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Survivors – Region 1 – DVD reviews

Posted by Rich Cross on May 17, 2010

The Region 1 (US and Canada) Survivors series one and two box set is reviewed on and on the Are You Screening? blog.

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BBC America Shop – Survivors reviews summary

Posted by Rich Cross on May 9, 2010

The BBC America shop has included a lengthy set of reviews quotes to support its promotional of the Region One Survivors DVD set. Unsurprisingly, given the critical battering that the show endured in some quarters of the media, this is a selective set of positive assessments of the show (and includes some judicious extracts from less than glowing reviews), but it remains a striking set of comments nonetheless:

Series one

“… terrifying but utterly compelling … nothing could equal the drama of not knowing who’d survive to the end credits. … Who’d have thought the end of the world could be so much fun? But it’s an increasingly dark and violent tale.”
Ben Felsenburg, London Lite

“…storytelling cues have clearly been taken from recent American successes … This is slick, modern, sophisticated drama – homegrown produce to be proud of … Leading the cast with a sturdy, gutsy performance is Julie Graham as Abby Grant … there is an unexpected twist in the final moments that
will leave you eager for more. A welcome shot in the arm for the British fantasy renaissance.”
Richard Unwin, Observer

“…it was so gripping I had to stay up past my bedtime. Now part two is on Tuesday, when I’m busy, which means watching it on iPlayer in the freezing, uncomfortable office area, which is the same trick they played with Little Dorrit. But again I am prepared to suffer to see it through.”
Michele Hanson, Guardian

“…what a great show, eh? I really love this sort of stuff.”
Mike Ward, Daily Star

“…a strong cast led by Julie Graham and Paterson Joseph head this gripping reworking of Terry Nation’s popular Seventies drama … Don’t miss.”
Gerard O’Donovan, Sunday Telegraph

“A strong small-screen cast … The writer Adrian Hodges, of Primeval fame, works some nice Spooksstyle tricks by killing off big names just when you least expect it. He then sets everyone else at each other’s throats, adds in a subplot about the cause of the disease and then cranks up the tensions in the ensemble.”
Stephen Armstrong, Sunday Times

“Far more realistically imagined than the horror film 28 Days Later … TV does science-fiction justice with the perfect balance between the most extreme of ideas and credible execution. Make a date with the apocalypse.”
Mail on Sunday

“What keeps you watching, though, is the largely well-drawn cast of characters who make it through, led by Julie Graham’s admirably determined Abby.”
Jonathan Wright, Guardian

“In a funny way this show is a bit like The Apprentice, because it makes us wonder how we’d cope ourselves with the cards they’ve been dealt (and can sit at home smugly thinking how we’d make a much better job of it).”
Jane Simon, Daily Mirror

“…some genuinely chilling scenes…”
Jill Foster, Daily Mail

“Neatly timed for the return of the flu season, BBC1’s remake of the apocalyptic drama is nicely calculated to turn a minor twinge or an achy feeling into a harbinger of imminent doom and civilisational collapse. … A final coda, revealing white-coated scientists who appeared to know much more about the origins of the pestilence than was respectable, suggested that the real fun will start next week.”
Thomas Sutcliffe, Independent

“…spellbinding … a rattling good yarn … a pretty convincing remake, too, an unsettling, haunting drama with a strong cast, a powerful story and a premise that’s bleaker than a month of Mondays.”
Leicester Mercury

“… a powerful opening…”
Andrea Mullaney, Scotsman

“As the first episode unfolded, and the body count rose, I started feeling feverish, and my neck rather stiff, as a pounding headache took hold. And I began, discreetly, to probe for swollen glands. I suspect I wasn’t the only viewer so afflicted.”
Liz Hunt, Daily Telegraph

“…Survivors is marvellously silly and completely riveting…”
Kathryn Flett, Observer

“…may well be the most invigorating new drama of the year.”
Mik Duffy, Scotland on Sunday

“…Max Beesley … our favourite hunk…”
Daily Star

“… [Paterson] Joseph was the main reason I’ll be tuning in tomorrow night. That and the surprise ending – well, it surprised me.”
John Plunkett, Guardian

Series two

“Another high-octane helping of post-apocalyptic drama”
Mike Bradley, Observer

“Hugely entertaining”
Jonathan Wright, Guardian

“Full of betrayals and double-crosses”
Sophie Heath, Daily Mail

“Max’s chiselled torso is just one reason to watch the second series of this brilliant post-apocalyptic fantasy”
News of the World

“…it’s come over all Lost, with mysterious numbered postcards popping up all over the shop and hints the sinister scientists … may be some kind of dastardly aliens … And it seems that underneath Greg’s manly and heoic exterior there’s a psychotic bruiser just itching to get out. Which, along with its madcap conspiracy theories, should see Survivors surviving quite nicely.”
Keith Watson, Metro

“Must-See TV … a glossy young cast, some five-times-the-detail HD gore and the interactive whizzbang at…”
The Times

“…the action is piled on with a trowel, disaster looms at every turn and sinister, lab-coat-wearing baddies start emerging from the woodwork…”
Pete Naughton, Daily Telegraph


“[Sarah’s] latest actions are surprising and make you see her in a whole new light”
Lorraine Thurlow, Daily Mirror

Charlotte Civil, Daily Express

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Houston Chronicle – seven episode reviews of Survivors on BBC America

Posted by Rich Cross on March 31, 2010

The Chron blog of the Houston Chronicle has posted reviews of all six episodes of series one of Survivors and of the opening episode of series two (which are being shown as a single 12 episode series on BBC America).

New reviews will be added at the same URL as the remaining five episodes of series two of Survivors are broadcast.

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SciFiNow Survivors series two DVD review

Posted by Rich Cross on March 25, 2010

Reviewing the Survivors series two DVD in SciFiNow magazine (Issue 39), James Rundle declares the second series “highly recommended” and adds:

Alternately distressing, heartwarming, savage, restrained, brutal and disciplined, this is surely one of the finest post-apocalyptic shows of the millennium…. [I]t’s possible to jump in at this point if you missed the first season, although we’d recommend watching that first if you have the opportunity… This is quality drama.

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First reviews of BBC America’s premiere of Survivors series one

Posted by Rich Cross on February 14, 2010

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 blog to this – and for other updates too numerous to mention

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Total SciFi – episode two review and Paterson Joseph interview

Posted by Rich Cross on January 29, 2010

The Total SciFi site has published a review of episode two of Survivors second series; and an interview with actor Paterson Joseph (Greg Preston).

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Survivors episode one – more reviews

Posted by Rich Cross on January 17, 2010

More reviews of episode one of series two of Survivors appear in The Times (which also previewed the show (on 9 January)); The Telegraph; and on the

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Survivors series one: DVD reviews

Posted by Rich Cross on March 1, 2009

Reviews of the first series of Survivors DVD release appear in SFX (No 180, March 2009), SciFi Now (Issue 25, February-March 2009) and DeathRay (No 17, February-March 2009). DeathRay‘s Guy Haley concludes his review with a call to the BBC to: “Bring it back as soon as, Auntie, because this is the best SF treat you’ve given us in in years.”

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Survivors features in Screenwipe’s review of the year

Posted by Rich Cross on December 30, 2008

Survivors features in BBC Four’s Screenwipe’s review of 2008, presented by Charlie Brooker.

The programme is available on the iPlayer service until the evening of 31 December. (iPlayer access to this programme has now been extended to 12:24am on Thursday 8 January 2009.)

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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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Pennant Roberts, original series director, rates the new Survivors

Posted by Rich Cross on November 29, 2008

*** EXCLUSIVE *** Pennant Roberts, who directed numerous episodes of the first and second series of the original Survivors – including the classic opening episode The Fourth Horseman – shares with this blog his initial reaction to viewing the first two episodes of the remake:

“on the whole I enjoyed watching the first episode. Remakes often have a chequered history, but writer Adrian Hodges never permitted his audience to lose the plot. Terry Nation’s storyline was faithfully reproduced, even some of his actual lines recycled. The timing of the remake appears perfect. We find ourselves challenging ‘difficult times’ once more, as Gordon Brown is so fond of saying. What a relief! Things could be far, far worse for us all.

I didn’t enjoy the second episode as much, because it contained more of Terry Nation’s bish-bash-bosh philosophising, which thankfully I was able to avoid first time around. Nevertheless, I’ll be watching the new series to the bittersweet end.”

Pennant Roberts, 28 November 2008

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First episode review posted

Posted by Rich Cross on November 23, 2008

A review of the first episode of Survivors has now been added to the blog.

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DeathRay – episode one review

Posted by Rich Cross on November 17, 2008

The Winter 2008 edition of DeathRay includes a two-page review of episode one of the new series of Survivors, by Guy Haley (awarding it four-stars – which is a rating of ‘Excellent’).

***SPOILERS*** Inevitably, this review (which is only available in print in the magazine) reveals numerous plot and character details.

Please note: Although the editor of this blog attended the press screening of episode one, a review will not be posted on this blog until after the first episode has been shown on BBC One.

A review of each episode will be added to this blog once it has been broadcast. There will also be a poll asking visitors to rate each episode and – of course – the opportunity for all viewers to add comments and opinions of their own about the show.

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