the Walking Dead.

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The Walking Dead – season six – returns in UK on 15 February 2016

Posted by Rich Cross on February 14, 2016

The second part of season six of zombie post-apocalyptic series The Walking Dead returns to UK TV screens on the Fox channel at 21:00 on Monday 15 February 2016 (one day after its premiere in the US).

AMC have released a teaser video of the first four minutes of new episode “No Way Out”, which has been picked up on a number of YouTube channels, including Entertainment TV-ONE [since withdrawn], and reported in UK newspaper The Independent.

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The 100 – series three – starts on E4 on 17 February 2016

Posted by Rich Cross on February 14, 2016

Series three of high-concept US post-apocalyptic drama The 100 premieres in the UK on the E4 Channel at 21:00 on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

The series follows the exploits of one hundred juvenile prisoners who are exiled from a failing space station (‘the Ark’) and returned to the abandoned planet earth to see if it might be habitable once again.

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Fear The Walking Dead – premieres in the UK this evening

Posted by Rich Cross on August 31, 2015

The opening ninety-minute episode of zombie apocalyptic drama Fear The Walking Dead (a spin-off from AMC’s critically acclaimed The Walking Dead) premieres in the UK at 21:00 today (31 August 2015).

The full series will only be available to subscribers to BT television services (though Fear The Walking Dead will also be available on Amazon Instant Video in 2016). Series one of Fear The Walking Dead will be six episodes in length; the already-commissioned series two will comprise 13 episodes.

However, the first episode will be freely available to all UK TV viewers with access to FreeView Channels (including those for whom free-to-view channels are included in their satellite or cable TV package) on the BT Showcase channel.
 

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You, Me and the Apocalypse – Sky 1

Posted by Rich Cross on August 25, 2015

You, Me and the Apocalypse

‘Edge of the apocalypse’ comedy drama You, Me and the Apocalypse will premiere on Sky 1 later in 2015. The US-British co-production, starring Rob Lowe and Jenna Fischer, will air on the NBC network in the United States.

The story follows an eclectic group of seemingly unconnected characters around the world as their lives start to intersect in the most unexpected ways. All triggered by the news that a comet is on an unavoidable collision course towards earth.

You, Me and the Apocalypse will see Paterson Joseph (Greg Preston, Survivors 2008-2010) return to the realm of end-of-the-world TV. Joseph takes the role of General Gaines: “who has rapidly risen through the ranks of the army, becoming a 5 Star General with responsibility for briefing the President of the United States on high-level military matters.”

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Post-apocalyptic comedy ‘The Last Man on Earth’ to air on Dave

Posted by Rich Cross on July 28, 2015

The first series of award-nominated US post-apocalyptic comedy The Last Man on Earth airs in the UK on Dave in August. Creators the Fox network renewed the show for a second series in April before transmission of the first had completed.

In the UK, The Last Man on Earth will premiere on Dave with a double-episode beginning at 21:00 on Monday 10 August 2015.

Set in 2020, The Last Man on Earth follows the story of former bank employee Phil Miller, played by Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), who finds himself all alone following a viral pandemic. Travelling through every state in the US in the hope of finding other alive, Miller finally concludes that he must indeed be the last man left alive on the planet. However, just when all hope seems lost (and Miller’s sanity is in doubt), he discovers that he is not alone after all…

 

Will Forte - The Last Man on Earth
Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth

Kristen Schaal - The Last Man on Earth
Kristen Schaal – The Last Man on Earth

The cast of The Last Man on Earth
The cast of The Last Man on Earth

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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up: July 2015

Posted by Rich Cross on July 7, 2015

The Last Ship

Following on from the cliff-hanger finale to the closing episode of series one, the ten-part series two of the viral-pandemic post-apocalyptic serial The Last Ship premiered in the UK on Sky 1 at 20:00 on 5 July.

As Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane, Grey’s Anatomy), Dr Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra, Strike Back) and the crew of the US Navy Destroyer, Nathan James, attempt to distribute the cure to the virus that wiped out 80% of the world’s population, they face a new enemy in a group of naturally immune megalomaniacs who take umbrage with a cure that could dent their plans for world domination. Setting out to destroy the Nathan James and everyone onboard, Chandler, XO Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and the team find themselves fighting for their lives, and the last fragile hope for humanity, when the bad guys fire a torpedo at them.

Z Nation

The SyFy network‘s new zombie post-apocalypse horror-thriller Z Nation will premier in the UK on the Pick channel at 22:00 on 21 July 2015. Although some critics have been harsh in their appraisal of the series, it has proved sufficiently popular to be renewed for a second 13-episode series, which will air in the US later in 2015.

Z Nation follows a group of citizens who are tasked with the critically important jog ob transporting the only known human to have been bitten and not succumb to a zombie plague across the United States in hope of finding a cure. The 13-episode, one-hour series stars Harold Perrineau (Lost, Oz) as Lieutenant Mark Hammond, a veteran Special Ops operative who, when the zombie apocalypse struck, was contemplating retirement; Tom Everett Scott (Southland, Beauty the Beast) as Sergeant Charles (Charlie) Garnett, a retired National Guard and high school history teacher; and DJ Qualls (Road Trip, Supernatural) as ‘Citizen Z’, a computer gamer and hacker whose online activities drew the attention of the National Security Agency.

The Strain

The second series of the vampire-virus edge-of-the-apocalypse drama The Strain, created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, premieres on the FX channel in the US on 12 July 2015. No UK transmission date has yet been confirmed.

Falling Skies

After premiering in the US on 28 June 2015, the fifth and final ten-episode series of alien-invasion post-apocalyptic drama Falling Skies began on the Fox channel in the UK two days later, and continues weekly at 21:00 on Tuesdays.

As the season opens, all breed of beast and mutant are running rampant on earth.

The Espheni’s power core has been destroyed, and humans are now ready to fight on their terms, even if it means resorting to hand-to-hand combat against the enemy.

After four years of being tortured, imprisoned and mutated and having their loved ones stolen from them, Tom and the 2nd Mass are filled with rage, ready to destroy the enemy in an all-out battle to determine the fate of Earth.

The Walking Dead

Filming on series six of the acclaimed zombie apocalypse serial The Walking Dead got underway last month, and studio AMC have released the first SPOILER-FREE behind-the-scenes promotional video from the set. Series six of The Walking Dead will be broadcast in the UK in the autumn of 2015 (shortly after the US premiere).

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Belgian TV drama Cordon on BBC Four

Posted by Rich Cross on June 27, 2015

The first two episodes of a new ten-part Belgian ‘viral thriller’ air on BBC Four this evening (27 June 2015, 21:00-22:40). Cordon follows the plight of a group of Antwerp residents who find themselves sealed off as authorities attempt to contain the spread of a killer virus.

Cordon is a new series from Belgium. Everyday life in the centre of Antwerp comes to a sudden standstill when the area is hermetically sealed off from the outside world. The cause is a contagious and deadly virus which spreads like wildfire.

The people trapped inside the cordon are suddenly left to their own devices. It brings out the very best in them, but also the worst… Cordon will be broadcast on BBC Four from Saturday 27th June.

BBC Four will air the remaining eight episodes on Saturday evenings (from 4 July). On 2 February 2015, the American The CW channel announced that it had commissioned the pilot for an American remake of Cordon renamed as Containment, set in the US city of Atlanta. A full series was given the go ahead on 7 May 2015.

Cordon - BBC Four - June 2015

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The expanding world of The Walking Dead

Posted by Rich Cross on June 24, 2015

Fear the Walking Dead

The first six-episode series of Fear The Walking Dead, the Los Angeles based spin-off from the celebrated zombie-apocalypse drama The Walking Dead, will premiere in the US in August 2015 (first on the AMC network, and later through the streaming Hulu service). In the UK, the series will debut in September 2015 on the AMC network made available to BT customers through the YouView platform. A second series of Fear The Walking Dead has already been commissioned for 2016.
 

 

Telltale games – The Walking Dead – Michonne

Telltale Games is expanding its The Walking Dead range with a new title focusing on the extremely popular character of Michonne. The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Games Mini-Series will be made available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC, and mobile devices; but players must own at a minimum the first episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two to be allowed to download the game.

The Walking Dead game -  Michone -  Telltale Games

Jay Bonansinga – The Walking Dead novels

The Walking Dead: Invasion – the latest installment in Jay Bonansinga‘s continuing series of The Walking Dead novels is released in hardback in October 2015.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (6 Oct. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250058503
ISBN-13: 978-1250058508
Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 23.5 cm

The Walking Dead - Invasion

The Walking Dead

Season six of The Walking Dead TV series will premiere in the UK and the US in October 2015.

The Walking Dead - season six - teaser poster

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New reality TV show – I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse – BBC Three

Posted by Rich Cross on February 11, 2015

The proliferation of different types of post-apocalyptic TV show continues – this time into the realm of ‘reality TV’. Taking inspiration from the phenomenon of city-centre ‘zombie tag’ games (such as 2.8 Hours Later) and Charlie Brooker’s ‘zombie and reality TV satire’ Dead Set, BBC Three launches new reality elimination show I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse. The eight-part series begins on BBC Three at 22:00 on Sunday 15 February 2015.

A reality game show set six months in to a zombie outbreak where a group of survivors have to take refuge in an abandoned shopping centre. Survivors just need to avoid the zombies, but the slightest touch will result in death. Anyone still alive in seven days will be rescued by an army helicopter.


 

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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – February 2015

Posted by Rich Cross on February 3, 2015

The renaissance of post-apocalyptic TV dramas (in the US at least) shows little signs of abating. A quick round-up of the state of play within the canon of end-of-the-world TV series confirms the following:

The Walking Dead

The second-half of season five of The Walking Dead returns to the FX channel in the UK at 21:00 on Monday 9 February 2015 (the day after its transmission in the US). The Walking Dead took its now-traditional Xmas and New Year mid-season break, and returns next week with the remaining eight episodes. The show has already been renewed for a sixth season.

Filming on a Los Angeles-based spin-off Walking Dead TV series began in January 2015, although no transmission date (or title) has yet been confirmed. Executive producer Robert Kirkman explained to Entertainment Weekly in January: “We want it to be a new show that can stand on its own. You could watch The Walking Dead spinoff if you’ve never watched an episode of The Walking Dead and get a really great, rich, fulfilling experience out of it. It has to be a show that can stand on its own. I think that’s what we’ve accomplished, and we start filming in a couple of days. I’m really excited.”


 

The Last Ship

The Last ShipPost-apocalyptic US Navy dram The Last Ship has been renewed for a second season by the TNT network.

The Last Ship follows the adventures of the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), in the aftermath of a global pandemic which has destroyed civilisation across the planet. Equipped with a specialist scientific laboratory, its captain and crew must travel the oceans of the world trying to find the means the devise a vaccine, and begin the process of reclaiming the land masses of the earth.

The first season was ten episodes long; season two will comprise thirteen episodes. No UK transmission date has yet been confirmed.
 
 

The Strain

The StrainEdge-of-the-apocalypse vampire horror The Strain has been renewed for a second season by FX Productions.

Created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the series has been adapted for the small-screen from their novel trilogy of the same name. (Athough the future of the world is in peril from the vampire contagion, The Strain is not really a post-apocalyptic drama)

Production on the second season got underway in November 2014, and transmission of this next batch of thirteen episodes is expected to begin this summer.

In the UK, a repeat run of the first season of The Strain begins on Watch on 8 March 2015.
 
 

The 100

Series two of high-concept, post-apocalyptic space-opera The 100 premiered in the UK on E4 in January 2015. The show has already been commissioned for a third season.

The 100 - season two

The After

The After, a post-apocalyptic drama created by Chris Carter for the Amazon studio, has been cancelled. The drama was to focus on the travails of “eight strangers forced to survive in a violent world that defies explanation”. After a pilot episode was released online in February 2014, Amazon initially ordered an eight-episode first season. However, the order was cancelled by Amazon on 5 January 2015.

A spokesman for Amazon told Variety: “We have decided to not move forward with The After. We would like to thank Chris Carter, the phenomenal cast, crew and producers for all their efforts.”

Previously announced…

 

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New British post-apocalyptic TV comedy: Cockroaches, ITV2

Posted by Rich Cross on January 6, 2015

ITV2 launch a new “post-apocalyptic romantic-comedy” this month, set in England nine years after a nuclear war has decimated the planet. The commission of Cockroaches is further evidence of the growth of the sub-genre of ‘humorous’ end-of-the-world TV and film dramas.

Cockroaches - ITV2 - 2015

Cockroaches (ITV2)

Cockroaches, a 6×30 post-apocalyptic romantic-comedy written and created by Freddy Syborn (Bad Education) and from multi-award winning producers Big Talk Productions (Rev, Him & Her) arrives on ITV2 in the New Year.

Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Uncle, Hunderby) and Esther Smith (Cuckoo 2, Skins) play Tom and Suze, two nineteen-year-olds both dreaming of the future. When nuclear war strikes, they do the thing we’d all do if we knew we were about to die. They have sex. Unfortunately, they then survive. Awkward.

Nine years later, they’re wandering the wasteland where England used to be. They’re joined by Laura (Jessica Emily Rose), the child they conceived on the night of the nuclear war. They end up at a camp of survivors, where it turns out that a lack of food and water is merely the start of their problems.

Cockroaches is a post-apocalyptic comedy about one family trying to survive in a wasteland of cannibals, perverts and one insufferable ex. Our heroes struggle with boredom, fear and the ethics of cooking with their own body fluids.

The series features a first class ensemble of iconic and next generation comedy actors including appearances from Nigel Planer (The Young Ones), Jaime Winstone (Made in Dagenham), Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey), Dan Renton-Skinner (House Of Fools), Sarah Daykin (Chickens), fast rising stand-up Tom Davis (Plebs), Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet) and guest starring Jack Whitehall (Bad Education, Fresh Meat) as Oscar, the unhinged and insufferable ex-boyfriend of Suze.

The first episode premieres on ITV2 on 13 January 2015 at 22:00, but all six episodes of series one can be previewed in full (in the UK) on the ITV Player service.

Episode 1: A post-apocalyptic comedy about one family trying to survive after a nuclear fallout joining a camp of fellow survivors and oddballs including the odd cannibal. In the first programme, Tom, Suze and Laura stumble across the camp while wandering around the wasteland that was once England. Unfortunately, the place is run by Oscar, Suze’s insufferable ex. They soon discover lack of food and water are the least of their problems.With Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Esther Smith, Jessica Emily Rose, and Jack Whitehall.

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Original Survivors novelisation – review of the audio-book

Posted by Rich Cross on December 23, 2014

Over on the original Survivors (1975-1977) series blog, I’ve just posted a review of the new audio-book version of the 1976 Survivors novel written by the show’s creator Terry Nation. This is the novel that provided the inspiration for the BBC’s remake of Survivors in 2008-2010, and acted as the sourcebook for showrunner Adrian Hodges as he set about crafting his updated vision of a twenty-first century post-apocalyptic Britain.

Voiced by Carolyn Seymour (who played Abby Grant in the 1975 series of Survivors), Big Finish’s new audio-book is a triumph:

As a single-voice, unabridged audio-book, delivered with panache, commitment and believability by one of the original series’ best remembered cast, Big Finish’s latest Survivors offering simply could not be bettered.

The audio-drama company Big Finish released the first series of new adventures (based in the time and place of the original Survivors series) in June 2014, and two further series of new and original audios are scheduled for 2015.

erry Nation - Survivors - Big Finish audio-book

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The Walking Dead – Season five – begins 13 October 2014

Posted by Rich Cross on October 6, 2014

AMC have released new trailers to promote season five of zombie post-apocalyptic serial The Walking Dead which begins on 13 October at 22:00 on the FOX channel in the UK (the day after it screens in the US).

The Walking Dead: Hunt

The Walking Dead: You Are Not Safe

Season four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate.

Season five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.

Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them:

After all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost…

Who do they become?

Also available on YouTube are 13 original ‘webisodes’ set in the universe of The Walking Dead TV series.

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Falling Skies renewed for fifth and final season

Posted by Rich Cross on September 21, 2014

Alien invasion post-apocalyptic drama Falling Skies has been renewed for a fifth and final series.

Noah Wyle, who’s played the lead role of resistance fighter Tom Mason since the first episode, commented:

We’re still here, and we’ll be back for a fifth and final season, So rarely in television do you get to choose your own ending. […] You get to give the fans a sense of completion to the narrative that you’ve played out. Getting to wrap up these storylines and have these characters reach their natural conclusions… I think it’ll be satisfying for everybody.

Fans of the 2008-2010 series of Survivors can only reflect once again that that series was not afforded a similar opportunity.

In the UK, the current run of series four of Falling Skies concludes on the Fox channel with a double episode on 24 September starting at 22:00.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2758862/Production-sci-fi-series-Falling-Skies-halted-crew-member-killed-freak-accident-set.html

Production on series five was halted for several days on 15 September when a security guard was killed after being struck by a vehicle on set in the suburb of Burnaby in Vancouver, Canada.

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The Walking Dead secures spin-off TV series

Posted by Rich Cross on September 7, 2014

Executives for the AMC network have confirmed that the putative spin-off series for the hugely successful post-apocalyptic zombie serial The Walking Dead will be going into production, probably arriving on US and UK TV screens in 2015.

The planned companion series will “focus on other parts of the world coping with the zombie apocalypse.”

The show’s creators shared their plans with the BBC’s Newsbeat (6 September). “There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows,” said Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead comic books.

“Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill.”

“I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave (Erickson, co-creator) and I have been cooking up for this new version of The Walking Dead, and I’m happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them.”

AMC President Charlie Collier adds: “Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most.”

The fourth series of The Walking Dead delivered the strongest ratings ever for the show, reinforcing its position as one of the network’s strongest performers. It is currently the most-watched post-apocalyptic drama on TV.

Series five of The Walking Dead will begin screening on the Fox channel in the UK on Monday 13 October 2014.
 

The Walking Dead - Season 5 - 2014

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Walking Dead season five preview and other post-apocalyptic TV news

Posted by Rich Cross on August 26, 2014

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 - Watch - September 2014

The Strain will screen in the UK on the Watch channel, part of the UKTV station group, and will premiere on Watch on 17 September 2014. The 13-part first season:

follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

The Last Ship

The Last Ship - Sky 1  - 2014

The Last Ship will be shown on cable channel Sky 1 (and Sky 1 HD). The show has already been renewed for a second season. The series:

picks up in the wake of a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoids falling victim to the devastating tragedy. But now, Captain Tom Chandler and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors.

The 100

The 100 - E4 - 2014

E4 continues to screen the first series of The 100, a “post-apocalyptic US drama in which 100 juvenile prisoners are exiled from their dying ‘Ark’ in space and sent back to Earth in the hope that they can repopulate the planet” on Mondays at 9pm. Season two of The 100 will begin screening in the US on 22 October 2014.

The Leftovers

The Leftovers - Sky Atlantic

Set three years after 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappeared without explanation, The Leftovers is the “story of those left behind”. The show has now found a UK broadcaster, and will screen on the Sky Atlantic cable and satellite channel in the autumn of 2014.

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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – end of June 2014

Posted by Rich Cross on June 28, 2014

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 – particularly as season two progressed, slumping to less than 4m.

Series producer and director Jon Favreau conceded that: “Having a show cancelled is not fun, as you can imagine. It’s a very abrupt end to a project that has been your entire world for a long time. […] I asked [showrunner] Eric [Kripe] if he had anything to pass along to the fans of the show. He said to convey that he was disappointed, but extremely grateful for your support.”

Fans of Revolution have launched a campaign urging NBC to reverse the cancellation decision, or to release the series to an alternative broadcaster willing to continue the show.



 

Producer Jon Favreau has briefly discussed Revolution‘s cancellation on air. As to a possible future for the show, he comments: “somebody [new] has to want to make it and the people who are making it [the NBC network] have to release it. There’s a lot of politics to it.”



 

Falling Skies returns

Series four of alien-invasion post-apocalyptic drama Falling Skies premiered in the US on 22 June 2014, and will be shown on the FX channel at 21:00 on Tuesdays beginning 15 July 2014.

At the end of season 3, Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and the 2nd Mass scored their biggest victory of the war to date with the destruction of the Espheni mothership in Boston, thanks in large part to the Volm.

However, the Volm subsequently kicked the humans out of their own war and tried to deport everyone to Brazil for the duration of the fight against the Espheni.

Only the personal intervention of Cochise prevented that from happening. But Tom Mason may soon wish that he had accepted the offer to escape the war.



 

The 100 (The Hundred)

The CW network has commissioned new high-concept post-apocalyptic teen drama The 100. Following a positive reception to the first thirteen-episode season (which premiered in the US in March 2014), the CW renewed The 100 for a second series which will screen in the US in October. In the UK, The 100 will premiere on E4 at 21:00 on 7 July 2014.

The 100, is set 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse decimates civilisation on Earth and the show centres on the survivors aboard their Ark in space as they struggle to manage a growing population.

The only survivors were those who had chosen to live on twelve space stations which orbited the Earth prior to the war, and a handful of “grounders” who managed to escape the planet before its downfall. In the aftermath of destruction, the residents of the space stations joined their crafts together to form a single massive station named “The Ark”, where about 2,400 people live.

The only hope of survival for humanity is to discover whether the planet has now become hospitable – so 100 of their juvenile imprisoned convicts are dispatched to Earth to discover what awaits them. Will this be a chance for the young people to start living life to the full, or will what they find on the ground prove to be even more deadly?

The 100

 

The Strain

Screening on the FX network is The Strain in July developed by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan from their own trilogy of novels. It is a high-concept, ‘near-apocalyptic’ drama showing the series’ heroes battle a viral outbreak “which bears all of the hallmarks of vampirism.” The Strain will be shown in the UK on the FX channel – dates yet to be confirmed

Note: the trailer contains scenes of violence and horror



 

The Last Ship

Premiering in the US on 22 June 2014, TNT’s The Last Ship is a ten-episode post-apocalyptic serial which focuses on the efforts of a crew of fictional US Navy ship USS Nathan James (DDG-151) to survive in the aftermath of a pandemic which has killed more than 50% of the world’s population. The lone destroyer must also search for a vaccine which can protect the survivors from the continuing threat of the virus.



 

The Leftovers

This new ten-part HBO post-apocalyptic show from Lost creator Damon Lindelof is high-concept fantasy, which follows the dilemmas of the residents of Earth who are left behind after a ‘rapture’-like event which sees many of the world’s residents disappear. The show premiers in the US on 29 June, but does not yet have a broadcaster in the UK. Cast members include Christopher Eccleston (The Doctor, Doctor Who) and Paterson Joseph (Greg Preston, Survivors 2008-2010).



 

The After

Created for the Amazon Video service by X-Files showrunner Chris Carter, The After is a post-apocalyptic drama which focuses on:

“eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation”

After a well-received pilot, Amazon commissioned a full first season, which will be available exclusively online from the Amazon Video service. The full pilot episode is available to stream free-of-charge from the Amazon Video service (in the UK and the US).

The After - Amazon Video

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Series finale of The Walking Dead delivers records TV audience

Posted by Rich Cross on April 1, 2014

The final episode of season four of post-apocalyptic zombie TV serial The Walking Dead attracted the show’s biggest ‘closer’ audience to date in the US, up by 27% on the viewing figure for the final episode of series three. Variety reports that 15.7m viewers tuned in to watch the series finale.

The follow-up fan discussion show The Talking Dead (which only broadcasts in the US) also drew a series record 7.3m viewers.

President of AMC (which both produces and broadcasts the show) Charlie Collier told the BBC News site:

“The linear television business is Dead and well.”

“Thanks to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the other terrific executive producers and the entire cast, crew and network for working together to bring the fans (myself included) another unforgettable season of The Walking Dead.

“To see this show serve as the centrepiece of a truly historic night on AMC is truly gratifying. So many played a role in this success… in giving the fans a reason to continue to return in ever-greater numbers.”

The season finale of season four of The Walking Dead aired in the UK on the FX channel on Monday 31 March, the day after its transmission in the US.

Season five of The Walking Dead is scheduled to be broadcast in the US in October 2014, and will screen in the UK on the FX channel.

The Walking Dead - season four

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