IN AN ARTICLE IN the Guardian (UK), Adrian Hodges – the creator and lead writer on the BBC remake of Survivors – discusses how it feels to reflect on his 2008-2010 show in the context of a modern-day, real-world pandemic. Hodges acknowledges that, even ten years on, the cancellation of Survivors “breaks my heart.” For… Read More Creator Adrian Hodges reflects on Survivors remake in the context of a present-day real-world pandemic
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) Cockroaches, a 6×30 post-apocalyptic romantic-comedy written and created by Freddy Syborn (Bad… Read More New British post-apocalyptic TV comedy: Cockroaches, ITV2
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
Writing on the SuperTechBlog site (18 January 2013), Colton Kaiser claims an ‘exclusive’, reporting that the streaming online film and TV company Netflix is in active talks with the BBC about commissioning a new, third series of Survivors. Kaiser provides no evidence for the claim other than that an “inside source familiar with the matter”… Read More SuperTechBlog claims ‘exclusive’: Netflix said to be in talks to bring Survivors back
A not-heard-before press interview with Julie Graham (Abby Grant) from the 2008 pre-series-one promotional campaign (by journalist Katy Blackwell) has been made available on the SoundCloud streaming service. In the 5m 25s interview, Graham discusses the then-forthcoming first series, the character of Abby Grant, the contemporary relevance of the show, the making of the first… Read More Julie Graham (Abby Grant) press interview from 2008 shared online
A new web site promoting the campaign to Continue Survivors has just been launched [http://www.continuesurvivors.co.uk/Backpage.htm]. With a design based on the ‘Hope Never Dies’ postcard featured in the series two story arc, the site promotes the Survivors series three online petition; the Survivors Series 3 please BBC Facebook group; as well as this blog.
The news that the BBC has opted not to commission a third series of Survivors has been picked up by the Press Association; the Metro newspaper; The Guardian; Scottish Daily Record; the Digital Spy site; the ATV network site; The Independent; the Birmingham Post; the Daily Mail; the Morning Starr; the Daily Telegraph; the New… Read More News of Survivors’ cancellation spreads…
Well-known British TV dramatist Phil Redmond (creator of children’s show Grange Hill and soaps Brookside and Hollyoaks) has heavily criticised Adrian Hodges’ Survivors remake in a belated series review in the Liverpool Daily Post. Revealing that the original 1970s Survivors “was one of the things that drew me to the power of television”, Redmond dismisses… Read More Dramatist Phil Redmond slates Survivors remake
Australian newspaper The Age published an extremely positive preview of Survivors ahead of the transmission on the opening episode of series one on Channel Nine on 21 March (the video contains advertisement previews). Serious concerns are being expressed at Channel Nine’s treatment of the series with reports that the channel had made signficant edits and… Read More The Age – Survivors Channel Nine preview video
Paterson Joseph (Greg Preston) appeared on ITV’s GMTV on Friday 26 March 2010. No online video of Joseph’s appearance is currently available, but GMTV‘s preview for the day (now only available as a cached Google page) indicates: the star of Survivors and Peepshow joins us to talk about his new drama Blood and Oil Joseph… Read More Paterson Joseph on GMTV – 26 March 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… Read More Total SciFi set visit report from series two location filming
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.
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… Read More Max Beesley appears on ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show
In an interview on the TV.com site, Phillip Rhys (Al) discusses the events of the Survivors series two finale, which will be shown on Tuesday 23 February on BBC One and on Thursday 25 February on BBC HD. ***Please note that the interview contains significant plot SPOILERS concerning episode six***
The Film Review Online site has published a gallery of sixteen BBC publicity stills from Survivors series two episode six.
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).
The Premium Hollywood site has published an interview with Paterson Joseph (Greg Preston), discussing his varied career; his shortlisting for the role of The Doctor; acting in science fiction; and some of his forthcoming roles.
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 US based CraveOnline site has published an interview with Survivors showrunner Adrian Hodges, discussing his work on both Survivors and Primeval.
The US MetaCritic site has published a round-up of reviews of the first press review of Survivors opening episode which began on BBC America on 13 February 2010. The eight reviews already published (from publications including TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly and Variety) are aggregated as “generally favorable”. Many thanks to Adrian H for alerting the… Read More First reviews of BBC America’s premiere of Survivors series one