THE FOURTH EPISODE of the first series of the BBC’s 2008 remake of Terry Nation’s Survivors was broadcast ten years ago today, on 9 December 2008. The plot of episode four pivoted on a storyline lifted directly from the pages of Terry Nation’s 1976 novelisation, which the show’s creator himself adapted and reworked from his… Read More Survivors remake episode four series one was broadcast ten years ago today
THE FIRST SERIES of the BBC’s 2008 remake of Terry Nation’s Survivors reached its half-way point ten years ago today, as the third of six episodes premiered on BBC One. The third episode reintroduced the character of junior government minister Samantha Willis (played by Nikki Amuka-Bird), who is revealed to have set up a community,… Read More Survivors remake episode three series one was broadcast ten years ago today
THE SECOND EPISODE of the first series of the 2008 remake of Terry Nation’s Survivors premiered on BBC One ten years ago this evening – just two days after the opening episode was screened. Moving on from the apocalyptic catastrophe depicted in the first episode, this second instalment shows how Abby and her band of… Read More Survivors remake episode two series one was broadcast ten years ago today
ON 23 NOVEMBER 2008, the BBC broadcast the first episode of Adrian Hodges’ remake of Survivors, the first instalment of the six-part series one. Starring Julie Graham (as Abby Grant), Paterson Joseph (as Greg Preston), Zoë Tapper (as Dr Anya Raczynski), Max Beesley (as Tom Price), Phillip Rhys (as Al Sadiq), Nikki Amuka-Bird (as Samantha… Read More Ten years since the first episode of the Survivors remake premiered on BBC One
Audio drama specialists Big Finish have today (5 June 2014) released series one of their new Survivors audio adventures set in the time of place of Terry Nation’s original TV drama (1975-1977). Big Finish say: WE ARE IMMENSELY proud to announce the release of Terry Nation’s Survivors – Series 1. The original TV series ran… Read More Big Finish release new audio dramas based on original (1975-1977) Survivors
Series one and two of Survivors are now available for streaming download on the Hulu service (only currently available in the US). Hulu is an alternative and competitor to the Netflix service (which also offers Survivors for online streaming). Until 17 October 2013, all six episodes of series one are available free (to US residents… Read More Survivors being shown on the streaming Hulu service
To mark the arrival of 2013, a quick (unscientific) poll on the the question of responsibility for the cancellation of Survivors. Please vote by making a single choice; and add whichever additional thoughts you have in the Comments section (Note: to prevent spam and abuse, comments are moderated before publication).
Both series of Survivors are now available for viewing (in the UK) on the BT Vision service, as part of one of the service’s TV Packs or through a pay-per-view option (but are only available to BT Vision customers). All twelve episode were initially offered until today (31 December 2012), but their availability has now… Read More Survivors series one and two available on BT Vision
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
In the UK, Survivors may have been cancelled after two series, and Outcasts after just one, but in the US post-apocalyptic TV drama is continuing to enjoy an unexpected (and diverse) renaissance. New dystopian, post-apocalyptic TV drama Revolution premieres in on NBC (in the US) on 17 September 2012. Created by Eric Kripke, and produced… Read More Post-apocalyptic TV drama – new series and recommissions
A repeat broadcast of series one of Survivors begins on the BBC HD channel at 22:30 on Tuesday 17 January 2012.
Samples of award-winning TV composer Edmund Butt’s music for Survivors are available for streaming on the Cool Music web site. Amongst an online collection of samples of Butt’s work are two extracts from his Survivors score – Survivors – Sacrifice (2m, 46s) and Survivors – Anarchy (1m, 35s), in streaming MP3 format. There is no… Read More Survivors theme composer – streaming extracts online
In a feature on forthcoming BBC scifi drama Outcasts in SFX No 205 (March 2011) Tim OgleThorpe suggests that the BBC drama department is no longer keen to for series’ finales to end on unresolved cliffhangers. Says Oglethorpe: Interestingly, [show creator] Ben Richards says that the first series [of Outcasts] will end “on a series… Read More BBC takes different view of end of series cliffhangers – says SFX
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 launch of series one and series two of Survivors on the Netflix on-demand streaming video service has led to a surge of interest in the series in the USA. Only available within the US, Netflix (USA) also offers a postal DVD rental service alongside its online video library. Both series one and series two… Read More Netflix leads to surge of interest in Survivors in USA
Actor Max Beesley has denounced the BBC’s cancellation decision as ‘dreadful’, during an interview with Digital Spy. He told interviewer Paul Millar: “It’s a very difficult thing, this thing that’s happening now in the business, that is showbiz. It seems to be about ratings, and sustaining a market. “Certainly Survivors, when we put that series… Read More Max Beesley blasts ‘dreadful’ Survivors’ cancellation decision
Series one of Survivors has begun transmission on the national, free-to-air PRIME network in New Zealand on 29 July 2010. Thanks to AH for alerting the blog to this news.
Series one of Survivors secured a low-key late-night repeat on the BBC HD Channel in late July and early August 2010. The ninety-minute first episode was shown at 00:30 on Tuesday 27 July 2010, with episodes two to five then being shown at 01:00 between Wednesday 28 July and Saturday 31 Juy 2010. The repeat… Read More Survivors series one secures BBC HD repeat – July-August 2010
Italian TV station RAI-TRE which premiered series one of Survivors in September 2009 only to suspend transmission after showing just three episodes begins a repeat showing of series one on Monday 24 May 2010 at 11.10pm. Italian Survivors fans naturally hope that this time the broadcaster will commit to showing the entire run – of… Read More Italian broadcaster RAI-TRE repeats Survivors series one
The Region 1 (US and Canada) Survivors series one and two box set is reviewed on ComingSoon.net and on the Are You Screening? blog.