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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Posted by Rich Cross on February 22, 2010
Posted by Rich Cross on February 15, 2010
The US based CraveOnline site has published an interview with Survivors showrunner Adrian Hodges, discussing his work on both Survivors and Primeval.
Posted by Rich Cross on November 17, 2008
The four-page full-colour guide to the original Survivors (authored by the editor of this blog) which first appeared in the April 2008 of SciFiNow, has been republished in Volume One of the SciFiNow – Timewarp collection, which is now available in newsagents. The 256-page ‘special’ [ISBN: 978-1-906078-19-5] retails for £9.99.
The five-page feature on the the new series, which appears in the current issue of SciFiNow (Issue 21) (also written by this blog’s editor), will be available in shops until 27 November (cover price, £4.00).
Posted by Rich Cross on August 17, 2008
The Digital Spy web site has published a mini-interview with Julie Graham, who plays the role of Abby Grant in the new series of Survivors.
In this mini Q&A, published on 1 August, Graham reports that filming on the new series is around half-completed, and that the production is facing up to the challenge of find quiet, unpopulated places in which to film in and around Manchester. Graham also stresses that scriptwriter Hodges has concentrated on identifying the “hope and the humanity” in the programme’s otherwise bleak, post-apocalyptic setting.
Posted by Rich Cross on July 26, 2008
In its news section, issue 230 of TV Zone magazine reports on the BBC’s announcement of the main cast for the new series of Survivors. The piece is illustrated with individual publicity shots of each cast member (though not in their new series roles) overlayed (in five cases) with thumbnails of the same character from the original series.
The piece also includes a one line quotation from Julie Graham, picked up at the press conference for the BBC’s Bonekickers – a series which The Guardian described as “mind-bogglingly dreadful… Makes Scooby Do look like State of Play.”
In the quotation, Graham reveals that she has no memories of watching the original Survivors, but acknowledges that its premise was “prescient” and that she is “excited” about the upcoming remake.
Posted by Rich Cross on June 17, 2008
The June 2008 edition of Starburst includes an interview with new Survivors series’ writer and producer Adrian Hodges. The article introduces the following snippets of information:
- The 90-minute pilot (penned by Hodges) will be helmed by Life on Mars director John Alexander
- Hodges will write the first, second, fifth and sixth episodes; Gabby Chiappe (Lark Rise to Candleford) will pen episode three; and Simon Tyrell (The Firm) will script episode four
- Hodges suggests that, by common consent, the first series of the original Survivors was the most popular
- Hodges confirms that he would be keen to see a second series of the new Survivors commissioned, if the show proves successful. “It’s not a mini-series”, he reveals
Starburst June 2008
Posted by Rich Cross on June 1, 2008
Amongst the genre news services picking up on the BBC’s 30 May press release revealing details of Survivors cast and crew are the following:
- SFX: Survivors cast announced
- SF Crowsnest: Freema Agyeman to star in Survivors
- The Stage: Graham and Beesley cast in BBC Survivors remake
- Doctor Who News Page: Agyeman Cast In Survivors
- Digital Spy: BBC1 plans ‘Survivor’ [sic] remake for autumn
Posted by Rich Cross on June 1, 2008
The BBC has revealed the key cast members and production personnel working on the new series of Survivors.
A BBC press release (issued on 30 May) also confirmed that work on the series is currently underway in Manchester and will continue until September 2008.
The cast will include (in alphabetical order): Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who; Torchwood) as Jenny; Nikki Amuka–Bird (No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency; Five Days) as Samantha Willis; Max Beesley (Hotel Babylon) as Tom Price; Shaun Dingwall (Doctor Who) as David; Julie Graham (William And Mary; Bonekickers) as Abby Grant; Paterson Joseph (Jekyll; The Beach; Peep Show) as Greg; Phillip Rhys (24; Nip Tuck; Flatland) as Al; Zoe Tapper (Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky; The Last Van Helsing) as Anya and newcomer Chahak Patel as 11-year-old Najid.
The producer is Hugh Warren (Frankenstein; The Chase), directors are John Alexander (Life On Mars; Sense And Sensibility) and Andrew Gunn (Life on Mars). The executive producers are Susan Hogg (Lark Rise To Candleford; Waking The Dead) and Adrian Hodges.
The press release also provides brief descriptions of each of the show’s characters.
This blog will be updated with additional information, based on the extensive detail provided by this press release, in the coming days.